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Buying a Bird Feeder Online

Updated on February 26, 2011

Bird Feeders

Over the years I have spend many a pleasurable hour watching birds feeding in both back and front yards. In the spring and early fall the feeders are a busy place as the migratory songbirds come and go. During the winter, the songbirds, and others who stick it out with you, keep alive and singing, thanks to the food the feeder makes available.

Feeding birds is a responsibility that is not to be taken lightly. The birds will become dependent upon the feeder and this means they rely on you to make sure there is food available. This is especially so during the winter months when food is at a premium, and very hard to find.

If you are planning to but a bird feeder online, the first decision you need to make is what type of feeder you want. There are several choices.

Bird Feeders:

The choice of feeder is directly related to the type of birds you are seeking to attract.

Suet feeders will bring a variety of birds to your backyard. You can hang the suet feeder from a tree branch or from a plant hanger, for example. The basic suet feeder is a plastic-coated wire cage that flips open on one end. These feeders are the correct size for the commercial suet cakes that are available in many stores.

Suet is a good choice for a fall and winter food. If you plan to sue suet in the summer, check and be sure it is suitable for the hot temperatures as suet can become rancid and unsuitable for eating fairly.

The platform feeder is often a tray that has raised edges and the birds can perch on the edges or land right on the seed. Squirrels and other creatures can readily raid this feeder.

The tubular feeder is, possibly, the most common type of backyard birdfeeder. They are simple to fill which is an important point on a sub-zero winter morning. Tubular feeders have access holes and perches that allow the birds to readily enjoy the seeds.

When buying a bird feeder online be sure to consider the cost of shipping before making a purchase. What seems like a deal may not be so when shipping is added to the overall cost.

Before buying the feeder make sure that the seeds or the suet cakes you plan on using are available locally so you do not run out of food and have to wait for a delivery.

Bird feeders can be an attractive landscape feature so give some thought about how the feeder fits in with yoru overall design before buying.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for commenting.

  • DustinsMom profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    Great information. I am only interested in bluebirds right now and have tried a variety of houses. The bluebird slot house is working really good so far.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I keep my bird feeder full all the time as I enjoy them immensely. I just put out my hummingbird feeder although I think it is a little early. Thanks for the great advice.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You can build your own that is an option, thank you all for dropping by.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for a great read and advice.

  • msorensson profile image


    8 years ago

    Great educational hub. Thanks, Bob

  • suziecat7 profile image


    8 years ago from Asheville, NC

    Bird feeders have gotten expensive. I have some homemade ones but they are beginning to see their better day.


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