Attracting Birds – Types of Wild Bird Feeders

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Karolyn Warfel with Woodstream Corporation talks about how to make your yard bird friendly. In this video we will focus on how to choose the right feeder for your backyard.

    Karolyn Warfel: I am Karolyn Warfel with Perky-Pet Wild Bird Feeders. Today, I'm talking about how to make your yard more bird friendly. And now we're going to talk about how to choose the right feeder for your backyard. There are several different styles of bird feeders. The first and the most common is a Chalet Feeder. This is a rectangular or squared feeder that's constructed of wood, metal, and even plastic. Any of these varieties will work. This one in particular is a high capacity feeder that offers suet cages as also as an option. You can put your suet cake in here to appeal to a larger base of birds. This chalet is a metal chalet that has a secure lock lid which locks your lid down tightly after the seed is in it. And it also has U-shaped perches that enable the bird to perch from different areas of the feeder. Also a very nice feature when looking at bird feeders. The next chalet is a plastic chalet it also has the U-shaped perches, the Sure-lock cap and has a unique feature, the two-in-one feeding ports. The two-in-one feeding ports allow you to feed thistle seed from the small hole, you simply rotate the port or if you change your mind, and want to offer sunflower seed or a mixed seed, you try to change it to the wider opening. The next, most common style of bird feeders is a tube feeder. This is your basic plastic tube, it offers sunflower seed from wider port and it also has perches. This next tube feeder is a Thistle or Nyjer seed feeder. This one in particular is an upside down thistel feeder targeted for goldfinch. The goldfinch will actually hang upside down on this perch and feed from the tiny port here, the holds that thistle. Has some added protection with squirrel resistance around the feeder with a metal band. The next style of tube feeder is a tube feeder that has a tray and it also has metal ports. The metal ports add an extra value against squirrel resistance, makes it lot harder for the squirrels to chew the ports when they're going after the seed, when it's metal. The tray enables you to minimize your waste from seed. Lot of times the birds will peck out a lot of the seed, it will fall to the ground, with the tray you can contain it on the tray and they can eat off of the tray as well. Another popular squirrel resistance tool is a weight activated feeder. This one, when the squirrel jumps on, it closes off the port so that the squirrel can't get to the seed. It's adjustable, so you can adjust it based on the weight you think your squirrel is. Plus you can keep it active for larger birds. Another squirrel resistance is a cage feeder. The cage prevents the squirrel from damaging the seed feeder inside, and this one is unique as that it has an even seed technology. There are three segments in the feeder here, each segment can hold a different type of feed, and also keeps your ports active a lot longer. The birds can feed at this until all the seed is gone here, while these are also active, instead of slowly dreaming it like a typical feeder. We also have some unique specially feeders. There's a peanut feeder that's great for woodpeckers, they can cling onto the outside of the feeder and eat the peanuts. And then also we have a suet feeder. This hole is a metal feeder that holds the suet cake, and the birds can cling off this and feed as well. Now, that you know the types of feeders that are available in the market the next thing you want to do is pick that right location for your feeder.