How Many Bird Feeders Do I Need?

Many Bird Feeders in My Yard
How Many Feeders Do I Need?

If you are just starting to feed backyard birds, you might wonder how many feeders you need. There isn’t one right answer. And really, it is largely up to you. You could choose a single feeder or a dozen. My advice is to start with one feeder and see how it goes. Add more if you find you enjoy feeding birds and if you want to feed more birds or more types of birds.

Here are some feeder suggestions to get you started. (All are feeders I have personally used in my own yard.)

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Erva’s Bluebird Feeder & Dried Mealworms

Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Erva Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder
Eastern Bluebird in Adjusted Mealworm Feeder

Sometimes a feeder works great right out of the box. But sometimes you need to make adjustments. I use Erva’s Starling Proof Mealworm Feeder to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds and Carolina Wrens. I like this bluebird feeder very much, but I think it is designed for live mealworms rather than dried. You might not think that would make a difference but it does. I needed to make a change to use Erva’s mealworm feeder with dried mealworms. (Don’t worry, it’s easy.)

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Squirrel Buster Classic Feeder Review

American Goldfinches on Squirrel Buster Classic Feeder
American Goldfinches on Squirrel Buster Classic Feeder

I’ve seen the Squirrel Buster Classic in stores before but always thought that its sister, the Squirrel Buster Plus, was a newer, better, bigger feeder. So I never gave this one much thought. But last year I took another look at it and have been using one in my yard ever since. I’ve found that I really like it and so do the birds! Here is my review of this feeder.

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