Setting up a Bird Feed Station

Mar 5, 2022 | Outside

I’ve been loving and using the potting bench that I made a couple weeks ago. I’ve planted a few types of tomatoes, basil, peppers, and kale and some of them have even sprouted over the last couple days. Exciting times for a girl who loves to garden!

In keeping with the Spring theme, I set up a bird feeding bonanza to help my bird friends. Not only are birds cool to look at and listen to, they also provide natural pest control for my garden. We get a bunch of vegetable destroying Japanese beetles in my area and birds love to eat them. An enemy of Japanese beetles (and other garden pests) is a friend of mine!

To attract birds to my yard, I set up 2 feeders, a double suet holder, a hummingbird feeder, and a beautiful granite birdbath.

Between the green tube feeder attracting small birds, the platform house feeder attracting large birds, and the hummingbird feeder attracting well, hummingbirds, the feeding station covers all my feathered friends. And the more types of of birds, the more types of bugs that are eaten.

Wanting to set up your own bird feeding bonanza? Here are the bird feeders (and bird food) I recommend after many years of having many feeders.

  1. Hummingbird Feeder: This is a beautiful feeder with its copper accents. It also has 5 feeding stations for plenty of eating space.
  2. Hummingbird Nectar: This nectar has copper in it so that it makes the nectar last longer. It’s also more environmentally friendly than liquid nectar because you’re not paying for water. When using it, only fill your feeder to the halfway initially since you won’t know how much use it gets and the nectar doesn’t last more than 2 weeks.
  3. Wind Chimes: Okay so this is not a bird feeder, but I’ve had these exact chimes for years and they sound so melodic and pretty. They are wind chimes for those who like their neighbors according to their advertising. 🙂
  4. Suet Holder: This suet holder holds 2 cakes so that you don’t have to refill it as often. My bird friends line up to eat suet from this feeder.
  5. Suet Cakes: Perfect size cakes for the suet holder and these are a good price as well.
  6. Bird Feeder: If you only get one bird feeder this is the one! It’s sturdy and durable and has lots of space for birds to eat.
  7. Acrylic Feeder: This feeder has provided my family hours of entertainment. You stick it on a window and the birds fly right up so that you can see them doing their birdie thing. I especially like this one because it has a slanted roof so that if you forget to take it down in winter and it snows, the snow won’t weight it down but will slide right off.

One other thing that I included in my bird feeder setup was a bird bath which is definitely a nice addition. The one I have is granite and that’s the one I recommend since it will last a lifetime. I used to buy ones that were made of metal or resin and had to replace them every couple years because they just don’t last. The granite one though will outlive me!

I bought mine at my local bird store and it was pricy ($340) but, for me, it was worth it. If you’re looking for the same, I would call your local bird store or granite shop. They’re too pricey to ship, so you’ll have to source yours locally.

Are you also a bird lover? Let me know if you’ve found a great feeder you love!