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How to Choose a Bird Feeder

Bird feeders are a great no-mess way of providing food for the birds in your garden, however, how do you choose a bird feeder when there’s so much choice out there?

When choosing a bird feeder it’s important to consider the following:

The type of food you’ll be using

There are five basic types of bird feeder on the market, which roughly speaking cater to the different types of food that you might put out for the birds.

  • Seed and Nyger Feeders
  • Sunflower Heart Feeders
  • Peanut Feeders
  • Energy Ball Feeders
  • Ground Feeders

How long you want the bird feeder to last

Robust stainless steel designs, such as our Peckish All Weather Feeders, will last longer than plastic feeders; they’re less likely to be damaged by squirrels too. Metal feeders are also generally easier to take apart for cleaning than plastic variants.

If you’re a newcomer to feeding the birds, it’s a good idea to start with our Peckish Complete Easy Feeder, a ready-to-use feeder which is pre-filled with our premium Peckish Complete Seed and Nut Mix.

If you have a problem with squirrels!

We offer two feeders in our Peckish range which are squirrel proof: Peckish Squirrel Proof Seed Feeder and Peckish Squirrel Proof Peanut Feeder. We also offer squirrel-proof bird food which contains chilli, an ingredient that squirrels dislike and therefore steer away from.

View our full range of feeders here. 

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