The Best Finch Feeders to Serve Thistle Seed

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Fill finch feeders with nyjer thistle seed to attract more finches. Add the best finch feeders to your yard and watch flocks of finches roll in.

When I ask talk to new backyard birders, almost all of them say they want to attract goldfinches. Picking the correct bird feeder and birdseed can determine whether you’ll be seeing finches or not. Finches like to eat nyjer thistle seed. Here are the best finch feeders to buy.

Finch feeder 193i CopyYankee Glass Art

Glass Mason Jar Finch Feeder

Pick a charming glass feeder that’s perfect for appeasing a bounty of visiting finches. Each one is handmade with an individual look. $87 at

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Nyjer Selective Feeder

Keep pesky squirrels out while still offering food to beautiful birds with this selective feeder. The overhanging roof provides a dry spot to eat, too. $60 at

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Triple Tube Nyjer Feeder

Draw in a crowd with this triple tube thistle feeder. It holds up to 3 pounds of seed, so birds will have plenty to enjoy. This is the most common type of finch feeder, and it will be very popular with the finches if it is cared for properly. Since the tube can trap water, and water can cause the seed to mold, you should clean this feeder frequently. $90 at

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perky pet finch feederPerky-Pet

Finch Feeder With Flexports

You won’t have to worry about thistle getting wet or spilling with this finch tube feeder—it features a flexible port design that allows birds to grab exactly what they need. $7 at

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perky pet mesh tube finch feederPerky-Pet

Yellow Finch Tube Feeder

Add some sunshine to your landscape by hanging this mesh tube feeder, which holds 2 pounds of seed. You typically don’t see the same amount of issues with wet seed as you do in a solid tube feeder. Air can move through the feeder and dry the seed if it gets wet.  $27 at

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sock finch feederVia Duncraft

Sock Finch Feeder

Sock feeders are simple and inexpensive. Typically the finches love them. Birds just cling right to them to feed. Since they are just made of fabric, these feeders do wear out quickly. They can be washed but be sure to replace them when they begin to look especially dirty or torn. $7 at

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mesh thistle seed finch feederVia

Stokes Select Sedona Screen Bird Feeder

This mesh feeder features a removable top and bottom for effortless cleaning, and holes on the bottom of the tray help rainwater drain out. Metal mesh feeders are similar to sock feeders but are much more durable. $50 at

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If you are curious about which finches are visiting your feeders, read about the three kinds of goldfinches found in the United States and learn how to tell the difference between house finches and purple finches.

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.