Choose the Best Finch Feeders to Attract More Finches

Fill these finch feeders with nyjer thistle seed to attract more finches to your backyard. Learn the benefits of each type of bird feeder.

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When I ask new backyard birders to list some species they would like to attract, finches are almost always one of the first species mentioned. 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 types of finch feeders to buy.

tube finch feederVia Amazon

Tube Finch Feeder

This is the most common type of finch feeder, and it will be very popular with the finches if it is cared for properly. You want to be sure to find one that will be easy to clean. Since the tube can trap water, and water can cause the seed to mold, you should clean this feeder frequently in order to keep the birds coming back. A removable bottom and quality tube brush are a must.

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sock finch feederVia Duncraft

Sock Finch Feeder

Sock feeders are simple and typically the finches love them. They are inexpensive but since they are just made of fabric, they do wear out quickly. They can be washed but be sure to replace them when they begin to look especially dirty or torn. Get more tips on how to attract goldfinches to your backyard.

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mesh thistle seed finch feederVia Chewy.com

Mesh Finch Feeder

Mesh feeders are similar to sock feeders but are much more durable. They are made of a metal mesh. Much like the sock feeders, the finches just cling right to them to feed. 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. I personally only use this type of finch feeder and highly recommend them!

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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.

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