Bird Feeding Tips: Feeder Placement

While the type of feeder you select is important, where you put your feeders is also part of successful backyard bird feeding.

In addition to selecting the proper bird feeders, where you place the feeders in your yard can effect how successful you are with your backyard bird feeding. In order to attract the most birds, follow these simple tips on feeder placement.

Bird Feeding Tips: Feeder PlacementRob Ripma
Rob Ripma Not only can baffles stop critters from getting to your bird feeders, sometime birds like this Northern Cardinal will perch on them before deciding which feeder to visit.

1. To avoid window strikes, place your feeders either within 3 feet of your windows or more than 10 feet away from them. If the birds hit your window from within 3 feet they will likely not be going fast enough to hurt themselves. If your feeders are more than 10 feet away, they birds should have time to make adjustments and avoid your windows. This won’t completely stop window strikes but it should help.

2. If you are using a pole or shepard’s hook to hang your feeders, be sure that it’s large enough to hold the weight of the feeders you plan to hang without bending.

3. To avoid issues with chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, and other critters, consider using a baffle. Remember, in order for a baffle to be successful, your feeders should be places at least 10 feet from the closest object that squirrels could jump from and the top of the baffle should sit at least 4 feet off the ground.

4. Be sure to hang your feeders high enough that ground predators can’t jump up and catch the birds on your feeders. This is especially important if you live in an area that has many feral cats.

5. Provide some nearby cover for your birds to hide should a hawk or other predator come by. Small bushes tend to be a good choice.

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