Bird Feeder Placement: Where to Hang Bird Feeders

Updated: Nov. 30, 2021

While the type of feeder you select is important, proper bird feeder placement is also part of successful backyard bird feeding.

In addition to selecting the right types of 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 bird feeder placement.

Measure Distance From Windows

bird feeder placementCourtesy Donna Rogers
Window bird feeders are safe for birds

To prevent window strikes, place bird feeders either within 3 feet of your windows or more than 10 feet away from them. You can even try a window bird feeder to see birds up close. 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.

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Use a Strong Feeder Pole

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

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Add a Baffle

bird feeder placementRob Ripma
Baffles stop critters from getting to your bird feeders. Birds like this Northern cardinal may perch on them before deciding which feeder to visit.

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. The top of the baffle should sit at least 4 feet off the ground.

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Hang Feeders High

squirrel on hummingbird feederCourtesy Ginny Phillips
Bird feeders can attract more than just birds!

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

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Plant Shrubs Nearby

Provide some nearby cover for your birds to hide should a hawk or other predator come by. Groups of small shrubs tend to be a good choice. Psst—find out what foods hawks eat.