The Best Bluebird Feeders and Feeding Tips

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Choose the best bluebird feeders and follow these feeding tips from fellow birders to attract more bluebirds to your backyard.

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Hanging Bluebird Mealworm Bird Feeder

Bluebirds like nest boxes and feeders out in the open, away from bully birds. This feeder has a roof to offer protection from rain, removable clear plexiglass sides for viewing, a cup for mealworms or suet nuggets, and two side entry holes that are the perfect size for bluebirds, but too small for starlings.

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Bluebird Tray Feeder

This large open tray feeder is crafted of durable Eastern red cedar and gives you a clear view of the birds! A perforated mesh bottom provides drainage. It includes a removable water tray, so you can also use this as a bird bath.

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Caged Bluebird Mealworm Feeder

This bluebird feeder allows you to offer mealworms, fruit or suet nuggets. The cage keeps squirrels and bully birds like starlings and grackles out. The dish removes for easy cleaning.

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More Birds Hanging Bluebird Feeder

Sometimes you just want to keep it simple, and this blue plastic mealworm dish fits the bill. It attaches to your feeder poll with a curved metal hanger. This bird feeder is also a perfect choice for offering grape jelly for orioles.

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Bluebird Flower Feeder

Flower lovers will adore this gorgeous bluebird feeder. The design looks like a blooming blue flower with petals on the side, and a sparkling blue crystal heart adorns the top. If you like this design, you can also get it in orange as an oriole feeder.

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Perky-Pet Dried Mealworm Feeder with Flexports

You no longer have to worry about wind blowing away dried mealworms. This feeder features flexports, so birds can remove the mealworms without making a mess. The top removes for easy filling and cleaning.

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Red Cedar Mealworm Bluebird Feeder

This bluebird feeder is handmade out of red cedar wood with small 1 1/2 inch entrance holes to keep bigger birds out. Plexi-glass sides allow you a clear view of the bluebirds, and a hinged top allows for easy access to refill and clean the mealworm dish.

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Male bluebird feeding mealworms to a fledgling

Bluebird Feeder Tips

“Our bluebirds love suet but struggle on the suet cages, so we have a covered platform feeder where we leave some for them,” says Debby Miller of Middlefield, Ohio.

“Make a distinct noise every time you put out food to condition them to come,” says Karen Mullin of North Augusta, Ontario.

“My bluebirds fly to a certain spot and wait for me to come out with their mealworms. I love it when they begin to bring their babies to the buffet!” says Anne Dudley of Stillwater, Minnesota. Learn when bluebirds nest and lay eggs.

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Juvenile bluebirds on a birdbath

“Bluebirds don’t seem too interested in our food supply, but they sure like to gather at the birdbath! Fresh water keeps them coming back,” says Kristen Clark of Tijeras, New Mexico. Check out the best birdbaths to attract birds.

“Offer dried mealworms—it’s easy to provide this source of protein,” says Laurie Dohrmann of Bettendorf, Iowa.

“I offer mine plenty of mealworms in a starling-proof bluebird feeder that’s mounted on a sturdy post with a predator guard,” says Vincent Drexler of Canal Fulton, Ohio.

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Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her backyard gardens. She also is an avid bird-watcher.