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8 Platform Bird Feeders Your Feathered Friends Will Love

A platform bird feeder gives you great views of your backyard birds. Here are our picks for the best platform feeders you can buy.

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Nature’s Friend Recycled Composite Platform Bird Feeder

This platform bird feeder is both environmentally friendly and a great choice for your feathered friends. It’s made from cut-off wood from the company’s main production line, meaning nothing goes to waste—and the boards are made from recycled material. It’s weather- and stain-resistant, and requires no assembly.

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Monarch Abode Black Mesh Hanging Feeder

As the description for this feeder notes, you can hang it anywhere and enjoy watching your beautiful birds eat their meals. It’s made of iron for durability and features a “tray” construction. Powder-coated and rust-proof, it’s made to last.

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3-in-1 Platform Feeder

This feeder is a great choice for the birder that wants versatility in their backyard feeders. You can hang it from a tree with an included hanger, use it as a ground feeder or mount it on a pole as a ground-based platform feeder. The 6-pound seed capacity holds plenty of food. Even better, a built-in drainage hole keeps seed from getting moldy or soggy when it rains.

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These no-mess bird feeders will keep your backyard clean.

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Handmade Wooden Tray Platform Bird Feeder

This handmade platform feeder is perfect for adding a natural splendor to the feeders in your yard. The Etsy seller keeps the cedar unfinished so it’s “more like the bird’s natural environment.” It has a capacity of 4 lbs. of seed and a mesh bottom so any water that gets in can flow out.

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These are the most unique feeders you can buy on Etsy (that your birds will actually use!).

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Tray Ground Bird Feeder

Unique and eye-catching, this feeder stands out from the platform feeder crowd. Available in black, blue, gray, yellow, green, tan, red, and yellow, there’s sure to be a color for any backyard birder. The tray is removable, which makes cleaning it a breeze. Best of all, it’s made from recycled material.

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Mounted Railing Tray Bird Feeder

If you’d rather not hang your platform feeder, this option from Etsy is perfect for you. Made from cedar, it screws onto a railing—like on a patio fence or deck—with thumb screws and rails. There is an aluminum screen at the bottom for water drainage, but the seller also offers a “heavy duty” version that takes into consideration the possibility of larger animals or birds visiting the feeder.

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Backyard Essentials Deck Feeder

This basic feeder is a good option for a variety of backyard critters, and it won’t break the bank! Made of steel mesh, it attaches to a deck rail (for flying birds) or functions equally well sitting on a flat surface (for ground-feeding birds). Take note of the size — 7 1/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches. Since it’s not a large feeder, it’s perfect for small-space bird feeding.

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Duncraft Easy-Serve Window Bird Feeder

Get extra close to your backyard birds with this creative feeder from Duncraft. The possibilities are endless—as the description notes, you can put peanuts on the surface, or seed, or mealworms, or even grape jelly. Just stick the feeder to your window via the suction cups, add food, and sit back and watch your feathered friends swoop in. Psst—also try these window bird feeders to give you closer views of the birds.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily Hannemann is an associate digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in magazine writing from the University of Missouri - Columbia. When she’s not writing and editing, you’ll find her swimming, running, or hiking. She knows blue jays are controversial, but she loves them anyway.