Bird Feeder Guide

These icons will help you discover the best way to feed our bird foods to your wild birds. We encourage you to experiment, but getting the right food into the right bird feeder will make feeding the birds easier, safer and more wild birds will benefit.

If in doubt, ask one of our bird food champions for their advice - use the live chat (below right) Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 4.30 pm and they'll  help you to make the right decision as even the best bird foods won’t work if they’re fed from the wrong type of bird feeder.

The right bird feeder will attract more birds to your garden. It will help keep food fresh for longer and make it easier for birds to feed - here's a basic guide to get you started: 

Seed Feeder

This type of feeder is suitable for sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts and seed mixes - excluding soft foods (see below for these).

These tube feeders are specially designed to allow free-flowing seed and seed mixes to flow through the feeder, so the level drops down as the birds take the food. Many species of garden bird will use them, including the Greenfinch, , Chaffinch, Siskin, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit. Finches will typically stay on a feeder perch while feeding, whereas tits will usually take away individual seeds to eat elsewhere.

In the Haith’s range we offer sizes from two to six ports. It really is better to go for a larger bird seed feeder so that more birds can get on it - particularly important for birds that prefer to feed in flocks.

Peanut Feeder

A mesh design that should always be used to feed peanuts.

The relatively large size of a whole peanut is difficult for many species to eat and there's also the danger of young birds choking on the nut. So pecking at them through the mesh is much better. You can generally expect to attract tits, Greenfinches, House Sparrows, Siskins and – fingers crossed - Great Spotted Woodpeckers. The latter are far more common than people think and attracting them to most gardens is relatively easy.

Haith’s high-quality metal peanut feeders are great as squirrels (who love peanuts) aren't able to chew through to get to the nuts inside.

Niger Feeders

Especially designed for tiny Niger seeds.

These feeders work in the same way as our normal seed feeders but the ports are smaller to make sure tiny seeds don't pour out. Goldfinches will be the main species to use this type of feeder, but Siskins will also be attracted as they too have a relatively pointed bill that enables them to get at the tiny seeds.

Suet Feeder

Haith’s premium-quality suet provides flexible energy-rich fats and carbohydrates. Flexible because it can be fed in many different ways, for example: placing suet pellets on trees can encourage birds to forage and promotes normal behaviour. The most popular feeding format, though, is via suet feeders such as the one on the right.

Soft food feeders and Live Food Feeders

Designed for soft foods and live foods, such as: Mealworm Crumble; Golden Chorus; Prosecto Insectivorous - but also ideal for Dried Mealworms and seed mixes.

Soft foods really need to be kept dry as they'll turn into a bit of sludge if they get wet, so the 'roof' on this type of feeder will keep the rain off.

Bird Tables and Ground Feeders

Birds like the Dunnock, Song Thrush and Blackbird won't use bird feeders - they're just not adapted to feed in this way. They prefer to feed from a bird table or simply from the ground. You can feed most of Haith’s range from a bird table or the ground, but those that leave less waste are the best. Why not try Huskfree Advance or Premium Wild Bird Food?

Feeding Stations
There comes a time in every garden birder’s life when they need more room to hang bird feeders. Whilst some gardens are blessed with mature trees, others are not - feeding stations resolve this issue.

In our experience, it’s better to select a kit that’s already been created as that’s likely (certainly in Haith’s case) to have been tested. A good kit will contain everything you need (except birds and bird feeders, some do include food though) to attract birds into your garden.

If you haven’t already noticed this you soon will, birds like to feed on different levels. It’s therefore good practice to provide food accordingly, some on the ground (or ground feeder), some in bird feeders, and some on bird tables. A well-positioned feeding station with lots of different feeders and trays may attract lots of different bird species due to the fact that it’s providing food at different levels.

Bird Feeder Accessories

Experiment and find out what works best for your garden birds by attaching high-quality accessories.

Food trays stop husks from gathering beneath feeders and also provide extra perching space. Cleaning brushes are designed with soft bristles not to scratch and degrade UV Polycarbonate bird seed feeders.