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Tube Feeders

Tube feeders are one of the most popular designs. They are available in different materials and in different colors.

Tube feeders are designed for two different styles of seed ports. Be sure to match the feeder with the seed type.

    • Finch (Nyjer) feeders: Feeding ports are designed for dispensing the small Nyjer® seeds popular with goldfinches and Pine Siskins.
    • Seed feeders: Feeding ports are designed for dispensing sunflower or mixed seed.

Look for these features in selecting a tube feeder:
    •    Removable bottom for easy cleaning
    •    Locking mechanism for the top to prevent access by squirrels
    •    Metal tops and bottoms
    •    UV stabilized polycarbonate tube
    •    Threaded base for pole mounting or the addition of a seed tray
    •    Seed baffle at bottom of tube to keep all seed within reach

peanut feeder

A typical tube feeder. Droll Yankees is a leading manufacturer of tube feeders.

tube feeder in a cage

Some tube feeders are available inside a metal cage.

The cage stops squirrels and larger, less desirable bird species from reaching the seed.
What you should know…
    •    Tube feeders made of plastic are less expensive than those with metal parts but do not last as long.
    •    Squirrels will chew through plastic feeders to reach the seed.
    •    Some tube feeders use plastic tubes that are not UV stabilized. They will tend to crack after exposure to sunlight.
    •    Seed left for long periods at the bottom of a feeder can become moldy. Be sure to circulate the seeds and keep the feeder clean.

Quick Hits

Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks feed on other birds. They will sometimes hang around feeders in hopes of capturing an easy meal.  They only take what they need to eat, so they are not going to eat any more song birds by visiting your feeder station.  If you are concerned, take down your feeders for 3-4 weeks.  The raptors will usually move on.