If you have a dedicated bird yard, your bird feeding station must include one or two quality finch feeders. Finches are some of the most colorful, vibrant, lively and entertaining birds to have at your backyard.
Not only these birds are extremely cute and chirpy, but they also come in many shades of orange, red and yellow, depending on the species. House Finches and Goldfinches (especially the American Goldfinches) are among the most common species that you will find in America. However, other species such as Chaffinches, Pine Siskin, or Purple Finches are not too uncommon either.
Now, when it comes to buying a Finch feeder, you must note that finches have small beaks that are not too powerful. The birds are granivores and as such, they love to eat seeds and according to experienced backyard birders, the two types of seeds that birds love the most include the small, black nyjer seeds (also called thistles) and the sunflower seeds.
Now, sunflower kernels are fine, however the problem with sunflower seeds is that a huge number of other birds love them, too. And these include many larger birds including the House Sparrows. And as the latter is known to be an extremely aggressive species, they can actually harm the finches (as well as some other smaller birds) if you provide a sunflower seed feeding station that can be accessed by all the birds. So, if you want to feed the finches sunflower seeds, you’ll need to adopt a few effective strategies (or the right kind of sunflower seed feeder designed especially for the finches) to ensure their safety. (Please read the next section of our article for more information of this.)
Also, remember that finches have small beaks and they cannot break open the shells of the sunflower seeds, which means you’ll have to provide them with shelled sunflower kernels. For these reasons, the most popular finch food option is the Nyjer seeds (also spelled Nijer). Not many birds eat these seeds (other then finches, a small number of birds such as doves and chickadees prefer this food) and strangely enough, even squirrels do not fancy them either. It is due to these reasons that you’ll find that a majority of the models included in the following Top Finch Feeders list are nyjer tube, metal mesh, or sock feeders.
1Kaytee Finch Feeder
Kaytee Finch Station 2 is an integrated (as opposed to isolated pre-filled sock feeders) sock feeder that comes equipped with 2 sock feeders. If you have droves of finches and other small birds frequenting your garden, this feeder is an ideal choice as it holds close to 7 pounds of seeds (inside the two socks plus within the large reservoir dome that tops the feeder). Although we favor the wire mesh or tube feeders for feeding finches, we recommend this model for its well-thought out design that pays attention to a lot of details.
The weather-resistant dome reservoir, for example, does not only provide protection for the birds and holds extra seed, the design also includes an unique, patented gravity-fed system (allowing seeds to flow smoothly into the socks) and an easy-to-fill cover at the top (that you can twist open when filling the reservoir and then slide it down the cable rod again and lock it tight). There is also a coated and durable looped metal hanger that lets you hang the feeder any place you want. Finally, the soft and pliable material used to make the socks keep the seeds fresh and make it easy for the birds to eat the seeds.
Another telling benefit of using this feeder is that you won’t have to worry about cleaning the feeder. You can keep using the socks as long as they don’t look worn or ripped. The Finch Station 2 comes with two replacement socks as well (on top of the two that you can use right away).
Easy to fill
No cleaning necessary
In wet weather, the socks may worn out pretty fast; also the seeds get moldy relatively quickly.
2Green and Black Finch Feeder GB5F00340
Another Perky Pets product that is fairly similar in design and functionality as to the product described just above. However, this is a somewhat larger model and holds 2lbs of seed and the tube features a zigzag instead of a straight design. Also, the overhang top is designed as a baffler and as such, helps keep the squirrels and the critters away (the metal mesh at any rate is adequate to discourage the critters, all the same it’s nice to have some extra protection). There is however one thing that ‘baffles’ us which is the green and black color of the model (finches normally get attracted to the color yellow, which is why most finch feeder models incorporate yellow within their different parts).
Highly functional and durable
Low-maintenance and easy cleaning
Black and green design with no yellow
3Droll Yankees Finch Flocker Birdfeeder
The Droll Yankees tube finch feeders are a favorite with many finch lovers. This particular model is the largest they have on this line measuring 36 inches in height and containing as many as 20 ports! So, if you have a charm of finches visiting your garden space, consider this model with a capacity of 3.5 lbs. Droll Yankees have smaller models as well with the same design and one of them is reviewed later on this list.
There are various reasons to love this model. First of all, the tube is made of UV-stabilized durable plastic and it holds up pretty well even in extremely hot conditions. At any rate, the model comes with Lifetime Warranty (for defective parts, but the warranty will also cover any damages perpetrated by squirrels and the like! Great, isn’t it?). The little holes across the length of the tube are fitted with well-built aluminum perches that will not do any harm to the little feet of the birds. Filling the tube is also easy; all you have to do is slide open the top and pour in more seeds.
However, with plastic tubes, drainage is always a problem. In order to minimize this hassle, the base of the model contains tiny holes for better ventilation and drainage. However, if you still find that some seeds are getting stuck at the bottom, use some moisture-absorbing product (we’ve found Feeder Fresh a good option) and put some of them at the end of the tube before filling it up with seeds.
Large capacity with 20 feeding ports
Zinc die-cast metal yellow top and base
Comprehensive Lifetime Warranty
Cleaning may be a bit of a hassle if seeds get stuck at the bottom
4Perky-Pet LH00355 Solar Lighthouse Finch Bird Feeder
If you want something fancy for your backyard, do consider this wonderfully designed solar lighthouse finch feeder from Perky Pets. This is another of their ‘no wood/no plastic’ product and ensures great durability. Measuring 14 inches long, the feeder holds 1.5 lbs of nijer seeds or a nijer mix. The light comes from the solar-powered LED units fitted at the ‘top story’ of the lighthouse that contains four small windows. Apart from the dish/tray at the bottom, there is another perching ring halfway up the ‘lighthouse’. Overall, a great gift option for your bird-loving friend or you may use it at your own backyard, if you so wish.
Attractive, innovative design
Durable and functional
All metal construction
The nighttime light may attract critters more than the birds!
5Sorbus Bird Feeder – Classic Tube Hanging Feeders for Finches
If you want to feed your finches sunflower seeds instead of nyjer, this model is a great option. However, keep in mind what we said earlier—sunflower seeds will attract many birds beside the finches. Other alternatives are black oil sunflower mix or Mixed Seed, especially a mix that contains the white prose millet. This tube feeder, however, is best for those who want to have a variety of little birds beside finches (e.g., redpolls, siskins, chickadees, etc.) feeding from the tube. However, the model features only four feeding holes/perches and the seed-dispensing holes are somewhat bigger for our taste (which may lead to more waste). The model currently comes in 2-PACK.
Durable tube made of premium grade plastic
Easy filling option
Ideal for all seasons
Somewhat bigger seed holes
Green base and cap—so again, no yellow
6Woodlink NATUBE20NB Nyjer Thistle Finch Feeder
Another of our favorite tube feeders from WOODLINK, the renowned brand for all bird food-related items and accessories. The model is a dedicated nyjer seed tube with six perches and yellow polypropylene top and bottom and it will hold 1.25 lbs of nyjer seeds.
Easy to fill and clean
Functional and durable
Perches are not of the highest quality and need to be manually assembled
7Woodlink NAWLNT Audubon Die Cast Aluminum Finch Screen Tube Wild Bird Feeder
This 13-inch wire mesh or screen feeder, again from Woodlink, is another nijer seed feeder and will hold about 1lb of seed. Functional and durable, this one is a good choice if you want a reliable mesh feeder at an affordable price.
Die-cast aluminum construction
Yellow top and base
No tray at the bottom
8Songbird Essentials BirdQuest 36inch Patented Squirrel Proof Finch Feeder
If you want an absolutely high-end model, this Songbird Essentials thistle feeder is the one to go for. An all around well-built model and a towering one at that (at 36 inches!), the model contains nine feeding holes and an attractive and patented spiral perch design. Holds 3-4 lbs of seeds.
Attractive spiral design
Durable build with Lifetime Warranty
9Droll Yankees New Generation Finch Flocker Bird Feeder
If you want a really small finch feeder, this 8-inch Droll Yankees model is the one for you. Otherwise, everything we said about its larger counterpart (REFER to the Item 4 on this list) applies for this model as well. Comes with 4 feeding ports, yellow top and base and holds up to ½ lb of seed.
10Yellow Straight Sided Finch Feeder YSSF00346
This is one of our favorites. This wire mesh feeder with Evenseed Technology is highly functional and comes with a no-frill design and it is also easier to attract the finches with this seeder (according to many users’ experience). The feeder is meant to be filled with nyjer seeds and holds about 1.5 lbs of them.
We love this feeder for multiple reasons. To begin with, this item from the house of Perky Pets is made of durable, high-quality material (the ‘No/No’ of the name refers to no plastic/no wood construction of the model). The metal mesh also comes in a powder-coated finish that will resist rust. As for functionality, the dish at the end of the mesh tube serves multiple functions. First of all, it gives the birds an additional place to perch and eat—the tray fills up with both seeds and the husks as the birds nibble away at the seeds put inside the tube. This means less waste (nijer seeds are expensive) but also that the ground underneath the feeder stays relatively clean. The tray also contains tiny plastic holes that help in de-moisturizing the seeds. And as with all metal mesh feeders, your seeds will stay fresh for a longer time since the mesh design allows for adequate ventilation (with plastic tubes, the seeds can get moldy relatively faster, especially in the wet weather—which makes cleaning of the tube somewhat of a hassle, too.)
Also, with the Evenseed Technology with baffles put inside the tube, the seeds are distributed evenly across the whole length of the tube and this ensures that the birds have enough space to feed from the tube as the seeds will never gather at a single place.
Yellow metal overhang with a ring hanger
Practical and functional design
Seeds stay fresh for a longer time
It is somewhat time-consuming to give the model a thorough cleaning. (Note, however, that you really don’t need this model to give a thorough cleaning regularly. But doing it once in a while is good for the longevity of the model. Please refer to the Product Description section for detailed cleaning instructions.)
Finch Feeder Selection Tips
The best finch feeders for any yard or other outdoor environment can vary from one location to the next. When shopping these products, you’ll want to think about the different factors that will ultimately affect your success in attracting and nourishing these birds. Some of the top concerns include problems with moisture, problems with mold, lack of durability, and difficulty cleaning.
A good feeder will be easy to load, and specially sized for meeting the needs of finches. This way, when finches come into your yard, they won’t have to contend with a lot of competition for nourishment. If you live in an especially rainy area, look for options with mesh or screen bases that are designed to help keep the available seed clean and dry. If your garden regularly plays home to wintering finches, shop for products that offer good coverage, and comfortable perches for resting. More importantly, look for feeder designs that are made from rugged, durable materials such as real wood, die-cast metal, poly-carbonate, or acrylic.
Types of Finch Feeders
One of the most important parts of selecting a finch feeder is determining which feeder type is going to be best for your yard, right for the current season, and most appealing to the finches in your area. There are several basic feeder designs that shoppers can choose from, each of which boasts its own array of both benefits and drawbacks.
Hopper feeders are perfect for small birds like finches, but they can lure in a few larger birds as well. Often made from post-consumer recycled plastic, metal or cedar, they can be either post-mounted or hung. These are perfect for storing sunflower seeds, which finches happen to be particularly fond of. If you’re a birder who’s interested in attracting an impressive range of species, hopper feeders could be the right choice for your yard. They are also excellent for providing an extra bit of coverage for wintering birds.
Seed tube feeders are an excellent, economical, and low-maintenance choice for birders who don’t have a lot of time. They’re great for attracting clinging birds and smaller birds. Commonly comprised of poly-carbonate or acrylic tubes, their based, caps and perches are often made out of die-cast metals. Best of all, many of the top options in seed tube feeders frequently come with lifetime warranties.
If you have a hard time keeping birdseed dry in the winter or spring months, you might want to invest in a platform feeder. These versatile units are able to attract birds of all sizes. Their screen bottoms are great for keeping seed dry during the rainy seasons, and they are also effective for preventing problems like mildew and mold. Moreover, with nice-sized roofs, these systems give finches a bit of comfortable shelter during times of inclement weather.
You might want to go for Nyjer thistle seed bird feeders if your ultimate goal is attracting finches. They are made specifically for these birds and boast durable, die-cast metal bases, caps, and purchases. Largely comprised of poly-carbonate and acrylic tubes, these feeders often come with lifetime guarantees as well.
Top Finch Feeder Brands
One of the top finch feeder brands is Kaytee. This brand offers a variety of relatively low-cost feeder designs that are just as durable as they are affordable. Their soft, mesh stock feeder can hold up to seven pounds of food. Moreover, it has a bright yellow color that’s guaranteed to attract large numbers of these birds whenever the unit is properly cleaned and filled.
Audobond is another great band to target when searching for and selecting a finch feeder for your yard. That’s because the Audobond Society is committed to the conservation of all birds. More importantly, it has and continues to invest countless hours and resources into researching the value and needs of birds, and into educating the world on its findings. As such, it offers feeders that are backed by reputable findings and that feature all of the amenities that specific bird species want and need when dropping by to pick up seeds.
Droll Yankees is a popular brand among birders everywhere. This company is well-known for producing feeders with user-friendly designs. Their products are incredibly easy to fill, clean, and hang. With bases that are zinc die-cast, they are also guaranteed to last. They hold up well in the temperate months of summer and spring, but many of the available units also make excellent winter feeders for those looking to attract small wintering birds who need extra energy.
Average Finch Feeder Pricing
Finch feeders are an excellent, low-cost investment for anyone who’s interested in luring more of these beautiful, small-sized birds into their garden or yard. When selecting a finch feeder, however, price should never be your sole concern. Instead, you’ll want to make sure that the unit is durable, easy to clean, and easy to refill. Feeders that provide resting platforms such as perches, and that offer other features such as coverage from the elements will invariably be more costly than those that are designed to do little more than hold and disburse seeds. At their lowest, some feeders are offered for as little as $3 to $5. More robust and ornate designs, however, can range anywhere between $15 and $40.
Finch Feeder Questions And Answers
How do I attract finches to my feeder?
The key to attracting finches to any feeder lies in supplying the right food and making sure that it’s properly placed. Finches like black seeds such as black-oil sunflower seeds. In fact, they generally prefer these seeds over all others. You also want to make sure that there is plenty of color around your bird feeders in order to lure more finches in.
Where is the best place to hang a finch feeder?
Finches, like other birds, are highly attracted to bright colors. Putting your finch feeder in a colorful area is a great way to lure more of them in. You can even hang a few colorful ribbons on or near your feeders, or simply make sure that these units are surrounded by colorful plans. As far as actual feeder placement goes, you always want to position these systems in areas in which birds can feel safe. For instance, thing about hanging your new feeder up by a nice tree or shrub.
Why won’t finches come to my feeder?
If you find that finches are regularly avoiding your feeder, it might be time to take it down and clean it. They don’t like feeders that are dirty, moldy, or odorous in any way. Feeders that are frequently exposed to rain are prone to these problems. Excess moisture can also cause seeds and grains to clump together, which can make it difficult for finches to get what they need. You should also keep in mind that all birds are creatures of habit. Thus, if you’ve recently hung a new feeder up, you might want to try temporarily taking all other feeders away.
What birds eater from a finch feeder?
Finch feeders are most likely to attract small, granivorous birds like finches. In most cases, only small-sized, thistle seeds will be able to pass through these feeders, only birds that have relatively small beaks will be able to reach the food that you’ve stored inside.
Where do finches go in winter?
During the coldest and harshest parts of winter, the southern migration of finches often brings them into the gardens and yards in relatively temperate areas. There are also sporadic irruptions of these birds in many southern areas, which is great news for birdwatchers who don’t have the chance to travel north for viewings. Often referred to as winter finches, these small finches frequently find their way to winter feeders including purple finches, Goldfinches, redpolls, pine siskens, and house finches. Their beautiful colors can look absolutely amazing against the white, winter backdrop of the regions that they inhabit at this time. To help keep these birds fueled up in the increasingly harsh climate, you can always add hulled sunflower, black-oil sunflower seeds, and a bit of extra Nyjer to your bird feeders. When selecting a finch feeder for the winter, you may want to look at screen or mesh clinging options, or platform or hopper feeders that have sufficiently large and comfortable perches.
Do finches eat sunflower seeds?
Finches are vegetarians with fairly inconsistent feeding preferences. One thing that remains consistently true about their eating habits, however, is that they love sunflower seeds. They are especially partial to black-oil sunflower seeds due to their high protein and meat content. In fact, if you mix these seeds with other seed varieties in your feeder, you’ll often find that finches work hard to carefully pick black-oil sunflower seeds out. Due to the small size of these birds, you’ll do best to supply whole sunflower seeds that have a soft outer shell. This way, your garden visitors can safely pick pieces of these seeds off, as necessary for sating their appetites.
How do you clean a finch feeder?
As with any bird feeder, you want to avoid cleaning this unit and its components with any solution that might leave behind harmful residues. It is generally sufficient to wash these systems out with nothing more than warm water and a gentle brush. However, if there’s evidence of mold, mildew, strong odors, or other problems, clean the entire system with a solution that’s ten parts water and one part chlorine bleach. After all odors and debris have been cleared away, rinse everything thoroughly until no bleach traces or odors remain. Once the feeder is completely dry, you can refill it with new birdseed and then put it back in place.