Updated at: 09-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Due to its large size, the blue jay cannot use conventional bird feeders. Instead, the best place to provide the bird with its preferred food is in the open, on a platform feeder.

You can attract Blue Jays to your feeder by providing them either a ground feeder or an open platform feeder mounted on a pole. You can feed wild blue jays a wide variety of foods, including peanuts with or without shells, seed mixtures, and dry or live mealworms.

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Observing where Blue Jays forage in the wild might help you attract these birds to feeders. Blue Jays use the ground, trees, and shrubs in their natural habitats.

Blue Jays, being rather large birds, are less likely to eat from a constrained, hanging bird feeder for seeds or nuts than they would be from a feeder with a more open platform.

It’s a plus since it may be supplemented with any other type of bird feeder food, unlike fruits or mealworms, which are off-limits. The nuts can include the peanuts in shells that Jays enjoy so much, with the hard seeds burst open on the surface of the platform.

Make it a ground-level or pole-mounted platform bird feeder open to the outdoors; if it hangs, it must be easily accessible.

Always keep in mind that Blue Jays can get physically aggressive at times, which will scare away other birds. If this is the case, a platform bird feeder can prevent Blue Jays from bothering more timid feeder birds like Titmice.

As shelled peanuts like these can only be fed to Blue Jays in the open, such as on a platform bird feeder in all weather situations, there is no reason to confine Blue Jays within bird feeders.

Specialized bird food, such as dried or live mealworms, sunflower seeds or seed mixes, or peanuts in or out of the shell, can serve as a substitute for the food that birds eat in the wild.

Occasionally, individuals will have to actively discourage Blue Jays from using a feeder in order to attract birds.

Jays, on the other hand, like to browse on the ground or in shrubs, where bird feed can be thrown without being restricted by or invisible to the birds. It is hoped that soon Blue Jays will begin using the backyard feeders.

Display favorites as seen in air

A blue jay munching on some nuts from an unrestricted bird feed bowl, from which the birds may survey the scene below them as they soar overhead or perch nearby.

Due to its size, the Blue Jay is not the most adept bird at bird feeders; therefore, a feeder that is exposed to the weather is required to attract this ubiquitous backyard bird.

A platform bird feeder with an open top on a pole, or a platform ground feeder with a hanging platform, are also good choices.

The open-air platform can showcase all the Blue Jays’ favorite bird food, drawing in the birds while they’re in the yard or flying overhead if any are passing by.

Put out peanuts or feed them to the birds whole in their shells, as this is the Blue Jay’s preferred method of consuming them (or at least storing them for the winter).

The Blue Jays will eat just about anything out of this type of bird feeder, so feel free to fill it with as many different kinds of food as you can think of (including, of course, nuts, seeds, with sunflower seeds being the most appreciated), as well as oats, berries, and tiny fruits.

Blue Jays aren’t suited to traditional nut or seed mix bird feeders like the clear window tube feeders variety since they’re too large to perch on the feeder’s perches.

Unless you want to use a seed feeder with a broad seed tray on the base, or a peanut feeder with an extended perch wedged into it, you’d have to use the open platform bird feeder.

Pop feed out of feeder

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If you put peanuts still in their shells into a plastic bowl and offer them to a blue jay, the jay might fly up to the platform feeder and consume all the seed there.

Since Blue Jays prefer to eat on the ground, it would be most convenient to leave a wide variety of bird food out for them on the ground.

Blue Jays and other larger birds don’t fit well in the confines of a complicated bird feeder, so putting out food directly on the ground can attract more of them.

However, a ground bird feeder is the way to go if you want to make sure the bird food lasts longer than if you simply threw it on the ground.

You’ll need to provide Blue Jays with a diet similar to what they get in the wild, which can include insects, nuts, seeds, berries, and even some small fruits.

Blue Jays can be appeased by providing either peanuts in or out of the shell or by switching out the random seed mix they eat in the wild for their preferred sunflower seeds.

Live mealworms can stand in for live insects collected in the outdoors, while dried mealworms are just as popular and less gross to handle.

Feeders that are open to the outdoors and designed to accommodate mealworms or fruits are preferred by blue jays for feeding, as these birds are unable to get these foods from a normal hanging bird feeder.

Layout vibrant colors

The proximity of the peanut in its shell to the bright blooms in the yard increases the likelihood that the Blue Jay will find it.

Blue Jays, despite their name, are not drawn to the color blue.

To be more specific, Blue Jays are drawn to any bright hue that stands out against a darker background.

In what kinds of bird seed blends do you specialize? The blue jays’ bright colors will draw in curious birds, and they’ll land to check out the bounty of seeds.

Placing bird feed near vibrant blooms or atop brightly painted wooden platform bird feeders will help offset the sometimes drab hue of the food.

Since blue jays will inevitably pay you a visit, now is the time to attract them with some bird seed; you won’t need to use such a garish color scheme.

Blue jays can tell just by looking at a bird feeder that it contains food for birds.

If you want to attract Blue Jays no matter the weather, invest in a feeder with as much color as possible, even if it’s just a speck.

Fountain bird bath noise

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The blue jay is enjoying a bird bath with minimal depth, and the bird has been attracted to the yard by the sound of running water and will likely use the feeder thereafter.

Attracting Blue Jays to a feeder requires not just easily accessible feeders but also their preferred bird food, all of which should be left out in the open and unprotected from the elements.

Blue Jays can’t use their noses to find bird seed, but they can see it from a distance, whether they’re perched on a branch in your yard or flying high above it.

But what a bird bath has that a feeder does not is the ability to attract birds with music

The soothing trickle of water from a solar-powered fountain bird bath will beckon a variety of birds, including Blue Jays, to come drink and preen their feathers.

Inviting Blue Jays to your feeders requires more than just putting out a bird bath.

Once Blue Jays are attracted to a bird bath by the sound of running water, they will likely continue to visit your bird feeders.

Birds like Blue Jays will take advantage of any food sources in your yard if they are attracted to the sound of running water or can see the shimmer of water in the air.

To get things started on a good note, scatter some seeds, peanuts, or dried mealworms around the rim of the bird bath.

Assure Blue Jays come back

The Blue Jay is trying to use a seed feeder that is too tiny for it, therefore if you want to attract Blue Jays to your yard, you should use feeders that are suitable for them.

Since you’ve gone to such great lengths to entice avian visitors to your yard, it’s only fitting that they take advantage of your bird feeders.

In order to keep the Blue Jays you have been attracting over the past few weeks or months coming back, you should never cease feeding them in the same way you have been.

If the blue jays’ preferred bird food dries up in the bird feeders, they will go and look for other feeding grounds elsewhere, such as with your neighbors or in the wild.

Maintaining a consistent routine of feeding birds once or twice weekly is the best way to encourage Blue Jays to return. Provide their preferred seeds, peanuts, suet, or dried mealworms on the ground and in feeders.

If you have a problem with Blue Jays visiting your bird feeders, one solution is to provide them with their very own unobstructed feeder. This will encourage them to stick to their own feeder rather than bothering the smaller, less aggressive backyard birds.

In addition to a platform bird feeder on a pole, a hanging bird feeder, or a ground bird feeder, a bird bath can be utilized year-round to provide thirty Blue Jays with a place to drink and preen their feathers, even during a drought or heat wave.

A steady supply of peanuts, sunflower seeds, and live or dried mealworms is the single most critical thing you can do to attract Blue Jays and keep them coming back day after day.


To get Blue Jays to frequent your bird feeder, you must first make the feeder accessible to them, as smaller feeders are not suitable for larger birds.

Since Blue Jays are classified as strictly ground-feeding birds, I will instead use an open-topped platform bird feeder on a pole or a ground-based platform feeder.

Using a tube seed feeder that does not provide a lengthy perch or a seed tray surround will make feeding Blue Jays difficult.

Finally, there’s the question of what to provide the Blue Jays in your yard. It’s best to mimic their natural diet as closely as possible

For the most part, Blue Jays subsist on a diet of various nuts, seed mixes, insects, berries, and fruits. In the wild, Jays eat a wide variety of foods, including various species. However, for the time being, let’s focus on what to give Blue Jays at a bird feeder.

It is possible to feed blue jays peanuts, either in or out of the shell, because they eat nuts in the wild.

Seed mixes, with a focus on sunflower seeds, can be placed above the platform bird feeder, but in the wild they will consume a wide variety of seeds.

Since Blue Jays obtain a lot of their protein from the insects they find while foraging on the ground, you can lure them in with a handful of live mealworms or lure them away with a handful of dried ones.

Due to their preference for eating on the ground in the wild, Blue Jays may need to be fed on the ground before they will use bird feeders.

Blue Jays still require a water source and a place to preen their feathers after all this time, so providing a bird bath in the area can only help reinforce your hard work. If you really want to grab Jay’s attention, why not install a solar-powered fountain feature?

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