Updated at: 16-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

A smaller bird feeder shouldn’t be so compact that free-flying birds can’t perch or cling to it; this is because smaller feeders have finer wire gaps or fewer individual pieces.

It’s fine to use a little bird feeder, but if it’s too lightweight and compact and just drives away the birds whenever they try to eat, you might want to reconsider. Unlike a little seed bird feeder, which would just tilt and swing in the wind, a large feeder can be steadied, which is better for the birds.

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You end up with a too-light-to-use seed feeder, which is ironic given that no other common bird feeder is likely to be constructed to small.

What makes a good bird feeder is a size up that allows even less competent birds at feeders to safely but readily grasp on wire or settle on an accessible perch.

Smaller bird feeders necessarily have narrower wire spacing and shorter perches because of their scaled-down design.

If you want to put up a bird feeder outside your apartment window or balcony, you may need to compromise and get a small feeder, which has the benefit of scaring away larger birds, but may not be acceptable to your landlord.

Your bird feeder will likely wind up either dangling from a nearby tree or mounted on a pole in the middle of your lawn.

A small and light bird feeder would not fare well in either location should the wind pick up.

Bird feed waste is not reduced by using a smaller feeder, and smaller feeders are not easier to clean and maintain.

If you want to use less or more bird food depending on its popularity, a medium-sized bird feeder is the way to go.

Bird feeder can be too compact

When trying to attract tiny to medium-sized birds to your yard, a feeder that is too small may be counterproductive.

Small, compact bird feeders are hard to come by in stores, and even if you do find one, it may be too small to attract birds that may otherwise visit your yard in search of food.

Seed-dispensing bird feeders are the most common perpetrator of an inadequate feeder size; therefore, you should always upgrade if you’re concerned about the size of your feeder.

There’s no harm in upgrading, and you can fill the feeder only halfway if you’d like to save money on bird food.

It’s not necessary to use more bird food when using a large bird feeder, and you don’t need to use as much when using a small feeder.

The capacity of the bird seed feeder is inadequate, and birds may also have difficulty perching on the too-small surround or wire mesh, or on the too-short perches located near the port wells.

A little bird feeder can be used to prevent huge birds from swooping in and stealing the food, but it may be too small for medium-sized birds.

Bigger feeder can be stabilized

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There are some bird feeders that are too small, but if you discover one, it’s probably designed for wild bird seeds and not domesticated birds.

A bird feeder’s ability to remain stable when suspended in the air is the primary distinction between feeders of different sizes (small, medium, and large).

Even if you load a small bird feeder to capacity, it won’t be heavy enough to prevent the feeder from falling from the ceiling.

A heavy, full-to-the-brim seed feeder would hang more steadily if the wire or chain supporting it remained taut.

It’s reasonable to assume that a little bird feeder can be too small if it begins to swirl or swing as it hangs, either when it’s completely filled or when it begins to get a bit on the empty side.

If a bird feeder is too small, the birds will try to grip or perch on the moving part of the feeder, which can be dangerous even if the feeder is stabilized.

Although suet cake feeders are a common sight atop many bird watchers’ feeder poles, their diminutive stature makes them inaccessible to many species of avian visitors.

The suet feeder may be leant against a tree or wedged between two branches, or it could be laid flat on a platform feeder.

Less bird food waste

People often worry that a large bird feeder won’t be used because it will require too much bird food, however this is not the case.

Filling a seed, peanut, or suet cake feeder to the brim isn’t necessary, and nor is filling it merely halfway or a third of the way.

Using the right amount of bird food at once is the best approach to prevent wasted bird food, not using smaller bird feeders.

A little bird feeder can provide food for a few birds every day, and it can be hung from a branch or pole out of reach of squirrels if it is enclosed in a cage.

It’s much easier to prevent the waste of bird food due to unwanted bugs if the feeder is on the ground and huge birds have a hard time reaching it.

With exception of Hummingbird feeder

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Hummingbird feeders, which hold nectar and are designed specifically for these little birds, can be much more compact than you might think.

Smaller hummingbird feeders, those with two to four feeding ports, are preferable, as their nectar will be used more quickly; larger feeders, with sixteen to thirty feeding ports, are less likely to be emptied before they go bad.

Hummingbirds are a widespread sort of backyard bird, despite their diminutive stature; yet, they can only be fed by a special kind of feeder.

A hummingbird feeder can’t be too big for hummingbirds, but if you consistently get a lot of hummers at a tiny feeder, it’s time to update.

When an oriole perches on a hummingbird feeder, the size difference between the two birds is immediately apparent.

Whenever a hummingbird sits on an oriole feeder that is nearly identical to its own, the hummingbird always ends up looking ridiculously small.

Typical bird food, such as seeds or nuts, might be unbalanced in a feeder of inadequate size, making it unsafe for all but the tiniest of birds to perch on the feeder’s perch while they eat.

While other birds may visit a hummingbird feeder, it is only going to be used by hummers.


A compact bird feeder can be difficult to balance, therefore it’s possible that we’re talking about seed or peanut feeders that are too small.

Having a small feeder means it will be lightweight, and as you may be aware, even a huge, heavy feeder may move significantly in the wind.

The odds aren’t good if you’re relying on a flimsy bird feeder that blows around every time the wind gets up. If you think your feeder might be too tiny for the outdoors, consider upgrading to a larger one.

What is likely a seed bird feeder would look like a child’s toy in the great outdoors; the birds wouldn’t be able to clutch or perch on it due of its small size, and it would be difficult to maneuver.

A suet cake feeder is one example of a little bird feeder, however a cage feeder is more practical when propped up against a branch.

Even though birds can utilize a tiny bird feeder, keep in mind that it may drive away the rest of the flock if it goes unused for too long.

Even a very large feeder might lose a lot of food since birds will eat less of the seed they are given.

Feeders for hummingbirds are an example of small bird feeders because they are designed to accommodate a very little bird.

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