Updated at: 17-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

For both practical and ethical reasons, adding more feeders is unnecessary; birds already have plenty to eat.

Most commercially available poles for feeding birds can only accommodate five feeding stations at once. Invest in a minimum of two seed feeders, two suet cages, and a nut feeder. An essential but unimportant feature of any bird feeder is the pole-mounted tray, which prevents excess bird food from being wasted due to overfeeding.

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Personally, I have never used more than five feeders, but I know I could do better if I would just fill the mesh tray that is attached to my bird feeder pole but is always devoid of food.

Thus, I have never felt the need to increase the height of my bird feeder, nor have I ever seen so many wild birds visit that I felt the need to hang other feeders.

For birds that have trouble clinging to and feeding from hanging feeders, you need only place a suet cage to your pole and they will be well fed.

If you want to attract birds to a specific area, you’ll need to hang a variety of different types of feeders together. However, if you don’t keep the area around your feeders clean, you’ll attract not only unwanted birds but also rodents, insects, and other pests.

Always keep in mind that birds are easily distracted when feeding, and your bird feeders may end up killing them if the wind picks up.

During the colder months, suet and peanuts are more popular so it’s crucial to have those available, but the seed and mealworm feeder should take precedence.

It’s not a bad idea to discover or create more room to hang more feeders if your bird feeder pole is already at capacity.

A Hummingbird feeder should be kept at least ten feet away from other feeders, and trees should be used as a preferred foraging location if you want to attract birds.

Above five is too many

Any more than five of the most common types of bird feeders in use today would be excessive for most of us.

Based on the popularity of seed mix, wild bird peanuts, and suet as bird feeder foods, I predict that these three will constitute the vast majority of the feeders in use today.

Two seed bird feeders, plus an additional suet cage to a total of two, and a peanut feeder hung from a bird feeder pole or, if available, a tree branch, are all that is required to attract a variety of birds to your yard.

Finally, a bird feeder tray, which is typically attached to the bird feeder pole, is the fifth and most frequently used feeder.

You’ll have one peanut feeder, two suet feeders, and two seed feeders in total.

Now, larger birds like cardinals and blue jays have a safe place to eat at your feeder thanks to the addition of a tray. If you put out too many feeders, though, it will be simpler for huge, pest birds to steal from them.

If you already have five bird feeders up and running, plus your feeder tray, you’ve got way too many birds eating at your feeders. This does not include any platforms or mesh dishes.

Only busy yards would need more

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Only the lucky few of us who regularly attract hundreds or thousands of common songbirds to our feeders need apply.

Let me tell you that if you hang the bird feeders from a popular bird feeder pole usually offered in stores, you can only hang five feeders total (including the feeder tray).

If you’re going to go to the trouble of feeding birds in your yard, don’t go overboard by hanging or mounting an extra feeder on the pole where it doesn’t belong.

For this reason, it’s crucial to remember that some bird species are unable to utilize feeders, so providing them with an alternative food source, such as a ground feeder or just scattering seeds on the grass, is a great way to ensure that your feathered friends don’t go hungry.

Replace it with a new feeding station and install it nearby, but not just next to the old one. Spreading yourself too thin in terms of feeding birds might make it hard to ensure the safety of birds, what with all the unwanted bird food going to waste.

For active yards full of songbirds like chickadees, finches, robins, and warblers, a fully stocked bird feeder pole, plus an additional bird feeding platform on the pole, or if you like, even a dish on the ground, or balanced on the deck railing, is highly recommended.

You should set up your bird feeders so that birds may access them without fear, but not so many that food is wasted.

Most of us see bird food waste

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Most of us will experience waste no matter how carefully we fill our bird feeders.

In the beginning, people will put too much food in their bird feeders, but as time goes on, they will learn how much is enough and the food will be removed from the feeder before it goes bad.

If you find yourself unable or unable to keep all of your bird feeders stocked, then you have too many.

If you have a bird feeder, you should fill it with as much food as you can afford rather than how quickly the birds eat it. Lessening the number of feeders you have will drastically reduce the amount of wasted bird food.

If there is a danger that too much bird food will spoil, remember that you can always drop any seed or mealworms onto the ground to feed Blackbirds to American Robins, as well as huge birds that miss out with feeders.

To prevent wasting bird food, fill feeders no more than a third of the way. At times of the year when you anticipate less waste, you can fill feeders to capacity.


Because there can only be so many feeders on your pole, if you have more than five, you’re probably using up too much room.

Birds that are reluctant to approach feeders, such as bluebirds and robins, can be attracted to your yard by providing them with a safe, natural food source, such as a tray-style feeder placed on the ground or atop a high surface.

Wild birds need protection, so placing feeders in a corner of the yard where you can keep an eye on them is a good idea.

For active yards with lots of typical backyard birds and the occasional squirrel visitor, a collection of six feeders should suffice.

Even if you don’t need to keep squirrels away from your feeders, you should nevertheless arrange them in a way that prevents birds from being injured by a collision with a swinging feeder.

Many of us will likely observe wasted bird food, and we can do little to prevent it. To reduce the time spent cleaning infrequently used bird feeders and their surrounding areas, we can instead feed birds using as few feeders as possible.

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