How to Attract Finches to Bird Feeders

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If you’re wondering How To Attract Finches To Bird Feeders read on to discover some of the best ways to get these birds to visit your feeder. You might also be wondering what to feed them and where to put them but this article will help you find the answers to these questions. You’ll also learn what kind of feeders finches prefer. Continue reading to learn some of the best ways to attract finches to your feeders.

Why Don’t I Have Any Finches At My Feeder?

If you’re wondering why you don’t see any finches at your feeder consider the following tips. Start by ensuring your seed is fresh. Finches prefer dark seeds like Nyjer. When feeding them make sure you don’t use clumps or a seed that has been sitting for a long time. Another way to ensure the freshness of your seed is to turn it upside down several times per day.

If you don’t have a feeder designed for finches you can use any kind of bird seed. Many stores sell specialty seed blends that are designed for finches. Try sunflower chips and thistle seed. Millet and flaxseed can also be used. Make sure to choose seeds with no husks. Remember that finches have very small beaks and can’t crack hard shells. If possible use seeds that have already been hulled or removed.

Where is the best place to put a finch feeder?

The first question you should ask yourself is ‘Where is the best place to put a finches’ feeder?’ A good choice is an open field near a tree or near a river. These birds like to feed in shrubs and trees so they don’t mind feeding near trees or shelters. Finches like to be within 15 feet of trees but they’ll need some space around their feeders. They also don’t like feeding under branches so you should place them far enough away from them to avoid predators. If you live in a dense forest be sure to place the finches’ feeders at least 15 feet away. If you see larger birds or aggressive finches you should move the finches’ feeder elsewhere.

Aside from attracting the birds finches like bright colors. To attract them make sure that your finch feeder is brightly colored and has lots of seed. They like bright colors and ribbons that move in the wind. If you want to make your finch feeder more attractive try placing it near a flowering plant or near a water source. The finches will appreciate the added color.

What is the best food to attract finches?

If you are trying to attract finches to your bird house you should know that they are particular eaters. They are attracted to black oily seeds such as those found in sunflowers millet or Nyjer. Avoid providing them with stale brown seeds or any seeds that are overly processed. You can buy thistle seeds in a wild bird supply store or you can grow them yourself.

Besides oats finches also like a variety of seeds. Sunflower and Nyjer seeds are both good choices but be careful not to offer finches too many black seeds. The black seeds may cause problems with blue jays which are not fond of finches. A mixture of these seeds and sunflower chips should be sufficient. House finches tend to prefer small seeds. You can also provide fresh water which will attract your birds.

What kind of feeders do finches like?

While finches are known to be picky eaters they aren’t too particular about feeder types. Finches like plastic tubes metal or sock-mesh feeding stations and general-purpose platforms. Here are three types of finch feeders to choose from:

Finch sacks are the cheapest and most popular type of feeder. The mesh allows finches to cling directly to the mesh. Many of these feeders have large perches that allow several finches to feed at the same time. Some brands pre-fill their sock feeders with thistle seeds. Finches love these feeders but they should be thrown out when the sock tears.

Finches like sunflower seeds and safflower seeds. They also eat fruit and suet. Planting flowers in your yard will attract finches. If you want to attract more finches to your yard plant rudbeckia coneflower and wild sunflowers. These plants are attractive to finches and will double your visitation rates. Finches also eat safflower seeds so you can increase their visit frequency with plants.

Marry J Correy

Marry J Correy

Living in San Francisco, we get to see (and hear) quite a few House Finches all year round.
When a couple of them made their home in my back yard, I started to feed them and even got a little wooden birdhouse.
So I thought I'd tell you what I discovered...

About Me

Living in San Francisco, we get to see (and hear) quite a few House Finches all year round.
When a couple of them made their home in my back yard, I started to feed them and even got a little wooden birdhouse.
So I thought I’d tell you what I discovered…

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