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Birds Are Not Eating From My Feeder

By Darcy Logan
Getting birds to come to your feeder can take time.
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Having no birds at a bird feeder is a common problem faced by bird lovers. First, check your feeder in the early morning and dusk, when birds are more likely to visit. If you only view your feeder in the afternoon, you may be missing them. If you still don't see any birds, a bigger problem may be scaring away the birds.

Feeder Promotion

It can take several days for birds to notice the feeder. Keep the feeders clean and dry. Replace the seed if it becomes wet since birds won’t be attracted to moldy seed. A yard filled with bird-friendly native plants will also help attract birds.

Poor Location

A poorly placed feeder is unlikely to attract birds. Move the feeder if it is in the open. A sheltered location within 10 to 15 feet of trees and shrubs is better than in the center of a lawn. Don't place the feeder any closer to trees or any items that cats and other predators can use to launch themselves into the feeder. Feeders should be placed in a sheltered location out of the wind.

Abundant Natural Foods

The birds may be ignoring the feeder because they are getting their fill of natural food. Numbers at feeders tend to be lower in the summer, fall, and early winter. Mild winters with little snow cover can also reduce visits to a bird feeder.

Poor Choice of Seed

The birds may be rejecting your choice of birdseed. Choose single seeds or make your own mixtures based on what birds you want to attract. Black-oil sunflower is always a good choice that attracts a wide variety of wild birds, especially chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. White prove millet will attract doves, juncos, towhee, and sparrows. Avoid seed mixes that contain milo and red proso millet, which few birds favor.


About the Author


Darcy Logan has been a full-time writer since 2004. Before writing, she worked for several years as an English and special education teacher. Logan published her first book, "The Secret of Success is Not a Secret," and several education workbooks under the name Darcy Andries. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in special education from Middle Tennessee State University.