See my top recommendations with gold star ratings further down.
Platform feeders are often referred to as tray feeders, table feeders or fly thru feeders.
Many birds love this type of feeder because they are easy to land on and fly away from. If there is mixed seed on the feeder then it is easy for the birds to pick what they want to eat.
Watch how these Common Redpolls are enjoying their meal on a platform feeder.
They can be made to hang, sit on a post or another stationary object such as a deck rail or stand on the ground.
They come in many different sizes and are usually made from wood (cedar or pine) or recycled plastic.
They are appropriately named "fly thru" because they are open allowing the birds to fly in, grab what they like and go.
Fast food bird feeding, a "grab & go" diner!
Fly Thru feeders can be purchased or made in many styles:
2. Mounted on a pole or deck rail.
3. Table Feeders with legs for standing on the ground, which will be a favourite for Thrushes who normally are very shy and will not venture out to a regular feeder mounted higher up.
4. Open tray feeders with no top.
5. Clear plastic roof which provides protection from weather and allows for unobstructed viewing for you.
6. A solid top for protection from weather and for providing a hiding spot from over head predators like Hawks.
A good quality mixed seed with peanuts'n the shell or shelled and lots of black oil sunflower seed. Kitchen scraps such as breads, donuts, crackers or dried fruit work well with platform feeders too.
I would avoid using fresh fruit or any food that might spoil with any type of feeder used for seed. The seed may become contaminated. Spoiled food, such as fruit, may also leach into feeders made of porous materials like wood. This could create a health hazard for the birds.
Our customers loved table feeders too! We couldn’t keep them in stock. We had a very talented man in our community who made them by hand. (See our section on Bird Feeder Plans)
You might think it was just because of my enthusiasm that people would buy our platform feeders. That may have been partially true for the initial purchase. But they would come back after using it for more.
After trying one of the many styles of open feeders many people would come back to our store to purchase other styles.
We had lots of customers buy them for gifts to give to relatives and friends.
We had so much positive feedback with platform feeders. Everyone liked them for all the positive reasons listed above.
Most seed eating birds will come to table feeders. (See the section titled Seed’n Suet for lists of seed and the birds attracted to them.)
Finches – House, Purple, Goldfinch (If there isn’t a nyjer seed feeder near by!)
Ground bird feeder if it is not more than five feet off the ground. All types of Sparrows, Junco, Mourning Dove.
Most seed eating birds