For our top pick we have selected the The Hutch Company XL Ballycastle bird table. Hand made in the UK it projects a simple yet sturdy design that will be a great addition to any garden.
With several birds visiting the table at once of course disease can be a slight issue, purchasing this bird table eliminates that worry as it is constructed with twin treated Anti-Bacterial Marcide Coated wood.
Therefore disease would not spread via this bird table.
It has a decent-sized feeding table suitable for several birds. This way you won’t find yourself witnessing any bird fights when a couple pay a visit at once.
A great thing about this bird table is that it has been constructed with wood from sustainable forests and two new trees are planted every time one is chopped down.
By purchasing this bird table you know that you’re not only helping to introduce nature to your garden, but you’re helping the environment too.
It has a twist feet design for more stability.
With antibacterial coated wood there isn’t a risk of diseases spreading.
It comes equipped with clear and easy to understand instructions and the bird table itself is nice and easy to assemble.
It is hand made and sturdily designed so it is more than likely to last for a long time.
It is suitable for large and small birds thanks to the spacious feeding space.
It’s not the tallest so this may be an issue if you have cats coming into your garden regularly.
Next up we have chosen this triple platform bird table from the brand Riverside Woodcraft which has been made here in the UK itself.
The antifungal and antibacterial color-rich coating helps to stop diseases from spreading and helps to prevent any unwanted fungal growth developing on your bird table.
Designed with an improved base it is going to be strong enough to withstand the harsh wind and its durable design ensures that it is going to last a while before deteriorating in quality.
A nice design feature of this bird table is that it has the main feeding table at the top and then two additional side tables which are great for catering to large and small birds at once without them all trying to fit into one small space.
At just under 6 feet tall it is an ideal height for a bird table.
The main feeding table and two additional side tables are great for several birds at once.
The heavy-duty post ensures that it is going to be able to withstand strong winds without breaking.
It is constructed with very good quality wood.
It is pricier than some other bird tables that are available on the market.
It is a little difficult to put together which some people may find inconvenient.
Next up we have this unique designed Urban Bird Table. Made with highly durable synthetic resin it is going to last for a long time without discoloring, rusting, or deteriorating in quality.
The simple and smooth structure not only makes it very easy to clean but it’s hygienic too as dirt is less likely to stick and diseases are less likely to remain on the surface. It can easily be cleaned regularly simply using a wipe.
Unlike traditional bird tables, this product comes with a mounting bracket so it can be secured onto fences, etc.
This ensures that it isn’t going to get damaged in bad weather as long as it is attached to a strong base or fence post.
The drainage holes are great because they prevent the feeding surface from holding water. As an open-topped feeding table this is most likely to occur following bad weather but these holes ensure that the bird table is never waterlogged.
It is very easy to mount the bracket to the tray so assembling this product is simple.
This is a decent size and can hold many birds at one time.
The design makes it hygienic and very easy to clean.
This bird table is very affordable.
As well as a decent-sized feeding table there are additional hooks to hang feeders and treats onto.
It isn’t as substantially constructed as some other bird tables available and may be more likely to bend in strong weather, or if too many feeders are attached at once.
A good bird table will need to conform to several specifications to ensure that it is suitable for the birds that may visit your garden. We have listed each of these below so you are fully equipped with all of the knowledge that you need to find the best bird table for your garden.
When it comes to the size of the bird table you will want one that is going to be suitable for more than one bird at a time. Purchasing a bird table that is too small is going to increase the likeliness of fighting so preferably the bigger the better.
The feeding area should be around 3-4 square feet.
Almost all bird tables tend to be designed using wood although some may incorporate plastic elements too. Metal bird tables are also beginning to increase in popularity. Despite wood being the more traditional and common bird tables available, you may find a plastic or metal one a worthy investment as it is going to be considerably easier to clean.
Whatever material you choose, ensure that it is durably constructed so it isn’t going to deteriorate after exposure to bad weather. It’s also important to ensure that all of the edges and surfaces are smooth so that the bird’s feet don’t get caught.
When you introduce a bird table to your garden you can expect to see many different species of birds visiting regularly. If you don’t want larger birds visiting then a look in feature is ideal as it makes it difficult for large birds to access.
Enclosed bird tables in particular are going to be ideal for attracting smaller species and reducing the number of large birds that you see on the table. This is because it is much more difficult for large birds like pigeons to access a bird table if it is more enclosed.
On the other hand if you would like your bird table to appeal to large birds then an open-topped table is the best option.
Most bird tables follow a similar traditional design which tends to be a basic platform that also acts as the feeding table in most cases, with edges and sometimes a roof.
The majority tend to come on a raised post that needs to be inserted or placed onto the ground in your garden, you may find some that can be hung from trees or posts, etc.
Safety from other animals
Likely, many people often have cats and squirrels visiting their gardens. If this is the case then you will want a bird table with a pretty long post that is also straight and smooth as this makes it a lot more difficult for cats and squirrels to grip and climb up.
As mentioned above your bird table is more than likely to come into a lot of contact with harsh weather such as wind and rain. It is important to ensure that you purchase a bird table that is strong enough to endure these weather conditions without impacting its quality and function. A poorly designed bird table may deteriorate after frequent exposure to adverse weather.
Easy to Assemble
When it comes to putting your bird table together you preferably want one that isn’t going to take you hours to assemble. Some that we have mentioned above come pre-assembled in two parts so they simply need to be attached.
Others may come fully assembled and just need to be attached to a stable base. This factor is worth paying attention to because if you are someone who doesn’t enjoy assembling items then this may influence which bird table you purchase.
Hygiene and Cleaning
With many birds visiting the same surface at one time the bird table is likely to become dirty quickly but they may also bring disease with them. A bird table that is easy to clean is going to make it a lot more hygienic and easier to maintain.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what height should I put my bird table?
Ideally you want your bird table to be around 4-6 feet off the ground. Whilst standing out to the birds above it makes it harder for any potential dangers from the ground below to access the bird table. At this height, likely, you will still be able to view the birds as they visit too.
Of course, it is important to bear in mind that the height in which you position your bird table needs to be suitable for the person who is responsible for cleaning it and replenishing the food supplies.
What can I put on a bird table?
You can put many different things on your bird table as long as they are safe for the birds to consume.
Many people often put leftover household scraps such as breadcrumbs and pastry, fruit is also suitable and of course bird food too. This may include seeds or live food such as worms.
Where should I put my bird table in my garden?
Your bird table should be positioned in a sheltered area of your garden so that it isn’t exposed to too much sun or wind. If you have any bushes in your garden then placing the bird table near this allows the birds to check if it is safe to visit the table before doing so.
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