When looking for the best mealworm feeders, basically, all you want to know is will birds eat from it, is it easy to fill, clean and can it prevent larger birds from stealing the food?
Mealworm feeders are ideal for feeding smaller birds and you’re not limited to just mealworms. You can experiment with different bird foods and discover what foods garden birds love!
Filling up mealworm feeders with a range of mealworms, dried grubs, crustacean mixes, and bird seeds is a great way of attracting colourful small birds to your garden.
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My Mealworm Feeder Reviews
Harrisons Flip-top Mealworm Feeder
I use this Harrison’s mealworm feeder in my garden and to be honest, it has definitely been one of my best buys when it comes to bird feeders, let alone mealworm feeders.
When unboxing it I noticed how light it was (weighs 100g), and straight away I was questioning the quality and strength. How wrong I was on both counts as you’ll discover below…
Very easy to fill with mealworms or other dried grubs. The lid clicks shut to prevent contents from getting wet and it's simple to clean after use.
This feeder will stop pigeons from stealing the food unless you place it near something they can perch on and reach over to steal the contents. The pigeons in my garden had no chance!
Alternatively, if you have issues with squirrels then hanging this mealworm feeder on a bird station is easy pickings for squirrels. Try hanging it with a long thin cord from a branch.
Effective Feeding Tray
The feeding tray acts as a perch for the smaller and lighter birds and it’s very stable whilst they’re busy eating away. I even had 2 young starlings eating at the same time from the feeder.
You’ll notice that as the birds reach in to take the mealworms, grubs or other small foods, that the tray then captures and contains the mealworms as they agitate the feeder.
Some mealworms may go on the floor but I haven’t had any issues where there’s been more on the floor than in the feeder. It’s actually a very good feeder that does what it’s supposed to.
Flip-top Lid for Easy Access
This is an excellent feature as it makes filling the feeder really simple, neat, and tidy. Click open the lid, pour the mealworms into the feeder and click it shut.
The ‘click shut’ lid ensures the grubs won’t get wet which means you can leave them in their longer without risk of deterioration in quality or nutritional benefit.
Easy access via the top makes it very easy to clean too. You can easily get a small brush inside via the top section to clean it or you can submerge it in water for a few hours.
Ideal for small foods
Because this mealworm feeder works, you know that you can then experiment with what types of foods you use depending on the birds in your area.
You can use it as a seed feeder but I’ve also crushed a few nuts in my bullet blender and placed them inside. A few fall out but the crushed nuts are perfect for young birds to swallow.
Garden Mile Hanging Dome Bird Feeder
I bought this product to test it for this review but also because I liked the design, however, I never checked the size of it before buying. This Garden Mile feeder is much bigger than It looks.
The dome section is 30cm in diameter and the food tray underneath measures 20cm, the cover stops large birds like pigeons from using it and can be adjusted with the butterfly screw.
The decent-sized food tray can hold lots of different types of food to help you attract varying species of birds and also to help you understand what foods your backyard birds prefer.
Basically, you’re buying a hanging bowl that you can fill with a variety of bird foods including dried insects, birdseed, and bird-friendly foods that humans eat (nuts, oats, rice, etc).
Once unwrapped, it looked a little confusing to assemble, and rather than reading the included instructions, I figured it out and it was ready in around 5-6 minutes.
It’s just a case of threading the hooked rod through the middle of the 2 plastic sections (dome and food tray) and then tightening the butterfly screws to the plastic to secure them.
The plastic does look like it could be easily cracked should you drop it on a hard surface, so caution is advised when handling it during assembly and whilst hanging it in the garden.
Preferably, the hanging hook ought to be a little more closed off to prevent the feeder from being blown off your hanger in times of strong winds. So far I’ve had no problems though.
Simple to Build
This feeder does need assembling but it should take no more than 10 minutes even for a novice. It’s just a matter of screwing the butterfly clips on to hold everything together.
A threaded metal bar runs through the middle of the feeder to hold everything together. By adjusting the butterfly screws you can alter the height and prevent large birds from feeding.