Best Large Capacity Bird Feeders (8 Options)

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Once the word is out that your yard has free food, the birds will start showing up in higher numbers. If you have small feeders that can’t hold much seed it can get to where you have to refill the feeders quite often. So for this article I rounded up some of the best large capacity bird feeders I could find and put them in the following list. 

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We’ve used some of these feeders personally like the North States Superfeeder, the Squirrel Buster Plus, and the Droll Yankees Flipper. Others we have not used, but they check all the boxes and look like solid feeders so I added them to this list. 

I ended up with a list of 8 different large capacity bird feeders. They all hold lots of bird seed and are accompanied by plenty of good reviews.

Let’s take a look. 

8 of the best large capacity bird feeders

Best hopperWoodlink Absolute II – Holds 12 lbs seed
Best tubeSquirrel Buster Plus – Holds 5.1 lbs seed
Best valueStokes Select Giant Feeder – Holds 8 lbs seed

I tried to keep the minimum capacity at about 5 lbs of seed for the following list bird feeders.

1. Woodlink Absolute II Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder

Best large capacity hopper feeder

Woodlink Absolute II Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7536

Capacity: 12 lbs seed
Squirrel proof: Yes
Feeder type: Metal hopper

The Woodlink Absolute II has been a popular large capacity squirrel-proof feeder for years. It is all metal, holds 12 lbs of seed, is squirrel proof, and can be hung or pole mounted. It does include a pole and mounting hardware. Birds are able to feed from both the front and back of this hopper feeder. It has adjustable weight settings for the squirrel-proof mechanism.

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2. Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder

Best large capacity tube feeder

Brome,Squirrel Buster Plus 6"x6"x28" (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Ring and 6 Feeding Ports, 5.1lb Seed Capacity, 2 Pack

Capacity: 5.1 lbs seed ea.
Squirrel proof: Yes
Feeder type: Tube

The Squirrel Buster Plus is part of the Squirrel Buster Lineup. This bird feeder is one of the most well known and popular squirrel-proof bird feeders. They are made really well and when it comes to keeping squirrels out of your seed, they really work. They hold about 5 lbs of seed each, but they do have them in a 2 pack for those of us who feed more birds than usual. Overall a great feeder.

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3. North States Superfeeder

North States Bird 9033 Superfeeder Birdfeeder, Green

 

Capacity: 10-12 lbs seed
Squirrel proof: No
Feeder type: Triple-tube

We just recently got this feeder, it was a Christmas gift actually. It’s not as nice as the first two on this list, but it is a nice feeder. Unfortunately it isn’t squirrel-proof, but I’m looking into getting a squirrel baffle for it. I think a baffle like this one could work. My mom has this same feeder and likes it, we’ll see how mine holds up. So far so good!

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4. Droll Yankees Flipper

Droll Yankees YF-M Yankee Flipper Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder, 21 Inch, Green

Capacity: 5 lbs seed
Squirrel proof: Yes
Feeder type: Tube

Coming in at a 5 lbs capacity is the Droll Yankees Flipper, which repel squirrels in a different manner than any other on this list. When it detects a squirrel on the perch it starts spinning and the squirrel goes flying. Aside from that it’s a quality bird feeder from a well-known company, and it holds a fair amount of seed. Solid bird feeder. 

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5. Woodlink PRO4 Premier Cedar Bird Feeder

Best large capacity wood feeder

Woodlink PRO4 Premier Cedar Bird Feeder

Capacity: 11 lbs seed
Squirrel proof: No
Feeder type: Cedar hopper

I love cedar bird feeders, I have one in my yard that’s the centerpiece of our main bird feeder station. This is just a basic, handmade cedar bird feeder with a large hopper that holds 11 bls of seed. Woodlink is a well-known brand in the birding so it’s a quality product. The roof is hinged for easy refill. It’s made to be pole mounted.

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6. Stokes Select Giant Combo Feeder

Best value large capacity feeder

Stokes Select 38113 Giant Combo Feeder

Capacity: 8 lbs seed
Squirrel proof: No
Feeder type: Double-tube

I have this option from Stokes as the best large capacity bird feeder, if you’re on a budget. It’s made of powder-coated copper, so while it’s not technically squirrel-proof, it is at least chew-proof. It hold up to 8 lbs of bird seed in 2 different seed compartments. In addition Stokes says they donate a small portion of their profits to bird habitat conservation. 

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7. Nature’s Rhythm Two Compartment Bird Feeder

Nature's Rhythm Metal Hopper Bird Feeder Two Chambers,Heavy Duty Mesh Metal Dual Seed Compartments Outdoor Hanging Metal Wild Bird Feeder with 6 Feeding Ports,10lbs Seed Capacity

Capacity: 10 lbs seed
Squirrel proof: No
Feeder type: Hopper

This double-tube feeder looks almost the same as the Stokes Select above, only it says it holds a bit more seed. Neither are squirrel-proof, but both look like well made feeders if you don’t care about that. With the all-metal design though, you don’t have to worry about squirrels or other critters chewing up your feeder. The double chambers is a nice feature, and I like the overall design of this feeder at this price. 

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8. Copper Spade Cedar and Mesh Hanging Bird Feeder

Copper Spade Cedar and Mesh Hanging Bird Feeder | 2 Gallons/16 Pound Capacity | 8 Perch Stands

Capacity: 16 lbs
Squirrel proof: No
Feeder type: Hopper

It’s not really a hopper feeder, and it’s certainly not a tube feeder. This extra-large cedar and metal bird feeder is quite unique looking and can feed a lot of birds at once. In addition to the 16 lbs of seed it claims to hold, it has 8 perches on the sides plus the wrap-around perch on the bottom made of cedar. Again, not squirrel-proof, but it is aesthetically pleasing with it’s almost Japanese-style roof and feel. 

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A few things to consider 

Overall goal

Why are you looking for a large-capacity bird feeder? If you just want a larger feeder so you don’t have to fill it up with seed as often, then any of the feeders on this list could work for you.

However, if you need some other features or have some requirements then consider the following items as well. 

Squirrel-proof

People that are outside of the bird feeding world probably don’t understand what the big deal is about squirrel-proof bird feeders. Squirrels will easily overtake a bird feeder, so much so that birds won’t even be able to eat from it. 

That means you’ve essentially just purchased a squirrel feeder. If you’re ok with that or don’t have many squirrels in your yard, then don’t worry about a squirrel-proof feature. IF you have a bunch of trees and squirrels in your yard, you may want a large capacity squirrel proof bird feeder. 

Budget

You can get some halfway-decent feeders for under $25, some are going to be over $100. As with most things, you get what you pay for. I strongly suggest that if you can afford it, get a nicer high-end feeder that will last you for years and is backed by a respected company in the industry. I can personally vouch for the durability and customer service of Brome (Squirrel Buster Plus), Droll Yankees (Yankee Flipper), as well as Stokes.

I tried to have some options on this list that work for everyone’s budget. If you aren’t worried about saving a few bucks, then you can see our top recommendations above. 

Look and style

Are you concerned about the look of the feeder, or do you want a certain style? You can check out this article that shows 11 different styles of bird feeders to get some ideas. However most large capacity bird feeders are going to be similar styles. 

If you’re open to whatever then this aspect shouldn’t be an issue. Afterall, the birds don’t care what color the feeder is…. or do they?


Wrap up

This hopefully gave you an idea of what’s available in terms of large capacity bird feeders. Sometimes it’s easier to just buy multiple smaller bird feeders in order to feed more birds. 

Other times though you’d just like to have one feeder that is big enough for everyone. Either way, I hope you found some value in this article and maybe even found an extra large capacity bird feeder that works for you.

Happy birding!

About Jesse

Jesse enjoys bird watching and feeding birds in his backyard, learning about the different species, and sharing his knowledge and experiences.