Seed_eating birds that can be attracted to feeders include pine siskins, sparrows, grosbeaks, redpolls, and crossbills. These species also eat suet, but seeds will attract them to your feeder. Unsalted sunflower seeds, thistle seeds, raw crushed peanuts, millet, scratch feed, various wild grains, and canary seeds are welcomed. Commercial wild bird seed mixes can be used, but they often contain filler seeds that are not eaten by many species. Often, you can mix your own "wild bird food" more economically. Seeds can be purchased from local feed, variety, and pet stores, or ordered from catalogs. When you first start your feeder, experiment with various seeds and find out which are preferred by the birds in your area.
Chickadee nest boxes should be placed on trees in wooded areas. Boreal and Chestnut_backed Chickadees prefer coniferous forests, while Black_capped Chickadees prefer deciduous woods. Chickadees nest 6┫ feet above the ground. Sawdust or woodchips may be placed in the bottom of chickadee nest boxes. Chickadees prefer split_log nest boxes. Nuthatch nest boxes should be placed 6┰ feet above the ground on a tree in mixed coniferous_hardwood forest. Nuthatches perfer split_log nest boxes.