EDITOR’S NOTE: Read our post about some of the bird seed and suet options Aldi has sold over the years here.
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When it comes to outdoor hobbies, Aldi has a little something for everyone at different times of the year, whether you like camping, gardening, hiking, grilling, just chilling on the patio, or even bird watching.
I have several types of bird feeders in my backyard where they can be viewed from our sun room, and my family enjoys watching the antics of our feathered friends and identifying different birds. To stock my feeders, I often buy suet cakes from Aldi, and the discount grocer also sometimes sells bird seed (both black oil sunflower seeds and seed mixes) and bird feeders. One bird-related item that seems to show up every spring at Aldi is a bird feeding station.
The Gardenline Bird Feeding Station (product code 52546) cost $9.99 at the time of publication. This is a shepherd’s hook that goes into the ground with a stake, and it has multiple hooks for hanging several feeders. Feeders aren’t included, but it does come with a suet cage and a small bird bath.
The price is cheaper than similar bird feeding stations on Amazon. The Aldi bird feeding station looks very similar to this Yosager feeding station that ran about $30 at the time of publication; the hooks attach the same way, and both poles have the same decorative piece on top.
The Aldi bird feeding station is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only stores for a short time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials, so once this sells out at your local store, it’s gone. As mentioned earlier, though, I see this every spring at Aldi, so if you miss it, just wait until next year.
Here are a few details about the bird feeding station:
- Comes with four hooks for feeders (feeders not included)
- Includes a bird bath and suet cage (suet cake not included)
- Measures 19.69″ W x 75″ H (measures 5 feet tall when staked in the ground)
- Features a powder-coated steel finish
- Rust resistant
- Made in China
The feeding station comes with the components for the station, plus a user manual. It doesn’t come with a warranty, but the manual has contact info for after-sales support. You can call 1-800-599-8898 or email [email protected].
The manual doesn’t directly say it, but that’s the contact information for TDC USA, Inc., which is based in Hong Kong and has a U.S. office in New Jersey. They provide warranty service for several other products from Aldi, including an offset outdoor umbrella, gazebo, double glider, grill gazebo, popup gazebo, and umbrella side table.
The main pole for this feeding station comes in three parts, which you insert into each other and then tighten with wingnuts. The wingnuts don’t actually go through all of the pole pieces; instead, the pieces stay together based on the pressure the wingnut puts on the interior pole piece. That means you’ll want to tighten the wingnuts as much as you can to prevent pole sections from rotating. (I also discovered that if I decide to move the station after staking it in the ground, the pole sections may come apart when I pull the station out of the ground. It was a simple job to reattach the sections, though.)
After you have the three main pole sections together, you attach the top double hook bracket using another wingnut. Then, insert your pole into the ground.
Next, you’ll attach the two single hooks to the main pole. They go on by twisting them a certain way, and this requires looking at the illustrations in the manual and experimenting a bit to get them on. Once they’re on, they don’t move up and down much, and if you do try to move or slide them, they may scrape some of the pole’s finish. The single hooks can be turned from side to side on the pole if you need to adjust your hook directions, though.
Then, connect the water bowl bracket to the main pole using the same technique to attach the single hooks. I temporarily removed the plastic water bowl to prevent accidental breakage while attaching the bowl bracket.
After that, replace the water bowl and hang your suet cage, and you’re ready to add your own additional feeders and start watching birds.
The Finished Product
I placed one of my hummingbird feeders on here along with a small tube thistle seed feeder and a small hanging bowl feeder.
There is a lot going on with this bird feeding station, and you may want to spend a few minutes arranging or rearranging your bird feeders to get them positioned ideally. The station seems to be ideal for small-to-medium feeders, as larger feeders might get in each other’s way.
Your feeders will have more space if you position some of the single hooks or the bird bath bracket lower on the pole, but some of your feeders may end up pretty close to the ground as a result, since this is only about five feet tall once it’s staked into the ground.
The station seems sturdy enough, but I’m not yet sure how well very heavy feeders would do on it. Aldi is selling some bird feeders in the coming weeks that I may try to add to this station, so I’ll update this post with any new insights. You can also follow this Reddit thread for other users’ experiences with the feeding station.
The suet cage is made of thinner wire material than other suet cages I’ve used, but it’s adequate especially considering the low price of this entire unit.
I’m not sure how long the bird bath will last because it’s just plain, thin plastic, but most similar bird feeding stations on the market come with similar bird baths. I also couldn’t get the bird bath bracket completely level during assembly, but I doubt the birds will mind.
Overall, for $10 this is a decent setup and the quality is about what I would expect for the price. If you enjoy feeding birds, it’s worth a look.
The Gardenline Bird Feeding Station is inexpensive for what you get. It includes a pole that stakes into the ground and has multiple hooks for bird feeders (not included), plus a suet cage and a very simple bird bath. We think most bird enthusiasts would approve.