Last Updated on November 16, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: See our update toward the end of this post for information on how the birdhouse has held up after some use.
If you want to get into the hobby of bird feeding and bird watching but you’re on a budget, Aldi can be a good place to buy the supplies you need to get started. Aldi sells bird seed and suet several times a year, and once in a while (usually during the spring or summer), Aldi also sells bird feeding stations and bird feeders.
In April of 2021, Aldi sold three different kinds of bird feeders:
- a tube feeder
- a caged feeder
- a wooden bird house-style feeder
I’ve been feeding birds for years but needed some new feeders this spring, so I bought the caged feeder and the bird house feeder. This post deals with the bird house feeder.
The Gardenline Wooden Birdhouse with Suets cost $9.99 at the time of publication. That is less money than similar wooden bird house feeders on the market.
This is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials, so if this is sold out at your local store, you’re out of luck.
Details about this feeder include:
- holds up to 1.5 lbs. of seed
- measures 11″ x 8″ x 9.4″
- includes 2 suet cages
- includes an attached cord for hanging
- features a removable roof for easy filling
- made in China
The roof does not fully detach from this feeder. Instead, it lifts up slightly but can’t come all the way off because the hanging cord is threaded through it. Once the roof is raised, it’s easy to pour bird seed in.
When dropping suet cakes into this feeder, you’ll want to lift the roof some. Otherwise the cakes can’t fit past the roof eaves. The suet cakes fit snugly into each cage, but I’m not sure how well they’ll stay there because the tops of the suet cages are open . . . and raccoons and an opossum are known to prowl my yard at night. Again, it’s hard to remove the suet if the roof is fully lowered, but we’ll see.
The plastic windows that show how full the feeder is seem thin, but they look like they’ll do the job. Overall, this seems like a decent feeder for the price, and several finches and Cardinals have already put it to use. I’ll update this post with any potential new developments regarding the feeder’s longevity.
UPDATE (6/28/2021) — The birds love all aspects of this feeder, from the suet cages to the birdseed troughs. About two months after purchasing and hanging this feeder, however, I noticed the roof pieces are starting to separate. The feeder is still functional, but I’m not sure how long it will last.
UPDATE (11/16/2021) — When my local hardware store didn’t have safflower seed in stock, I bought a more basic bag of mixed birdseed that includes sunflower seeds, so now the squirrels are interested in my bird feeders. Because this Aldi bird feeder is made of wood, the local squirrels have chewed up part of it to get to their snack. I’m not surprised, but I was caught off guard by how quickly they chewed it up, in a matter of days.
The feeder remains functional, but it definitely looks a bit worse for the wear now. If you have squirrels, I recommend using a squirrel baffle on your feeder pole to help keep them away from this feeder.
The Gardenline Wooden Birdhouse with Suets has a large compartment to hold bird seed, and it comes with two attached cages for holding suet cakes. It’s a nice-looking feeder and we’ve had fun watching the birds. We’re not sure how well the wood components will hold up over time.