Bird Feeder - Make Your Own

Making your own bird feeder and be very satisfying plus saving money.  You must decide what kind of bird feeder you want.  The possibilities are endless.  Birds that come to a bird feeder bird feeders. too numerous to specifically name.  Seed eating birds are probably the most common bird that are attracted to to  Also,  of course the hummingbird feeder is one of the most popular type of bird feeder.  Other birds are fruit eating birds such as mockingbirds,  orioles,  cedar waxwings and some thrushes.  Some birds prefer suet.  Feeders should be kept clean and put away during the season when the type of birds you feed are no longer in your area.  The bird feeders  should be in a place that are free from predators such as cats (both domestic and feral ) and snake Thes.  feeders should be hanging from a pole high enough so predators are unable to capture them.  Hummingbird feeders should be placed in the shade or part shade and kept full.  Only a minimal amount of carpentry skill are needed.  There are plans that you may use to help you build your own bird feeders.

How to Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder

First, you’ll need to stir up a suet mixture. Suet is hard beef or mutton fat. Ask for it at the supermarket meat counter.
To mix the suet, you must first melt it. Cut or grind it into small pieces, and heat it over low heat (or in a double boiler). As the fat melts, stir it until it’s mostly liquid. Strain the liquid into another container to cool a bit, and then it’s ready to mix. (If you don’t use it all right away, save the leftovers in the refrigerator to feed the birds later. It will solidify again as it cools.)
Once the melted suet has cooled slightly, mix it with the other ingredients below. (You can also add a little wild birdseed mix if you like, or save it all for the last step). Use a table knife or wooden craft stick to press the mixture into a pine cone. Once the suet-peanut butter mixture is on the cone, spread the birdseed out on waxed paper and roll the pine cone over them. They’ll stick to the outside and be easily accessible.
Tie on a short length of sturdy cord or yarn and hang the feeder outdoors. This feeder will attract a variety of birds, including cardinals and woodpeckers.

You'll Need:

  • 1 cup suet
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup wild birdseed mix (to coat outside of cone)
  • Pine cones (choose ones that are fully open, so there's plenty of open space)
  • Saucepan or double boiler
  • Table knife or wooden craft stick
  • Waxed paper
  • Heavy string

Easy Bird Feeders for Kids

Kids will love to craft one of these simple bird feeders from readily available material

Want to be a birdwatcher? Attract birds to your yard with an easy to make birdfeeder. Learn how to make a pine cone, an orange cup feeder or a carton feeder.
Bird feeders will draw birds to your yard. Be on the lookout for some birds you haven't seen up close before! In this article you will find three styles of feeder that you can make yourself. The first and simplest requires an orange.-- a dry sort of old dry one is great. Cut the top end of the orange off and carefully scoop out the orange pulp leaving the white lining. Use an ink pen to punch four holes in the orange peel about an inch from the top edge. Now thread some plastic string through the holes. Pull the threads together above the orange and tie a knot and another above to form a loop. Fill with bird seed and hang from a branch at least six feet from the ground.
You will need a pine cone, string and peanut butter for the next feeder. Lay the pine cone on newspaper. Tie a string firmly onto one end of the cone. Now coat the cone with peanut butter. Pour bird seed over the cone and roll it in the seed on the newspaper. It is a quick and easy meal for your birdfriends and has a natural look that is inviting.

    Bird Feeder!

    If you are a nature lover and like watching birds, then you might want to get yourself a bird feeder. Attract the birds you love to watch by following simple plans foe a bird feeder. A nice addition to the basic design would be a roof or canopy to keep seeds dry. There should also be enough drainage holes to prevent water accumulation and subsequent mold and mildew growth.

    Bird Feeder Types 

    bird feeder designsThere are four basic types of bird feeder today. You have the hopper bird feeders, tube bird feeders, platform bird feeders, and globe bird feeders. If you build your own homemade bird feeders they will fall into one of these categories.

    Hopper bird feeders come in alot of different variations, but the basic designing will look like a little house with a roof on it. It protects rather well against the weather, but not against the squirrels and other seed-feeding animals. It is quite convenient for refilling and can hold a fairly large amount of bird feed. This type of feeder also keeps the seeds relatively clean. It attracts most feeder birds, including jays, cardinals, finches and buntings.

    Tube feeders have long tubes in them with platforms at the bottom and a cover on the top. In the sides they have holes with little perches for birds to sit and feed from. These feeders are classics for the smaller birds like titmice, finches, chickadees and woodpeckers.

    Platform Feeders - Platform feeders consist of an open tray upon which the feed is placed. These feeders offer little protection against squirrels or the weather. Some tube feeders are equipped to attach a tray feeder to them.

    A satellite feeder is the same thing as a globe feeder. These bird feeders are basically round and cater to the very small species of birds. They are usually hung from a wire, or string and spin when the bird lands on them.

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    How to Build a Bird Feeder 

    Bird Feeder plansLearning the way to build a bird feeder is a fun project for the whole family. It can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. The most common bird feeder style is the standard wooden bird feeder that looks like a house. While this is a bit more complicated to construct than the other styles, it doesn't require advanced skills. All you need is some wood, something to cut the wood, hammer, and nails.

    If you are hesitant of building your own bird house or bird feeder, it is best that you get some free bird feeder plans for it could show you the step by step construction process. It could lead you the fast and easy way to finish your bird feeder project.

    Usually good bird feeder plans include these procedures, first, gather all the materials needed, cut it accordingly to the size that you want and make sketches on where you are going to attach the other wood pieces and plastic sheets. Next, spread out the wood glue on the outer part of your sketches and firmly join the wood pieces until they dried up together. Then concentrate on the roof, make sure that it is movable to allow easy opening and closing whenever you need to feed and give some water to the birds. You also may want to stain the pieces before you get started. Or you can leave the wooden trim to paint later.

    Bird Feeding Tips 

    Bird Feeding and foodsThe winter is the best time to set out a feeder, since food is scarce; you're likely to attract a different variety and a large number of birds when it is colder out. Make sure to keep feeding them regularly, because they are likely to get dependent on you as their food source during cold weather, and they will especially need it after winter storms.

    Pick a spot where you would like to watch your birds. Remember that it needs to be cleaned frequently so should be near an accessible location. Try to place your feeder away from places that squirrels can get to.

    Another thing to look for in a feeder is that it protects the food from rain, snow, as well as unwanted animals like squirrels. Also make sure that the feeder will protect the seeds from bird droppings.

    Different varieties of birds eat different varieties of seeds. It is possible to control what kinds of birds visit your feeder by the types of seeds you offer. In addition to wild berries and commercially prepared foods, sunflower seeds are the most popular. Many birds also like seeds from watermelons, squash and pumpkins. Some grains used in mixes like oats, wheat, flax, buckwheat, and corn are less popular. Try to limit the feed to one type of food. Additional bird  feeders can be put up if you want to have a variety of different seeds. Always keep the feeder tray full or the birds will begin to look for another source of food elsewhere and will quit visiting

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