Rustic Garden Bird Feeder

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Introduction: Rustic Garden Bird Feeder

Here is a great way to attract a variety of birds to your garden! Thisrustic garden bird feederwill be visited by both tree clinging and perching birds. The combination of suet and seeds makes this feeder quite versatile.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Materials

  • A 12" to 18" long log with a diameter of about 3" to 4".
  • 四个,7英寸长的棍子,直径为3/4英寸。
  • One, 8" long stick with a 1/2" diameter.
  • Two, 3 3/4" long sticks with a 1/2".
  • A 9" x 9" piece of aluminum window screen.
  • 11 1 1/4“螺钉或指甲(我主要用螺丝)。
  • Eight 1/2" brad nails.
  • Eye hook. (I used a 1 3/8" long eye hook).
  • Some sort of durable cord to hang the feeder.
  • 野生鸟类和Suet(步骤5显示自制Suet的说明)。

Tools

  • Saw.
  • Snips for cutting screen.
  • Screw gun, and/or hammer.
  • Drill.
  • 1/8“钻头(用于导孔)。
  • 7/8" drill bit.
  • Pen or pencil.
  • Ruler.

Step 2: Making the Tray

Drill a pilot hole through each of the 7" sticks (3/8" away from one end). On the other end drill a pilot hole into the center of the cut end. Now lay the four sticks in a square and screw them together.

Fold over a 1/4" on each edge of the screen square to make it less sharp. Then use the brad nails to attach the screen to the stick frame. (Tip: once the nails are mostly hammered in, you can bend over the heads to secure the screen more firmly and not let the heads slip through).

Next, drill pilot holes and nail (or screw) the 8" stick across the square frame on the side with the screen. Then nail (or screw) the two 3 3/4" sticks to the opposite sides from the 8" stick, forming a cross. This will form the bottom of the feeder.

Step 3: Drilling the Holes for the Suet

Using the 7/8" drill bit, drill about 6 holes randomly spaced around the log. The holes should be a little less than an inch deep.

Step 4: Assembling the Feeder

Once the holes are drilled in the log and the tray for the bottom is assembled, you can attach the tray to the log. Drill pilot holes in the sticks that cross at the middle of the tray. Then screw the tray to the bottom of the log with the screen in between the crossed stick and the log. On the top of the log screw in the eye hook. The feeder is now ready to be hung!

Step 5: Homemade Suet

You can buy suet to put in the holes, or you can easily make your own.

Here is the recipe that I used:

  • 1/2杯缩短(我用人造黄油)。
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter.
  • 1堆杯野生鸟。
  • 1/3 cup quick oats.
  • 8 tsp. cornmeal.

Blend the shortening and the peanut butter in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix together. You should end up with a stiff chunky mash.

Note: Suet can spoil and go ransid in warm weather (above 50ºF). To keep the birds safe, hang the feeder in a shaded area and only put out as much suet as the birds can eat in a day or two.

Step 6: Watch for Birds!

Fill the holes with suet, and fill the tray with wild birdseed. Within a few minutes of hanging up my feeder, a pair of black-capped chickadees flew down and started eating! The next day I saw nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, cowbirds, and a downy woodpecker. I hope you enjoy your feeder as much as I've enjoyed mine!

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    12 Comments

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    DullKole

    3 days ago

    非常好!绝对会尽快制作其中一个(如果我可以让我的懒屁股到研讨会,哈哈)。

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    tanvirnabi

    3 days ago

    How lovely it is to see bird house ! It is perfect to make a bird house in the garden to look the whole area more natural. I love it. Making bird house in the garden is my next planning. Your tips and technique would be a great help for me to make one. Thanks.

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    snowf7

    6 days ago

    什么是使用意外暴行树的好方法。我看过鸟屋,在小屋风格的分支机构。这些看起来很棒。现在我知道我能用额外的分支机构做些什么。

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    Garbanzo21

    Reply 6 days ago

    Yes, something good can come out of a windstorm!

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    Macaroni00

    7天前

    Wow. Really great job. It is incredible that all those birds showed up already. Looks beautiful and a wonderful addition to the garden.

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    Garbanzo21

    Reply 6 days ago

    谢谢!You should try making one ;)

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    Macaroni00

    Reply 6 days ago

    Maybe I will. How long before the birds came to it?

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    Macaroni00

    Reply 6 days ago

    My mistake... you told us how long....can't believe they came so quickly. And so many varieties. I love the pictures of them on the feeder.

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    ClayBall

    7天前

    Great Idea
    I have several kinds of bird feeders. I think I will add this one. I have over 20 different kinds of birds during the summer. Some stay all year

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    Garbanzo21

    Reply 6 days ago

    Nice!

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    jessyratfink

    9 days ago

    他们真的看起来像他们喜欢它。好工作:D

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    Garbanzo21

    Reply 8 days ago

    谢谢!我无法相信有多少种不同的鸟类来了!