How to Make Bird Feeders

Bird Cafeteria Bird Feeder

Bird Cafeteria Bird Feeder
Bird Cafeteria Bird Feeder

Set out a feast for the birds and learn what they like best with the Bird Cafeteria Bird Feeder.

What You'll Need:

  • Bird feeders (purchased or homemade)
  • Thistle seeds
  • Cut-up fruit
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Dull knife
  • Whole coconut
  • Adult help
  • Drill
  • Cracked corn
  • Suet
  • Peanuts
  • String
  • Mesh bag

Try the following ways of offering foods and see what your birds like best:

  1. Offer various seeds. You can buy special feeders for fine thistle seed and for larger sunflower seeds. Offer thistle in the summer when goldfinches are around. Sunflower seeds can be out all year.
  2. Build or buy a table-style feeder on a post to offer peanuts and cut-up fruit (especially cherries).
  3. Pound a slender nail into a tree and stick half an apple on it, or wedge apple slices between tree branches.
  4. Cut an orange in half and hang the halves from a branch for orioles.
  5. Cut a coconut in half. Drill a hole near the edge and hang from a tree branch. Small, seed-eating birds like to peck at the meat, and larger, more aggressive birds cannot get to it easily.
  6. On a large flat rock, offer cracked corn to quail and doves.
  7. Use a flat window feeder to offer cut-up suet from the meat counter. Make sure the window is high enough that dogs, cats, and rats cannot reach. Don't offer suet in the warmer months; it spoils quickly.

The next bird feeder is sure to attract some high-flying tenants.

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