How to make a wooden squirrel proof bird feeder,shed antler projects,building a small garden tool shed,6x4 trailer - 2016 Feature

Published : 31.08.2014 | Author : admin | Categories : Simple Woodworking Project Plans
With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. Anyone who puts up a birdfeeder hoping to to enjoy the birds will soon attract unwanted guests - squirrels. Use a pair of pliers to compress each baffle and force it into a feed hole, with the open side down. Also getting longer ones would allow you to feed it from 1 slot, through the feeder, and out the other slot - any excess could be trimmed off.
I used 2 of each size in the feeders I built - when I get them up, I will be able to judge which works better, and will post an update. I was out at the farm today (where the feeder is) and there were 4 different birds on it at the same time - a Chickadee, a Pine Siskin, a Redpoll, and a Pine Grosbeak!
The original intention of building this hanger was to hang a hummingbird feeder where it would be quite sufficiently strong. For the bottom, I don't have any woodworking tools to cut a circle out of wood, so I used the craft foam that comes in sheets. I have been so frustrated by the squirrels in our yard that my husband and I built a somewhat modified version of this bird feeder. I know that pretty much all spray paint is highly toxic to birds - especially the paint residue itself that will certainly get on the seed as it moves through the pipe - so this is a much better option for not damaging wild birds' health!


There are male cardinals who love this feeder, and I suspect them and the squirrels are in cahoots.
I've tried so many feeders, but this has to be my favorite, because I can build it myself.
Most commercial tube feeders have several levels, staggered so that none are directly above the others. The pipe is welded to a base in the shape of a bird's foot about 1 foot across (I need to measure it and take a pic when the snow is gone). It sure is good to have it near some trees and shrubs though, so the birds feel safe and have a place for quick escape.
The feeder is 2 feet high plus 1 foot of rod above the feeder, where it has an eye to hook onto the hanger. I'm going to stash it away until the Canadian winter, when things get really interesting for the birds.
But by day 3 the buggers had figured out that they could cling to the pole with the rear legs and fling themselves at the feeder until they grasped either the perches or the edge of a hole. The plate is fastened DOWN to the cheep feeder with short lengths of that 30ga wire that hold the plate rigid over the feeder. They would then pull the feeder close enough to literally stick their face in and chow down.


Most of them slip off but I've seen one that hung to it, probably from the feeder holes.
It's only a matter of time till these crafty creatures figure out how to get onto the roof and cross the wire but so far so good.
As I type there are six squirrels prowling the ground for seed and staring up at the feeder.
I placed some extra perches between the holes for these bigger birds so that they aren't so close to the hole.
The perches are heavy guage weed-whacker line looped through two small holes below the feed holes. By the way, the blue and yellow rods are to attract more birds because I read that these are the only colors that birds can see.



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