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Make a bird feeder!

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If I were to choose one feeder to watch out my window, it would be a platform feeder. This simple project makes an ample feeder for serving a flock of seed eaters. (And it makes a great gift.)


What You’ll Need:

  • Adult permission and/or help
  • One 30-inch 1-inch-by-12-inch board (You can also cut a similar-size piece from a ¾ -inch-thick piece of plywood; treated wood weathers better.)
  • 7 feet of 1-inch-by-1-inch pine (Or use 1-inch pine quarter round trim, or cut 1-inch by 1-inch strips from the 3/4 –inch-thick plywood).
  • 10 galvanized 6-penny box or finishing nails
  • One 1-inch pipe flange with four ¾-inch screws
  • One 6 to 8 foot length of 1-inch galvanized pipe with one end threaded. (You can also screw the feeder onto a deck railing or hang it from eyehooks.)

Note: A roof is not necessary, but one can be added to keep the seed drier.

What You’ll Do


STEP 1: Cut platform base.



STEP 2: Measure and cut trim pieces so that they fit around the edge of the top of the platform. This will serve to contain the seed.



STEP 3: Nail or screw the trim pieces to the platform.



STEP 4: Fasten the pipe flange in the center of the bottom side of the platform with ¾-inch screws. (Or fasten screw eyes to each end of the platform if you want to hang it up.)



STEP 5 : Screw pipe into the pipe flange and erect your feeder in your yard within viewing distance of your window.


Feeder tips

Place the feeder in your best viewing position — but also consider nearby shrubs and trees for shelter and protection for the feeding birds. In open areas, place your feeder on the side of the house that is most protected from winter winds.

Each bird species has its special habits and needs. The best high-energy foods include sunflower seeds, peanut kernel, white proso millet and suet (beef fat).

Lastly, because birds will come to depend on your feeder, it is important that you keep it full of food. Neglect it, and birds could suffer.

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6 Comments on Make a bird feeder!

  1. candy maniac0077 // May 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm // Reply

    cool my mom has 3

  2. bow hunter // March 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm // Reply

    I build bird house and feeders all the time and i sell a lot of them and its a fun thing to do for a hobby

  3. Lycanthrope // March 12, 2010 at 5:37 am // Reply

    Simple diagrams. I don’t get what you guys are mumbling about. Just pay attention to each detail and the diagrams are easy to read.
    One problem is squirrels. When there are birds, there are squirrels. I would recommend waxing the pole or something so they can’t get up. When I was a little kid, I made a bird feeder in cub scouts, but the only thing that ate from there were squirrels. =/

  4. CoinCollector // January 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm // Reply

    Could you put in a picture of the final bird feeder?

  5. bird lover // June 29, 2009 at 7:57 am // Reply

    suggest making the platform out of screening so that seeds will have a better chance of drying if they get wet

  6. that will be the easy thing, but making a dollhouse for the birds will be the hard thing!

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