Robert asks…

How can I make a bird feeder?

I want to make a bird feeder for seeds to attract wild birds

Rose answers:

Google it…  just kidding.  There are a large number of plans available online, some free and some through various vendors.  We have a sponsor, Ted’s Plans, who has over 15,000 sets of plans with over a hundred for bird feeders and birdhouses.  See upper right-hand sidebar for a link to his site to see what a nice package of plans he sells.

Good Luck, and have fun.  It is a very rewarding feeling to complete, then to be able to use one of your woodworking projects.

Sandra asks…

How would you make a bird ball feeder with suet/beef fat/ pork fat?

I read somewhere that people would make some sort of bird feeder ball with seeds/fat. Then hang them on their tree/xmas tree for the birds. One way to decorate xmas tree.

Rose answers:

While you can use animal fat, your may find it easier, less messy, and prettier to take a paper cup or whatever shape u plan on using and coat it in layers of honey letting each layer dry, of course.  Then after u have coats of honey going layer it with birdseed or whatever kinds of bird food u are using. Now u want to keep a spray bottle by u filled with Hot water, butter, and honey… After u have the seeds on it spray it then keep adding seeds soon u will have this big ball of seeds and if u use a cup then the out side will be nice and coated while the inside nice and clean… Lay it on a cookie sheet and bak it on 250 to 300 degrees for and 15 mins but keep an eye on it when its done let it cool then tie a bow threw the center of the cup and it will look very pretty and be so tasty to any bird eating it:)… U can also us peanut butter and u can also use foil instead of the paper cup this way u can shape the foil to any shape u want such as a star or heart or Christmas tree for that matter 🙂  Have fun and good luck its a messy but fun project!

John asks…

Who knows how to make a bird feeder?

Ok i have 1kg of wild bird seed and 545 grams of dripping… its winter were i am but I still would prefer one those won’t melt easily… please and thank you .

Rose answers:

If you want an easy one, you can cut a hole in a large pop bottle.  See our instructions and materials for a homemade feeder made from a soda bottle.


Nancy asks…

How do you get Cardinals (the birds) to come to your yard?

I love Cardinals but they never come to my yard.How can I get them to come?It helps if you’re an expert,but I don’t require it.

Rose answers:

The sunflower seeds in a fly-through birdfeeder should do the trick. Cardinals are rather skittish and like the kinds of feeders where they can easily see what’s going on. But, basically, if you have sunflower seeds where they can get to them, they’ll come. (Putting the feeder near a bush or tree where they can perch after taking a seed will keep them closer.)

Daniel asks…

What types of birds are useful in eliminating mosquitoes? And how do you lure them to your yard?

I love working in my yard and have been hanging bird houses and bird feeders this year. I’ve really given no thought to particular types of birds though. Tonight I came inside because the mosquitoes were driving me crazy and it occurred to me that there is most likely some type of bird that eats mosquitoes…what are they and how do I get them to make my home their home?

Rose answers:

Purple Martins, Robins, Bats and adding a pond to your backyard will all help. Keep up with the bird feeders, though, because even though these birds don’t eat seed too much, they like to hang out with other birds. Plus the pond will bring the insect-eating birds, too.

Something else to consider: planting marigolds in pots around your doorways to keep the buggers outside.

Helen asks…

Anyone know a good way to keep birds out of your yard? I don’t want to poison them…?

I’ve got starlings roosting in the tree in my backyard. They come in to roost every night and cause an incredible racket and defecate all over the tree. Anyone know how to get rid of them? I don’t want to kill them, I just want them away from my house.

Rose answers:

The best place to start, as someone suggested above, would be to get a good visual scare device, such at the TerrorEyes ( The problem with the fake plastic owls and the pie pans is that they are static and unchanging and birds quickly become used to them. The TerrorEyes is a bright orange balloon with holographic eyes that move and appear to follow the birds wherever they go. This scares them a lot, and they leave. Also, you could try Irritape around the tree. There are also sticky substances you can put on the tree that they don’t like and a host of other humane and economic methods to keep birds out of your garden. Visit for more information. Best of luck.

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Carol asks…

Is there any easy way to make bird feeders using household stuff ?

I DON’T HAVE ANY PLASTIC BOTTLES ! what else could i use. i know u can use one with peanut butter but i forgot how to make that any one know how ?

Rose Church, author of Bird Feeder

Rose answers:

Nail a pie pan to the top of a post and put birdseed in it. You can mix old Peanut Butter with suet (LARD), birdseed grains and make a kind of chewy treat for birds…they love it, especially in the winter time.

Sharon asks…

How can I make my bird feeder squirrel proof?

Anyone who has bird feeders knows how frustrating it is to have squirrels destroying them. I live in an area that I call “squirrelville” because there’s so many squirrels running around. There’s a lot of trees in my neighborhood which is good for attracting birds but I cann’t stop the squirrels from attacking my bird feeders!

Rose answers:

This seems to be a popular question, especially around Springtime!

The location of your bird feeder is very important. Make sure your bird feeder is well made-It’s all about quality. The best place for a bird feeder is out in the open, at least ten feet from any tree branch, deck or any other squirrel launching object. Make sure your bird feeder is hung in a safe place.

The squirrel proof tube bird feeder is both functional and beautiful. Used as the post on which a bird feeder is mounted, it makes it impossible for squirrels to get any traction. You can get squirrel proof bird feeders at Bargain Prices. Avoid Those Pesky Squirrels!

Check out this post which gives more good info and advice on keeping squirrels away from your bird feeder.

John asks…

Are bird feeders a good idea?

Bird feeders………well, they feed birds but are they a good idea? They give birds food but couldn’t they also make birds more lazy by relying on a person providing them food? There’s also the chance that younger birds won’t/have a smaller chance of being taught how to catch worms.

I’m not talking about pet birds.

Rose answers:

What you’ll mainly attract in town are house sparrows with a mix of other birds, try the cone shaped preformed seed feeders they’re more work to get at and don’t let the little moochers eat too much at once. I put them out when the weathers bad and there’s nothing else for them to eat, when it’s nice out let them fend for themselves.

Ken asks…

How do you make a bird feeder?

I want to make a bird feeder. how do you make one?

Rose answers:

Some simple ones.

– Pinecone birdfeeder. Find a large pinecone, and tie a string on it. Adjust it so it’s upside down. Using a (clean!) paint brush, brush peanut butter in the crevices. Then get birdseed, and coat it on the peanut butter. Face it right side up, and tie it to a tree.

– Orange peel birdfeeder. Peel an orange so that it’s in one long spiral peel. Coat it in peanut butter, and dip in bird seed.

Or, you could always go to a craft store and buy one to make.

Richard asks…

How to make a bird feeder at home?

I have no trees in my area so no pinecones. I don’t drink soda or bottled water and only have expired peanut butter that the expiration date was 2002. Um… anything else?

Rose answers:

Pick up some weeds like dandelions and dip them in honey then dip them in seeds. I don’t know why you can’t just buy a bird feeder. It’s not that expensive.

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