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Like Cardinals? Three Common Bird Feeder Plans Work For Them!

Like other birds, Cardinals do prefer certain food, but unlike most other birds, they will usually eat just about whatever bird feed you provide. This alone is reason enough to love the cardinal. Just know though, they will leave you for the neighbors if the neighbors are serving sunflower seeds. Finding the right bird feeder plans can be difficult, especially when your yard is smaller.

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Bird Feeder Plans for a 3 in 1 Bird Feeder
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It is a large enough feeder to give the birds the space they require to feed without fear, and it will hold three types of food with a slight adaptation.

There is a hopper in the middle for bird seed, and the foundation is a tray feeder which allows for nuts and fruit. By adding a suet cage at one or both ends of the hopper, you can make a 3 in 1 type feeder.

Bird Feeder Plans like these are perfect for building cardinal bird feeders, especially in the smaller backyard.

Below is a picture of a hopper bird feeder. Our sponsors’ offer birdhouse plans and bird feeder plans. Those sets include several different design sets of hopper bird feeder plans because of their popularity. As you can see it is a standard hopper style feeder to accommodate the cardinals love for black oil sunflower seeds (with their hulls), a small tray for fruits, berries, nuts, or old bread you may have on hand. Just like the Snack Shop feeder, adding a suet cage to each end of this bird feeder will give you a multi-purpose feeder

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It is my hope to make you a true blue cardinal lover. These are absolutely beautiful birds, and they’ll call your yard home for a really long time, if you provide what they need.

We are very fortunate to have a family, sometimes two families which call our yard home. They will also eat suet and certainly worms and insects. When feeding their young, it is very common to watch the mother cardinal forage in the dirt for grubs and worms for her chicks.

Cardinals don’t use birdhouses to nest, but prefer thickets, or very bushy trees and shrubs to make a home. Once they are accustomed to you, they are not terribly shy at all. Our cardinals have been here for years and will fly up onto my back porch to visit frequently. They sing to one another and are such a joy, I’m thinking it may be time for me to get another set of bird feeder plans.

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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