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Male Cardinal

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.

Linda asks…

How do I build a bird feeder?

I really want to feed the birds that go near my three parakeets, but they scare my parakeets.  They always yell and chirp out loud.

Rose answers:

I’ve never seen this because I only am around the wild backyard birds, but I suspect the wild birds come near the cage because of food you probably have in your parakeets’ cage.  I would try, for simplicity’s sake just putting together a platform or tray bird feeder for your wild birds.

You can hang these from a tree branch or simply put one on the top of a pole and put bird food on it.  Oh, and I would place it a good distance from where you keep the domestic birds’ cage.  If you can keep your wild birds fed, I would think they’d be less likely to visit the cages as often.

Rose

Chris asks…

How do you build a shelf bird feeder that is only accessible to a chickadee?

On the shelf of the feeder there are bars, like jail house bars, that are wide enough for a chickadee to fit through, but not sparrows.

Rose answers:

3/4 or 1/2 inch chicken might work. If you fed pure black oil sunflower seed, it might result in less visits by sparrows.

Carol asks…

Best Bird Feeder To Build.?

Best Bird Feeder To Build. 10 POINTS?
I have gust recently taken in birds as a hobby
What is the best and nicest home made bird feeder to put in
my backyard.
My little brothers and sisters are always running around in my backyard so I would like one that you can preferably
mount or hange from a tree.
My backyard is relatively small but there are lots of tall trees in the backyard across from mine gust about a meter from my fence.
I would like to have lots of songbirds so that when you walk out you hear lots of singing
My mom is an artist and she also loves birds I would realy like to inspire here art.
please show me a web site pictures and instructions on how to build this bird feeder you recommend.
I live in Ontario
Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rose answers:

Also, to attract birds, make sure they can see the seeds very well at first. Sometimes, new feeders can scare birds so you want to advertise your new free birdy restaurant. :) Once you get birds there and feeding every day, then you can get all fancy with a feeder that reflects who you are.

By the way, the other day another person wanted to know all about all kinds of bird feeder plans, and if any site has them, we do.  I put several links to various posts on the subject, so here is a link to my reply to him with all the links for you to use too.

Good luck!

 

 

bird feeder plans for cardinals, cardinal food, male cardinal

Male Cardinal

Three Different Types of Bird Feeder Plans Will Satisfy the Cardinals’ Varied Diet

Well, it is my favorite time of the year and my favorite birds are home again on my back porch as though they own the place.  Sadly, though, this year my other little family is either hiding or not here.  I imagine it is the latter.  Most of you who visit here know my favorite bird is the cardinal.  I love their personality, the way the mates stay together, and as a mother I can identify when mama cardinal runs frantically around looking for food to bring back to the squawkers in the nest.

Cardinals certainly have their favorite food, just like other birds, but they will generally eat whatever you feed them which is why I thought you would enjoy my favorite bird feeder too.  This article has been brought back out and dusted off because it is timeless just like the beautiful cardinal, and hopefully this three-in-one feeder will intrigue you as it does me.

Hope you enjoy this update…..

Rose

Interestingly, the Northern Cardinal, originated in the southeastern part of the United States. The bird has slowly migrated during the twentieth century as far north as southern Canada, and as far west as Texas.  As a child, I always thought the cardinals went home to the north after spending a

Bird Feeder Plans with two or more ways birds can feed offer the backyard birder the oppoortunity to attract different species of birds.

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winter with us in sunny Florida.  Only later as I developed my keen love for backyard birding, did I learn differently.  Not only does the cardinal stay in one area all year long with his mate, they also have a varied diet making three different types of bird feeder plans just perfect.

Personally, I like to kill two birds with one stone (JUST KIDDING!!) and use some of my favorite combination bird feeder plans to make a feeder that serves several different types of bird feed and  hopefully a more varied assortment of backyard birds.  The picture above and to the right is an example of such a feeder.

The Snack Shop feeder is both a hopper bird feeder and a tray bird feeder.  Additionally, if you add a standard suet cage or rack at either or both ends of bird feeder plans like those used to make the snack shop, you will have three types of feeders in one.

Bird Feeder Plans like these are just right for building cardinal bird feeders.

In the lower left is a picture of a bird feeder which can be made from one of the many sets of bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans from our sponsors.  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.  Again, simply add a suet cage to the other side of this feeder and you’ll have three feeders in one for cardinals and friends.

Bird Feeder Plans which will satisfy the cardinals and attract other birds as well.

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You will become a cardinal lover. They are beautiful birds, and if they have what they need, they will stay in your yard for a very, very long time.  In the back of our house is a very deep thicket of cabbage palms, oaks, and underbrush in which the birds nest and live.   Just inside the deep thicket are trees into which they fly daily roosting proudly for all to see.

They have become so accustomed to us, they will even fly onto my covered porch for a visit.  They sing to one another and I believe we must have two families this year, because I frequently see two full grown females in close proximity to one another.  It looks like another set of bird feeder plans for cardinals may be in order!