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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

Hopper Bird Feeder Plans, Ted's Woodworking Plans

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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.

Using soda bottles to make a homemade feeder makes bird feeder plans unnecessary.

Soda bottle feeders make bird feeder plans unnecessary.

Building a Bird-Friendly Bird Feeder That Is Kid-Friendly Too

If you look through catalogs or online, you will see bird feeders and houses that are more like bird mansions and resorts.There are some incredible designs – but there is something special about making your own.  Maybe it’s the feeling of drawing backyard visitors into your yard on your own; maybe it’s saving a ton of money! Either way, try these soda bottle bird feeder plans.

You can buy plastic bird feeders, and you can even buy soda bottle style bird feeder kits. 

There is really no need to because these feeders are so simple – and so cheap.  Most households have a spare 1 or 2 liter soda bottle around somewhere.  You will need this and:

    Utility knife – Dowel, twig, or wooden spoon(s) – String or fishing line – Birdseed

Start by cutting a hole about 1/4 of the way up the bottle.  Make sure that it is just big enough for the slimmest part of the spoon or twig.  Make another hole directly opposite this that is about the size of a nickel.  Turn the bottle around and make aother hole about 1/2 way up the bottle.  Again, make another nickel-sized hole directly opposite.  Into these holes, insert your perches, which can be wooden spoons, dowels, or sturdy twigs.  Carefully pour in birdseed, using a funnel if you need to.

Use your utility knife or a drill to make a small hole in the top of the cap of the bottle. Insert a length of wire, string, or fishing line

Little boy certainly doesn't need bird feeder plans to finish his soda bottle bird feeder.

Youngster Puts Finishing Touches on His Feeder

through the hole and make a loop.  This will be the hanger for your bird feeder.  Hang your feeder off the ground, but make sure that it is accessible so you can refill it easily.

There are different methods for making a simple soda bottle bird feeder.  Try this one or look for soda bottle bird feeder plans online to make your own. Your kids – and the birds – will love it.