Build the Bird Feeders that Make Birds Sing

 

Having backyard birds is a great source of enjoyment and entertainment – but how do you attract them to your yard?  A larger, platform or tray style

Plan excerpt illustrating how ease a platform or tray bird feeder is to build, and is the type of feeder that attract the most interest from the birds..

Hang from a Tree or Attach to a Pole

feeder can be the best way to attract the most birds.  See how easy the bird feeder plans really are for a platform or tray bird feeder.   These are easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Timid birds will often stay away from bird feeders that are covered with a roof of some sort; a platform  or tray style feeder leaves all, or most, of the food surface open, and this lets birds know that they can find a snack here.  After you have succeeded in drawing birds to your feeder, you can construct a little shelter, or lean-to, to keep some of the food protected from the elements.

It can be hard to find this style of bird feeder in stores, but don’t worry.  All you need is a simple set of bird feeder plans and a few pieces of wood and they are easy to make.  Start with four pieces of 1 x 1/2 inch wood, and nail these together in a square.  Aim for sides that measure 2 by 3 feet, so about a dozen birds can feed without conflict.  Put braces in from corner to corner to support the structure.  After this, find a piece of window or fly screen and nail it to the frame.  This serves as a very simple, lightweight, floor that has an effective drainage system.  You can attach a piece of wood beneath the center of this structure, which will allow you to nail the platform feeder to a post.

This is perhaps the simplest bird feeder you could make, but it is one of the most effective in attracting a variety, and quantity, of birds to your backyard.

Birdhouse  Plans for Your Neighborhood Bluebirds

 

Marshall Brain is the real brain behind the incredible information resource
known as HowStuffWorks.com, a great “How To” website.  In addition to being

A pair of Western Bluebirds, the male with his brilliant blue feathers and his mate with more subdued hints of blue interwoven throughout her feathers

Pair of Western Bluebirds

a former president of a multimillion dollar software company, Marshall is a renowned author and award-winning professor.

In “The Teenager’s Guide to the Real World” and his other books, Marshall demonstrates the rare skill of being able to communicate complex ideas in clear, easy to understand language. Who better to tackle a set of bird house plans and break it down for us?

If you are looking for a great project for a child, then building a bluebird house is your answer.  Bluebirds can be lured into your backyard with appetizing mealy worms, fruit, and suet.  Use bird feeder plans and save some money by building your own bluebird feeder and bluebird house.  A suet bird feeder which has a tray is the perfect way to entice these beautiful birds, and remember to put out fruit scraps when you have them.

What size should your bluebirds’ birdhouse be?  That depends, of course, on
the size of your birds.  Eastern, Western, and Mountain bluebirds all need a
house with a floor measuring 5×5 inches, a height of 6 to 12 inches, a hole 4-10 inches above the floor, and from 4 to 10 feet above the ground.  The hole diameter for Eastern and Western bluebirds should be 1 1/2 inches, while the Mountain Bluebird needs about 1 9/16.

If you are working with children, the careful measurements and cutting

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds on a tree branch, he with his burnt orange chest and his royal blue feathers, and her with her orange chest and more muted blue feathers

Pair of Eastern Bluebirds

process can take too long, especially if you are meeting with a group of school kids, Boy or Girl Scouts, or other meeting-based groups.  This is why Marshall assembled a bluebird house kit and plans.  This turns the construction of a birdhouse into an afternoon project – and one kids can be proud of.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post which will tell you what you need to assemble your own bluebird bird house and where to get a set of bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans for the bluebird.

Making Your Own Feeder From Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

 

A hopper bird feeder has seed storage built right into the design. While there are drawbacks, the big advantage is that you do not have to refill

Free red cedar hopper bird feeder plans so you can build your own bird feeder for about a quarter of what it would cost you to buy one.

Red Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

them daily.

The handy hopper is perfect for those who can’t make the trek out to the backyard every day to refill it, as well as for those who like to keep their bird friends fed during the winter months.  The seed is kept in a covered container that protects it from the elements – and from overzealous birds and squirrels.  A small amount of feed is released from a slit at the bottom of the container into a tray.  As it empties, more seed spills out thanks to gravity.

It is a very simple system but remarkably effective.

These hopper bird feeders can accommodate commercial seed mixes, millet, sunflower, and virtually any seed you (and your birds) like.  You can keep squirrels and heavy birds from gobbling up your seed by making a weighted feeder. You can modify your bird feeder plans to add an adjustable counterweight designed to close the food access ports when a squirrel tries to eat.

You typically don’t have to fill the container every day, which is perfect when you’d rather spend a few more minutes in bed rather than trucking out to the yard. Birds who don’t make the first seating can still get fresh feed, and it is also a perfect solution for keeping your birds fed while you’re on vacation.

What could possibly be a downside to this great system?  In many designs,

Pictured is a red cedar hopper bird feeder with a plexi-glass hopper making it easy to see inside to know when to refill the hopper with bird seed.

Red Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder

the storage container takes up the bulk of the space, while the eating tray is reduced to a narrow ledge.  These feeders are also more expensive than

simple tray feeders. This makes sense because the design is more complex – but it doesn’t make it any easier on the wallet.

You can solve both of these problems with one solution: when you use bird feeder plans, you can make your own.  Just by using scraps of wood in your garage, you can create an efficient hopper bird feeder that has the features you want, like a wider tray beneath the storage container for more eating area, without the cost.