Use Wooden Bird Feeder Plans To Get the Look You Want

It has been too many years to count now, the morning I went outside looked around and said to myself, wow am I blessed.  I have a gorgeous yard with flowers, flowering trees, and beautiful oaks.  What is missing I

Three absolutely gorgeous, decorative bird feeders, with intricate exterior work

Extra Fancy WOW Bird Feeders

thought, and then I realized there were few or no birds in my yard.  It was then I went to work to change all of that when I decided that I would build my very first wooden bird feeder.  That’s just what I did right after I bought a set of bird feeder plans.

It was one of those times in my life when I wanted something ornate and decorative and nothing less would do.  While the ones above I did not make, the one I did make that season looked very much like the one on the far right.  Yes, I put my heart and soul into the outside of the house, but it was worth it.

Hi Everyone, it’s me Rose with an update for you.  Recently, I found a household woodworking project dream.

We all know that only the best of plans tell you what tools you’ll need, never mind how to use them.  At our house, we’ve had more woodworking projects than just me building bird feeders, and we are ever so glad we now have this series of 10 eBook guides entitled, “How To Build Anything With Three Tools”.  Each of these 10 books sells for $4.95 apiece, but they are available now at a terrifically reduced price when you get the whole series.  The whole series is virtually only half of what you’d spend on each book separately to the set.

Together, these little woodworking bibles cover the three tools you must have, how to use those to make the guides which allow you to saw with absolute precision.  There is even a separate book which explains which kind of wood you should purchase for each type project.  These ten eBooks will give anyone the confidence to begin woodworking projects.

We’ve all been there staring at pictures or sketches on a plan sheet which contains no helpful information on how to proceed.  It’s like having your dad or your grandpa there to help you when you have this information handy on your work bench.  My grandfather was a carpenter and used to build beautiful bookcases for my grandmother, so when I saw these books, I was thrilled.  Take a peek at “How To Build Anything With Three Tools”.

On a more practical note however, regardless of how pretty your new wooden bird feeder is, in order for it to attract birds and fulfill its promise you must follow these guidelines:

Eye Appeal

There is an old saying among architects that goes something like, “it costs the same amount to build ugly, so why build ugly?”  The same goes for your bird feeders.  Make sure your new bird feeder has eye appeal for everyone including the birds.  After all, it will be looked at since bird watching is why you are building it.  Besides, it is an extension of your home.

It bears repeating that to use bona fide bird feeder plans will ensure your project ends in an attractive way regardless your woodworking skill set.  These plans are not only step-by-step instructions, but are also guides as to the tools and materials you will need.

Proper Placement

The feeder should be placed in the best possible area for the birds to come.  Take these factors into consideration when planning where you will put it.

First, the birds have to notice it and the feed and it will have to be in a location in which the birds feel safe.  There is no reason the bird feeder shouldn’t be a focal point in your yard, so proudly display your new feeder.

Sense of Security

Place the feeder well off the ground so it is well out of reach from dogs and kitty cats.  Birds are afraid of these animals and will not frequent a frightening bird feeder.

In addition, it is important to keep insects out of the bird feed, so be sure to build it in such a way that the birdseed is protected from the weather and well ventilated to keep it dry.  Remember to check your feed periodically to make sure the seed is edible and fresh.

Finally, when you are building your little masterpiece paint as much as you

Decoriative little cedar tray bird feeder with a roof

A cute little wood worker's delight of a small tray feeder with a roof and made of cedar to keep the insects away from the feed.

like on the outside, but leave the interior exposures to the birds and the feed unpainted.  Also, used untreated wood too.  These two little steps will help to ensure your birds are not harmed by any chemicals in the paint or in treated wood.

I’ve been writing on bird watching and building your own birdhouses and bird feeders from plans  for some time now and wouldn’t build without them.  The  two links which follow are a valuable resource for many of my

readers.  With just under one hundred to choose from, these two highly skilled draftsmen have put together the best collections of bird feeder plans on the market today.  In addition, for a low price they both include literally thousands of additional woodworking plans for various projects around the house.

Thanks for reading and drop me a line…..  Rose

Nestled on an Evergreen Branch the Birds Feed Safely

As we watch the winter last seemingly forever and see the birds struggling to find a bite eat, many of us will do whatever we can to make sure they find some.  In the desolation of winter, the birds remaining bring us great joy as

Nestled on an evergreen branch with snow layered everywhere, these three birds enjoy an oasis of food in the harsh surroundings.

Bird Feeders in the Winter - an Oasis

the reminder that all is well in the outdoors in spite of the weather.

My friends have commented to me how unsuccessful they have been at attracting birds to their yards during the winter months.  There can be many reasons for this ranging from the simple fact that the birds which would eat the food provided just aren’t hungry.  Maybe there is a ready source of food for them the next block over in a place they’ve been in the past.  Or maybe the birds near your house prefer something other than what you have provided.  Diets vary profoundly from species to species.  Some birds eat grains and seeds or fruit, while others eat insects and grubs.

Most likely though, it is the surroundings and atmosphere of one backyard as compared to another.  One backyard makes the bird feel safe and another does not.  If the bird feed you are using is attracting no birds to your yard, take note of where you are placing your feed.  Is it out in the wide open or right on your window sill in a place where the birds are easy for you to spot?  If so, you might be more successful changing your feeding locations.

While there is little cover in the winter as the trees are bare and the shrubs are too, realize the birds are uncomfortable out in the open eating with no cover at all.  Try placing your feeder in a tree or near shrubbery.  Regardless the level of foliage on the plants, the birds will feel safer in a location such as this.  Chances are you will soon see birds coming into your yard to feed if you make this easy change in feeding places.

After you’ve changed the atmosphere in the birds favor, then evaluate what you are feeding them.  Given the fewer birds in the colder climes during winter, in order to attract more birds, you will want to put more than one type of food out.

My recommendation is to start with some peanuts, some suet (hard uncooked beef fat), and table scraps such as bacon rinds, breads and crumbs, and some fruit pieces.  These items should cover most of the species and bring you good results for winter bird watching.

Free Bird Feeder Plans

Blue Bird Feeder Plans Fig. 17

Bluebirds and wrens, as well as swallows, nest in this style of house though they prefer a deeper cavity. Another pole house is shown in figure 17.

This is essentially designed like the woodpecker model and is suitable for bluebirds. By releasing the hooks which fasten the box to the base, cleaning is easy.

While these two figures, 17 & 18, may get some folks through to the finished product, if you are uncomfortable with these drawings, please do take a look at these bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans.  There are thousands of complete and easy-to-follow plans  and the best part is they cost less than a penny apiece.

Update:  Make Following Free Bird Feeder Plans Really Easy

Hi Everyone…  Rose here and I just want to share with everyone how much easier it is to follow these free or inexpensive bird feeder plans and turn them into a bird feeder when you have something I stumbled across today.  As we all know, not all sets of bird feeder plans, or any other home woodworking sets of plans give the best directions and certainly no tips on how to make your project turned out as well as it could.

Well, now it is easier with this new set of 10 ebook guides entitled, “How To Build Anything With Three Tools“.   Each book is well illustrated and to the point (they sell separately for $4.95 each) and cover the three tools, and how to use those to build guides for sawing that allow you to cut with precision.  There is a separate book on which types of woods are best for each type project, etc.  What welcome information they are when the set of plans is merely sketches on one sheet of paper without any explanation on how to cut or how to best proceed with the steps necessary to finish the project.

Bird Feeder Plans for a Blue Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder Plans Fig. 18

These plans are for a birdhouse for smaller birds such as the wren, swallow and blue bird.  If you have the space available in your yard, you might consider installing multiple birdhouses and bird feeders.

Since different varieties of bird are attracted specifically to certain designs,  and should you decide to purchase  these quality bird feeder plans, you will receive almost 100 from which to choose.  In addition, you’ll have thousands of other projects for which you will have plans as well.  Like good tools, quality plans are the best choice for a fine finished product.

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Eastern bluebirds rarely visit feeders but will nest in backyards if you have enough open space and a suitable nest box is provided. I never see bluebirds in my yard but I don’t have to travel far to find them. Several parks near my house have bluebird trails. It’s always a treat for me to stumble across a pair building a nest or feeding their babies….

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