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
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.