Carol asks…

Is there any easy way to make bird feeders using household stuff ?

I DON’T HAVE ANY PLASTIC BOTTLES ! what else could i use. i know u can use one with peanut butter but i forgot how to make that any one know how ?

Rose Church, author of Bird Feeder

Rose answers:

Nail a pie pan to the top of a post and put birdseed in it. You can mix old Peanut Butter with suet (LARD), birdseed grains and make a kind of chewy treat for birds…they love it, especially in the winter time.

Sharon asks…

How can I make my bird feeder squirrel proof?

Anyone who has bird feeders knows how frustrating it is to have squirrels destroying them. I live in an area that I call “squirrelville” because there’s so many squirrels running around. There’s a lot of trees in my neighborhood which is good for attracting birds but I cann’t stop the squirrels from attacking my bird feeders!

Rose answers:

This seems to be a popular question, especially around Springtime!

The location of your bird feeder is very important. Make sure your bird feeder is well made-It’s all about quality. The best place for a bird feeder is out in the open, at least ten feet from any tree branch, deck or any other squirrel launching object. Make sure your bird feeder is hung in a safe place.

The squirrel proof tube bird feeder is both functional and beautiful. Used as the post on which a bird feeder is mounted, it makes it impossible for squirrels to get any traction. You can get squirrel proof bird feeders at Bargain Prices. Avoid Those Pesky Squirrels!

Check out this post which gives more good info and advice on keeping squirrels away from your bird feeder.

John asks…

Are bird feeders a good idea?

Bird feeders………well, they feed birds but are they a good idea? They give birds food but couldn’t they also make birds more lazy by relying on a person providing them food? There’s also the chance that younger birds won’t/have a smaller chance of being taught how to catch worms.

I’m not talking about pet birds.

Rose answers:

What you’ll mainly attract in town are house sparrows with a mix of other birds, try the cone shaped preformed seed feeders they’re more work to get at and don’t let the little moochers eat too much at once. I put them out when the weathers bad and there’s nothing else for them to eat, when it’s nice out let them fend for themselves.

Ken asks…

How do you make a bird feeder?

I want to make a bird feeder. how do you make one?

Rose answers:

Some simple ones.

– Pinecone birdfeeder. Find a large pinecone, and tie a string on it. Adjust it so it’s upside down. Using a (clean!) paint brush, brush peanut butter in the crevices. Then get birdseed, and coat it on the peanut butter. Face it right side up, and tie it to a tree.

– Orange peel birdfeeder. Peel an orange so that it’s in one long spiral peel. Coat it in peanut butter, and dip in bird seed.

Or, you could always go to a craft store and buy one to make.

Richard asks…

How to make a bird feeder at home?

I have no trees in my area so no pinecones. I don’t drink soda or bottled water and only have expired peanut butter that the expiration date was 2002. Um… anything else?

Rose answers:

Pick up some weeds like dandelions and dip them in honey then dip them in seeds. I don’t know why you can’t just buy a bird feeder. It’s not that expensive.

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