I found the best feeders to be a wood frame with wire mesh stapled on both sides.I render down fat[ free from the butchers] and mix it with bird seed.Once the cake has hardened, I put it inside the frame[ un screw one end] and hang it outside my window.The birds seem to like this better than just seed, and because they have to pick it out, don't scatter it on the ground- a potential attraction for rats.I think the seed-fat combination might be more nutritional for them, and it also attracts a wider variety of birds-everything from little creepers to woodpeckers
Hi OkieGene! I LOVE making bird houses! LOL If you will e-mail me I'll get some shots of some of mine(I have about 100 of them up)and send them to you. They truely are fun aren't they? For me, the true test of a good bird house is that the birds use them and hatch their young successfully there. Right now I'm trying to design a Bluebird House shaped like a Fir Tree. I have both sides cut out and now must get the house it'self done. I do manage to keep the people who make wood filler in business! Can't saw a straight line! :no:
Second thought...Get your hands on a copy of "Birds and Blooms"..many great ideas in that Mag. I know someone here on the forum will have one laying around(I took all of mine to the Doc's office). Then, contact any of the well known wood working mags that sell the birdhouse supplies. There are very good ideas in them also. I like finding a picture that looks like it would be a good birdhouse and going from there. It's fun duplicating old barns, post offices, grain silos, cafe's, Bed & Breakfast places etc. Then, collect old license plates, they make good roofs. Drift wood is neat too. LQ
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