As part of my 'gardening fix' I decided to have a go at making a Bird Feeder - I came across a picture of a recycled log feeder recently and thought that I could very easily fashion something from a log I rescued from a pile going to the council tip after a neighbour had 2 very dead conifers removed from her garden back in summer. For the past few months I've walked by it as it lay on the path - yet to be given a purpose. Well it needn't wait any longer.
Here is the log with screw in vine eye at either end. These need to be spaced appropriately as they will provide the balance needed for hanging....
It will be necessary to drill a pilot hole first - I find the easiest way of screwing these in is to use a pair of pliers. An alternative would be to drill a whole through the entire width, slip rope through and tie a large knot on the underside. I did give this some consideration but decided that the wet weather would probably make the rope perish quicker.
Whilst persevering using the spade bit - I suddenly remembered that I had bought a set of core cutting bits years ago - but the question was WHERE WERE THEY??????????? An hours or so later I found them in an old tool box way at the back of the shed. Note to self - sort out that shed in spring!!!!!
Idealy, I would have preferred to hang my feeder from a stong branch of a mature tree - but seeing as there is none in my garden, I opted to hang it on the fence directly outside my kitchen window. This would also allow us watch the birds as they feed.
A couple of redundant brackets used for hanging planting baskets were attached to the fence - make sure that what ever you hang your feeder from it is strong enough to take the weight. I attached it through the faceboard and into the arris rail behind with good sized screws. A couple of lengths of chain (left over from another project) was used as a means to hang it from the brackets.
- could just as easy be hung vertically - thought would need to be given to the food falling out. Using lard or peanut butter as a way of solidifying the food could be an option
- could also be used on the ground - no hanging required
- make sure feeder is accessible for refilling
- easy to remove for cleaning
- choose size of log carefully - the larger the log - the heavier it will be
- the nature of the log means that it will rot over time
- not so accessible for cats
- would be useful to hang on the inside of a balcony if you don't have a garden