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Project by Houtje posted 12-18-2010 07:18 AM 1503 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yep, we have a lot of snow.
And many birds who need some help.
So I made this feeder.

Houtje



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Houtje

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hardiness zone 8

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1923 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-18-2010 09:03 AM

What a darling little feeder! The eaves do keep the snow off the place where the birds perch. What kind of birds are you seeing at your feeder these days?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Houtje

28 posts in 1592 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 12-18-2010 09:38 AM

The birds who are coming to the feeder are:
great tit,robin,titmouse,wren.
It’s very nice to look at.
And my chicken are under it picking up the pieces who felt down.

Houtje

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Bon

7374 posts in 2441 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 12-18-2010 04:08 PM

Nice feeder Houtje.With lots of snow I am finding a lot more birds at my feeder too.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Iris43

3808 posts in 2290 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 12-18-2010 04:21 PM

That’s a splendid bird-feeder, Houtje. With the amount of snow piled on the top of it, I can imagine the birds are very grateful for your help. I wish I had the knowledge and tools to build feeders and other simple garden ornaments. The ‘barn’ feeder’ my DD gave to me 20 years ago is hanging on by ‘string and baling wire’.

I would love to see a titmouse at my feeder…...also a robin. But I haven’t seen a robin in this area since the cold moved in. I have heard of others that report robins still but they must have more shelter for them…..it’s just too cold here for them to stay. If you put out some dried fruit like raisins, would your robins eat that as well as the birdseed?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Houtje

28 posts in 1592 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 12-18-2010 06:14 PM

I never tried raisins….
We had christmas lunch with school last friday and there was some raisinbread left over.
I took it with me and gave it to the bird.They like it but don’t know if the robin does.
The great tit also love greaseballs with seeds in it.I made them my self and hang them in the trees.

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MsDebbieP

14683 posts in 2661 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-18-2010 06:56 PM

wonderful feeder and gift to the birds.

(Rick saw a robin the other day – a rare (extremely rare sighting) at this time of year, for us.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

1639 posts in 1878 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 12-19-2010 02:50 PM

Very well built bird feeder. I am motivated to make one with little modifications.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Gooseneck

599 posts in 2293 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 12-28-2010 04:58 AM

nice feeder, well done & extremely well made!

I leave mine out all year-round, I have a squirrel proof sunflower seeder and a suet feeder.

they all love the suet feeder, squirrels and especially woodpeckers.

blue-jays
red cardinals
doves
chic a dee’s
wrens.
sparrows

if you put shelled peanuts on the outside you will also attract blue jays and cardinals.

even pieces of fruit….if it doesn’t freeze to fast.

-- Toronto, Ontario

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-03-2011 10:48 AM

I miss the winter birds already and am curious if they are still fed.

I hope so

I have hung one feeder here, so far no birds at the feeder, every where else there are birds but not at the feeder? In time, they will come.

No snow here either, only up in the mountians but the backyard was 15 degrees C in the sun, the grass is green and little spring flowers are already showing buds

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Gooseneck

599 posts in 2293 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 01-03-2011 03:09 PM

I keep my feeders out year round, when you just put out a new feeder it takes time for them to see it.

I still love seeing my cardinals and jays!

-- Toronto, Ontario

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soobee

204 posts in 1868 days
hardiness zone 3

posted 01-07-2011 02:39 PM

do you put your feeder close to your house? I put mine by the back door – sure is a mess – but can see the birds from the new kitchen window – is there any reason NOT to put it close to one’s house? (bird germs?) hee. Any advice on this? Love your birdfeeder! Lovely job – birds think so too I bet! ;)

-- bee with what is...:) soob

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jroot

5067 posts in 2291 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 01-07-2011 11:53 PM

Nah, it is just the mess that they made can get tracked into the house. That can be swept up though. Place the feeder where you can see the birds and enjoy their beautiful colour.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-22-2011 08:26 AM

right next to the kitchen sink

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-22-2011 08:26 AM

;)

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-22-2011 11:35 AM

oh GreenThumb – I can see that you are going to be tantalizing us with your “tropical” paradise .. “na na-ing” us who are still in real-Canadian-winters :D haha

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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