Making Bird Seed Cylinders
Putting out bird seed throughout the year is an excellent way of attracting birds to your garden, especially in the winter as other food is in short supply. Many people buy bird seed feeders but they are quite simple to make. Bird seed cylinders are probably the easiest of all the bird seed feeders to make as they are essentially just a bird seed cake which is hung from the tree. This guide outlines how to make bird seed cylinders. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
How to Make a Bird Seed Feeder
- The first step in making bird seed cylinders is to make the mould for the mixture. Cut a cardboard tube into 12” lengths. Kitchen towel tubes are excellent for this. Seal one end with tin foil and secure it with tape. The mixture is poured into the mould.
- The next step is to make the seed cake that will form the bird seed feeder. Mix two cups of lard or suet in a saucepan and strain it into another. Allow to cool and repeat. Heat the suet up again until it can be stirred and mix in 1 cup of peanut butter, 2 cups of cornmeal, 2 cups of your choice of bird seed and finally, 1 cup of dried fruit. Raisins or sultanas are good for this.
- Once the mix for the bird seed feeder is ready, pour it into the mould you made and allow it to cool in the fridge. Once cool, remove it from the mould.
- The next step is to make the reusable part of the bird seed feeder. You will need two 6x6” square pieces of wood. Using a ¼” drill bit, drill a hole in the centre of each piece of wood.
- Cut some heavy gauge wire to 18” in length. A metal coat hanger is good for this part. To make the bird seed feeder, push the wire though one of the pieces of wood and make a loop at one end of it that means the wire won’t go all the way through. This will form the bottom of the bird seed feeder.
- The next step is to push the wire completely through the centre of the bird seed feeder lengthwise and then thread the wire through the remaining piece of wood. Form a loop with the remaining protruding wire with which you will hang the bird seed feeder with.
- Hang the bird feeder somewhere that the birds have easy access to. A good place is on a pole or in the eaves of a house. Hanging the bird seed cylinder in a tree will probably feed more squirrels than birds.
- You can make several bird seed cylinders at once and keep them in the freezer in plastic bags for when they are required.