Learn how to make a simple bird feed for your yard
Set up a readily accessible suet bird feeder to give your birds a much needed nutritional treat. Suet is made from fat, which provides high concentrations of energy to birds that need it in order to sustain a constant high metabolism.
Suet feeders are easy to maintain, require very little cleaning and are effortlessly refilled. Just follow the easy instructions in this project guide and you can make your own bird feeder in an hour of less.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
• Always wear work gloves when cutting wire. The frayed edges when cut are sharp and can cause injury. Always wear safety glasses as flying pieces of wire may be dangerous.
• Figure out the size of your finished product by multiplying the width and height to get the final total square inches. The finished size of the feeder in this project guide is 4 3/4 inches wide x 5 inches high x 1 3/4 inches in diameter.
• Cut a manageable piece of hardware cloth to work with, keeping in mind the measurements you want your feeder to be.
• The feeder essentially follows the same layout as a regular box.
• Follow the diagram pictured above when measuring and drawing your lines on the hardware cloth, or use it as a starting point if you have a custom size.
Once you have your hardware cloth drawn, use wire cutters to cut it out. Cut along your permanent marker lines as shown. Your final piece should resemble the diagram sketch in Step 2.
• Now it’s time to fold the sides of your hardware cloth into an actual box.
• Use a ruler to provide stability and line it up against the line you want to fold.
• Repeat this process for all the sides.
Note: Your hardware cloth should not have any wire sticking out on the edges when you go to fold. Cut off any pieces like the ones shown to the left with wire cutters.
The last part of assembling your feeder is adhering the edges together. Using your thin wire, thread it in between the two sides as shown.
• Twist the wire as shown to make a loop connecting the two sides of the feeder. Continue winding the wire all the way up the side.
• When you get to the top, trim the wire. Make sure there are no sharp edges protruding by bending the tip of the wire between the two sides of the feeder as best you can.
• Repeat this process for the other sides of the feeder.
• Choose a location to paint your feeder that’s well-ventilated such as a garage or a backyard. Use a piece of cardboard to rest the feeder on while you painting that’s large enough to allow you to easily spray around it on all sides.
• Choose a location to paint your feeder that’s well-ventilated such as a garage or a backyard.
• Use a piece of cardboard to rest the feeder on while you painting that’s large enough to allow you to easily spray around it on all sides.
• Shake the spray paint can vigorously before starting, and then hold it at least 6 inches away from the feeder as you spray in a steady, constant motion.
After your feeder is completely dry, attach any chain to an S hook of your choice to the sides. Make sure that the chain is attached to the middle of them for balance.
Insert your brick of suet into the feeder, hang, and get ready for some bird watching.