Birdfeeder: the old and the new

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 05-21-2007 08:04 PM 2199 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In our yard we had an old plastic birdfeeder that broken into two pieces (I think it had a “mis-adventure” between the cat and a bird).

I almost threw the pieces out but after seeing the cost of new ones in the stores I decided that I would do a little reduce/reuse/recycle.

We took the perches off which allowed the two sections to come apart completely.

We then made a cedar casing to hold each half of the old feeder. The top flap is on a hinge so that it can be filled. (a vital component).

We then put the plastic perch covers onto large nails and hammered them through the original perch openings and into the cedar back.

Holes drilled into the top allows us to hang it on the hooks.

We now have two new birdfeeders!!

Picture 1: a second plastic version that we have in our yard—I can’t wait for the sections to start coming apart on this one too!!!! :)

Picture 2: one of the two new feeders.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 05-21-2007 08:12 PM

Wow, that’s nice, so attractive. The old one was very attractive too but the new one is even better and I like the hook stand used for it.


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#2 posted 05-21-2007 09:18 PM

Debbie -

I agree with Diane – very attractive. I always enjoy your projects and postings!


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#3 posted 05-21-2007 09:38 PM

The new one looks a wlole lot stronger Debbie!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 05-21-2007 11:26 PM

no birds on it yet, though…. we’ll have to wait and see what morning brings.

thanks for the kind words everyone

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 05-22-2007 12:39 AM

I made a bird feeder that was shaped like a gazebo and the seed holder was a clear soda bottle where I cut slots in the bottom for the seeds to come out. I used plastic pipe at the top and cut the top of the bottle off and the pipe went inside the bottle to allow to refill the contents.

So you don’t have to wait for the old one to collapse you can make do with an all new one.

Looks great Debbie.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 02:11 AM

Very nice Deb…great reuse of the existing feeder. hehe…I don’t think I’d wait for the other one to break on it’s own. I like the new one a lot and you double the number of feeders.

I have to post a picture of the feeder I just made for my Mom. She found some 30 year old plans from a feeder my Dad made all those years ago and asked me if I’d make another….I’ll be seeing her Wednesday, think I’ll get a picture and post it then.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 06:37 AM

Very nice Deb, you sure have come a long way. More confidence, pride, even your projects show more imagination. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 05-22-2007 12:01 PM

thanks everyone :)

Bob, I’m looking foward to seeing the pix

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 05-22-2007 12:45 PM

Nice improvemeny Debbie, I’m sure the birds will like it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 05-22-2007 06:14 PM

Good job, Debbie. I like it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 05-22-2007 08:32 PM

thanks. The birds aren’t too impressed yet, but we usually have to let the regular feeders get empty before they will head to a new one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 06-18-2007 01:36 PM

Very nicely done, Ms Debbie, and a credit for keeping our avian friends fed.

-- Peace, LJ

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#13 posted 06-18-2007 01:38 PM

thanks LJ.
feeding the birds is for very selfish reasons. Rick and I sit outside very morning and every evening and we get to watch them. It is a real pleasure in our day.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 06-18-2007 02:10 PM

Nice job Debbie.
The only comment I would make is that I would stagger the feeding perches as I find the birds will poop on each other when you line em up like that.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#15 posted 06-18-2007 02:13 PM

the perches were already there— from the reused section. But i’ll remember that for next time.
Yesterday I watched a sparrow peck at a goldfinch until the goldfinch flew away. They had a beak-fight!!
The funny thing was that it was on an “upside down feeding perch” that only the goldfinches can eat at.
Those sparrows—gotta watch them!
Never seen one get pooped on before though. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for that one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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