Cedar Bird Feeder

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Project by Neil Davis posted 11-04-2012 09:29 PM 1609 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project using leftover cedar from my Pergola. The bird feeder was originally a store bought one that had gotten old and was falling apart. So I took it all apart and copied all the parts and rebuilt it as new, only using the plexiglass windows on each side. I also changed the perch slightly by adding some trim that I had left over from the Pergola.

The birds and chipmunks apparently have scouts out as it only took a few minutes for the word to get out that there was a new restaurant in town. Today there was actually a chipmunk and a male cardinal on it at the same time. I figured they would be too timid to be there at the same together.

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 09:55 PM

Looks good ,almost looks like a lantern,nice work.

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 09:57 PM

I built quite a few bird feeders in my youth. I lost a lot of them to squirrel damage. Some copper flashing around the top couple feet of your post would look great and might help prevent damage from the chipmunks and squirrels.

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 01:20 PM

Nice feeder. You might also install 8” of plastic pipe around the pole a ways up. Yard rodents have trouble getting a grip on the the smooth pipe exterior. If they have room they will try to squeeze between the pole and pipe. If so add more long screws to block them. This of course assumes you want to avoid feeding chipmunks and squirrels. My problem with them is they want to knock all the feed to the ground on the first day.

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