Saturday, April 23, 2016

Modifying a Commercial Bird Feeder

Hurry up, I'm hungry!
I bought a seed bird feeder to use up at the cabin. The first bird to come to visit was an overwintering Song Sparrow. In fact, so far she's been the only visitor.

I found a plastic plate at the Dollar Store that was the perfect size to fit under the commercial bird feeder.

I got a little help from Wayne for this part of my project.

I turned the plate upside down so the edge turned upwards, giving birds a more substantial perch while eating their seeds.


Wayne used his battery powered drill (perfect for an off the grid cabin) to extend the drain holes from the metal ring through the plastic plate.

Three of these extended drain holes allowed us to insert screws to hold the two pieces together.

Drain holes were important to keep the seeds from getting waterlogged during rain storms.

He also drilled drain holes to make sure the outer plastic ring wouldn't fill up with water.

The completed modification to a commercial bird feeder.

Our Song Sparrow took a few moments to check out the new look.

Look closely on the bridge support, there our Sparrow taking a look.

When everything looked safe and secure ...


She returned to get lunch. But I noticed, she used the inner metal ring to stand on. Maybe the modification was more for my than her liking. -- Margy

20 comments:

  1. I think these are designed for the smaller birds. Giving a larger perch means that larger birds, like jays, will make it easier for them!
    I love the bare feet! We're at 10 C. today.

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    1. So far only the one bird has arrived. I'm not opposed to larger birds. I remember how much fun it was to see all kinds come to my mom's feeder. - Margy

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  2. Hope the modification works, sometimes takes a while for birds to try something new.

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  3. You are so clever and crafty.

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  4. Hello, that is a great idea. A larger perch and keep the seeds dry. Pretty Song Sparrow. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I've seen seeds sprouting in the tray so I just pick them out and shake dry ones out after a heavy rain. - Margy

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  5. great job I'm looking for a bubbling hummingbird feeder??

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    1. Haven't heard of one. I want to get a no-drop model. Mine empties in less than a day with all the swinging back and forth. - Margy

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  6. I hope more birds will visit and enjoy the seeds from the feeder. You did a great job.

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    1. The Song Sparrow has disappeared. Maybe off to a summer home farther north. Now I'm waiting for some new birds to arrive. - Margy

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  7. Looks like a great bird feeder.

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    1. Now that I know, I would have picked one that was heavier with more space for birds to perch. - Margy

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  8. I had to modefy our bird feeder also. The birds just would kick the feed out and down it would go now with a larger platform they seem to like it better. Maybe your birds will too. I know there must be a zillion birds out your way so just wait until little sparrow goes and lets all the other birds know where the food is.
    MB

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    1. Little sparrow has disappeared since this post. Maybe someone new will be there when we get back home later this week. - Margy

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  9. Thinking of a Hummingbird feeder maybe if you could make it stationary--as fastened to a post or roof or tree. I even saw one at the feed store that you could attach to a window.
    MB

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    1. I tried bracing it against the bridge support board, but it just have a good trail for the black ants to get on the flowers for a drink of their own. I'll be looking for a no drip model to take home this week to try. - Margy

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  10. Such a good idea, I am sure the birds will love it xxx

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    1. Do you use any feeders at the barge? It's coming along. Love your kitchen, especially the sink! - Margy

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