Archive for February, 2014

Make a Simple Suet Feeder

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Since having bears destroy my bird feeders, I’ve been very reluctant to put them out again. But this has been an especially cold winter, and the Juncos were pleading with me……well, in truth they had resorted to eating chicken feed and scratch. And they didn’t look happy about it, either!

We haven’t seen sight of a bear in a couple of years, so I hung a couple of bird feeders and a suet cage off the flower hooks on the deck. The birds were extremely grateful, or at least thankful not to be eating chicken feed.

The woodpeckers were especially fond of the suet, and before too long I needed more suet for the suet cage. Since making my own was much more appealing than actually risking human interaction at a store, I decided to google me up a recipe for homemade suet. I found one in very short order here and, while reading the comments on that post I saw that someone mentioned a log suet feeder they had. That sounded interesting! So I google up some log suet feeders. I found several sites selling them, so I showed Bernie the pictures and asked if he would please make two of them for me.

And do you know what Bernie did? He made two of them for me! Yay! And, because I know you can’t live without having your very own, I’m going to tell you just how he did it so you can make yourself one or two.

He used a couple of small logs from a wild cherry tree that were about 1 foot long, and 3 1/2 inches thick. He used a vise to make sure the log wouldn’t roll around.

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And then he used a 1 inch bit to drill a hole at the center of the log – and he drilled all the way through it to the other side.

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And then my camera battery died. *sigh* So I don’t have any more pictures of him actually working on it, but after he had a hole in the middle, he turned the log in the vise 45 degrees and drilled a hole at the top of the log, and one at the bottom of the log. Then he attached a hook at one end.

Here are the finished logs. They are stuffed with suet, but I think you can see the three holes:

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I suppose you could get fancy and square off the ends nicely, or sand and stain the wood. But I like the rough, unfinished look of these. A lot.

The woodpeckers were a little skeptical at first, but they seem to like them pretty well now!

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