The Post Feeder

The Post Feeder

The woodpeckers love the post feeder that we made in the summer.  This was made from a really old, old piece of 4×4 and filled with all season suet.

Holes were drilled all the way through the post, a total of five for this piece of post, and a hook added to the top for hanging.  Then the holes were plugged with the suet.

an old post made into a suet feeder at craftygardener.ca

When I fill the feeders I don’t always put them back on the same feeder pole.

an old post made into a suet feeder at craftygardener.ca

But the birds always manage to find the feeder they like the best.

an old post made into a suet feeder at craftygardener.ca

The chickadees are also a fan of this feeder.  I’ve also seen the nuthatches on it.

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It’s a bit of a messy challenge to fill, having to spoon the suet into the holes from both sides, press hard to make sure the holes are full, and then I pop it in the freezer so all the suet sets before hanging it outside.

an old post made into a suet feeder at craftygardener.ca

I’m on the lookout for a nice round log with some bark on it that can be made into one of these feeders too.  Perhaps one will be found after the winter months when branches tend to fall down.  The bark will make it easier for the birds to grip onto the feeder.  Even though this is a really old post that has been outside for many years I’m a bit worried about the fact it might of been a pressure treated one.  So I’ll consider this one my prototype until I find a better post or log.

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Plugging the Holes

Plugging the Holes

We have added a new log feeder to the garden for this winter.
It’s a piece of birch log with holes drilled in it and then the holes are then filled with my all season suet recipe.  There was a piece of birch branch left over from some logs I have for filling the winter greenery pots.  Holes were drilled in half way for a total of 5 holes around the log and a hole was drilled into the top and a big hook was added.
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The next job was to make some all season suet and plug the holes.  Then the new feeder was added to the feeder pole.

a birch log suet feeder at crafty.gardener.ca

These feeder poles are old umbrella poles.  After many seasons the umbrella material just shredded away but I hate throwing things away and after the old tree fell down one winter we needed something to hang the feeder on.  The base is a metal umbrella stand and the pole has holes drilled and 4 plant brackets added to hang the feeder on.  The feeders are easy to life off for filling and I’m frequently moving the feeders around.

It didn’t take long for the chickadee to start investigating the feeder.

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Then the downy woodpecker hopped over from the peanut feeder to see what else there was to snack on.

a birch log suet feeder at crafty.gardener.ca

The nuthatch was next to come along … and not even upside down!

a birch log suet feeder at crafty.gardener.ca

And then came the junco.

a birch log suet feeder at crafty.gardener.ca

I think this will be a wonderful addition to the various feeders we have in the garden.

You can see a step by step method of making the suet here and get a printable recipe.

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The Coconut Feeder with Suet

The Coconut Feeder with Suet

The coconut feeders are very popular in the garden.  Besides putting regular seed in them I also fill them with the all season suet.  It doesn’t take long for the birds to get the smell of the peanut butter in the suet and they start arriving to get some food.

Here is the recently made coconut feeder with one quarter of the shell cut away.  I used a binder ring to fasten through the top holes that were drilled to get the coconut milk out.  This ring lets me hang it on a hook or on a branch.

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Then I pressed in some of the all season suet.  This is a mixture of melted peanut butter, melted lard, oats, flour, corn meal and sugar.  You can find the recipe on a pervious post.  After filling the feeder I popped it into the fridge to solidify it more quickly.  You can just leave it out and the peanut butter and lard will solidify on their own.

a coconut feeder filled with all season suet at craftygardener.ca

I think the chickadees were the first to investigate the new feeder.  They flit in and out so quick I couldn’t get a really clear photo.

a coconut feeder filled with all season suet at craftygardener.ca

The little downy woodpecker was quick to find the feeder and enjoys pecking at the suet.

a coconut feeder filled with all season suet at craftygardener.ca

The starlings just love this sort of food and I’m frequently banging the window or door so they will leave and not hog it all.

You could also use my bird cake recipe for filling this feeder.  I think I prefer this feeder will with suet or a bird cake as it isn’t easy to tip out.  When it is filled with black oil sunflower seed, safflower seed, or regular bird seed the birds can easily empty out the food.  It also moves easily in the wind and can just be blown empty.  But with the suet it lasts a long time before it is empty.

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A Coconut feeder

A Coconut feeder

A coconut feeder is an inexpensive and quick way to add a feeder to your garden.

We have a couple of coconut feeders in the garden and recently while the grandkids were visiting we made another one.

Start with a fresh coconut that can be purchased at the grocery store.  At one end there are 3 almost holes that need to be drilled first.  Once the holes are made you can pour out the coconut milk.

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The grandkids tried a sip of it but weren’t really impressed with it.

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The next step us to cut away one quarter of the coconut.  The first cut goes half way through the middle of the coconut. Then turn the coconut on its end (holes up) and cut down half way again.  That part of the shell can be pulled away.  Then it’s time to pry out the coconut inside.  This is always nice to nibble on, use in recipes, or even give to the birds to eat.

 a coconut feeder at craftygardener.ca

Wire is poked through the drilled holes to form a loop, fill with seed and hang your feeder outside and enjoy the lens friends that visit.  Here is a little junco sitting almost inside the feeder.

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The male and female grosbeak like to visit the feeder in the summer.  We either fill with black oil sunflower seed or safflower seed.  A small hole drilled in the bottom will help with drainage.

a coconut feeder at craftygardener.ca

Mr and Mrs finch visit the feeder at the same time.  The above photos are of coconut feeders that have been out in the garden for a few years and the shell is now smooth and not hairy like the new feeder.

Here’s the coconut feeder filled with suet.  Have a look at the half coconut feeders.

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Food For the Birds

Food For the Birds

Bird watching is a wonderful past time … especially in the winter months.

Once the large flocks of starlings and blackbirds have left the area I start making some of the all season suet.  The smaller birds like the chickadees, juncos, woodpeckers and even the sparrows love this food.

It is a no cook recipe … just need to melt the peanut butter and lard in the microwave and mix in the dry ingredients.  Then press into containers and pop in the freezer.

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Since making this last year I’ve come up with a less messy way.  I fill small containers instead of rolling it in my hands.

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Some of the containers I used last week were a bit too big to fit into the round coil feeder and I had to cut the block in half.  So this week I used some smaller ones and still had a bit left over.  Sitting right there on the counter was a container from some yogurt I had eaten earlier and it looked to be the perfect size.

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The little sparrows are loving this all season suet, especially now that it has turned colder.

There is a print friendly version of the recipe here if you want to try making it for your feathered lens friends.

Have you seen my other recipe for bird cakes?

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Muffins for the Birds

Muffins for the Birds

There has been lots of activity at the suet feeder lately.  The last time I made the all season suet I used my muffin tins to form the shapes instead of rolling it around in my hands to make small balls.   I also added some black oil sunflower seeds.  They turned out great.  Once the muffin tins were filled I popped them into the freezer for awhile.  When they were frozen into shape they popped out easily to be stored in a zip lock bag.  Delicious bird muffins.

suet muffins for the birds at craftygardener.ca

When the suet basket needs filling, I just take out 3 bird muffins and pop them into the feeder.

suet muffins for the birds at craftygardener.ca

It doesn’t take long for the birds to flit in to this feeder once it is hanging outside.  There are …

suet muffins for the birds at craftygardener.ca

… house sparrows

suet muffins for the birds at craftygardener.ca

… juncos

suet muffins for the birds at craftygardener.ca

… the chickadee and

suet muffins for the birds at craftygardener.ca

… a tree sparrow.

They all seem to like their own bird muffins.

Here is my all season suet and  bird cake recipe.

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