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Make a natural log feeder

You will need

Log or thick branch of almost any size

Drill, drill bits and auger bits

Ready-made suet-and-seed block, or a mix of suet/fat and seets

Spade

Do it: September - January
At its best: winter
Takes just: half an hour

Overview

This easy-to-make log feeder offers birds a feast of energy-boosting seeds and fat. Over time, the log will rot down, providing a perfect habitat - and a food source - for lots of different insects, many of which would make a tasty snack for birds, too.


How to do it

Natural log feeder

1

Drill lots of holes of various sizes into the log, using a selection of drill bits and auger bits. Work along the full length, on all sides.


Natural log feeder

2

Push the fat and seed mix into all the drill holes. Then find a suitable site for the feeder where visiting birds won't be disturbed.


Natural log feeder

3

Dig a hole, deep enough for support your log. Stand the log upright in the hole, then backfill with soil, firming it down with your foot.




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Michael J 03/10/2013 at 14:08

Great project.
I use a log feeder which is bolted to a permanent post to make it moveable for re-filling.
My recipe is: Chop unsalted peanuts in an old food processor until coarse or fine. Melt branded beef suet slowly in a saucepan without boiling. Add chopped peanuts into the melted suet and stir until completely mixed. Remove from heat at an early stage. Spoon fluid mix into the holes of a horizontal log feeder and allow to solidify. Position, or re-position, log feeder. I use 500ml of nuts with two 200g packets of beef suet. Any surplus may be poured into a small tray, cooled and placed in a net feeder. Stand back and count the species. MJD.

Fairygirl 03/10/2013 at 14:25

It's a great idea Michael. I used to do them with the children when they were little and still do it now using coconut shells or even just plastic pots by putting a piece of plastic coated wire into the container and filling with a similar mix. The wire acts as a hanger and I could put them in amongst trees or shrubs for the little birds to get. Sunflower hearts are good to add too. I've got a small tree I had to cut down recently and I'm going to use a bit of the trunkto do exactly the sort of thing you're doing. If you have some pix it would be great to see them 

CluelessGardener 03/10/2013 at 14:44

will the suet attract RATS ??

CluelessGardener 03/10/2013 at 14:45

if not i may have a go but soak the sunflower hearts in some honey water

james

Michael J 03/10/2013 at 15:13

If you or, importantly, your neighbours see rats at any bird feeding station then stop feeding for a while until they move on - the rats that is, not the neighbours! MJD

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