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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


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


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


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


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


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


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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