Country Lore: Build a Large Bird Feeder

This reader concluded a large bird feeder that could hold a whole bag of seed was just the thing to keep her feathered visitors fed and cut down on the need for refills.

Large bird feeder

This large bird feeder will hold 50 pounds of sunflower seed.

PHOTO: NANI JACOBSEN

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Winters are long and cold for our feathered friends. I used to have a small bird feeder that had to be refilled every two or three days. But because I usually buy sunflower seeds in 50-pound bags, I decided to build a large bird feeder that would hold 50 pounds of seed!

I usually put most of the seeds into the feeder and spread a couple of pounds on the ground. Now it’s two-and-a-half to three weeks between feeder fill-ups.

I put a wide roof on the feeder to keep the snow out, mounted it on a slick metal pole to discourage cats and raccoons from climbing up to the seed, and used wire screen to hold the seed in, so I can see if it’s getting close to empty.

This sure has made my life easier — and the birds have a steady supply of food.

Nani Jacobsen
Bayard, New Mexico