Country Lore: Tree Branch Hanging Bird Feeders

Sturdy tree branches can easily be turned into attractive hanging bird feeders.
October/November 2010
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It's not made from a tree branch, but the size of this hanging bird feeder and the holes are similar in concept.


PHOTO: LLOYD FUDGE/FOTOLIA

In the fall, if you are trimming trees or cutting firewood, save some of the 3-to-4-inch-diameter pieces to use as hanging bird feeders.

Cut the branches 12 to 15 inches long, and drill 2 1⁄2-inch-diameter holes an inch deep in each log — three on each side. Pack the holes with a mixture of breadcrumbs, cornmeal, peanut butter, finely ground suet or bacon grease, and sunflower seeds.

Put a screw eye into the top of the log to hang your bird feeder from. The birds will grasp the bark to get to the treats.

If you have a booth at the farmers market, you could market these feeders as an “outdoor entertainment channel.”

Clare Hafferman
Kalispell, Montana