Introduction: Coconut Bird Feeder.

Picture of Coconut Bird Feeder.
Winter is a hard time for birds. Feeding them with a mixture of fat and seeds helps them through this period.
Here’s a simple Instructable that will show you how to make a bird feeder based on a coconut in such a way that the fat-seed mixture is always protected from the rain and that larger birds can not feed on it.
It is particulary suitable for: Nuthatch and Great Tit.


You will need
  • 1/2 coconut.
  • A wooden stick (lenght 30 cm, diameter 1 cm)
  • A piece of iron wire or rope.
  • 1/4 l fat and a handful of seeds. Use fat that is solid at room temperature. In this way, when the temperature rises outside, you don’t loose all the fat at once. I have used the  fat (not the meat!) from a dish called Confit_de_canard (duck confit). Briefly the dish is duck, submerged in fat and then canned. It is this fat that I have used.
  • Some glue to glue the stick in place.

How it's made:
Take a 1/2 coconut. Drill a hole through the top of the coconut (the diameter should be equal to the diameter of the stick).
Add some glue to the top of the stick and insert it into the coconut. Let it dry.
Drill a small hole in the top of the stick (to attach the iron / wire).
Melt the fat, add the seeds and pour it into the coconut. Let it solidify. Done!

Comments

Cairnz (author)2015-10-30

This is very clever! Since I've never had duck fat I don't know what I'll use but I'll work on figuring it out. I can think of a bunch of my birds that will love it: chickadees, white-breasted nuthatch, titmouse, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied

woodpecker. I think that the doggone house finches and their pals the English sparrows will not be able to get the seeds and neither will the squirrels. This will make everyone but the cardinals happy.

Jess543 (author)2015-08-10

Great idea!

Ill make it some day

donna.t.ahrens (author)2015-02-15

Is there coconut meat still in the shell, or is it empty?

It is empty!

Thanks. This is a project that I think would be fun for my Sunday School kids to do.

Nice to hear! if you want another easy application for a coconut, try the I'ble made by my 12yr old son Mattie52x11. Just search the site for Coconut Drinking Glass.

Kiteman (author)2011-02-15

You got a nuthatch in your garden?

>jealous<

bertus52x11 (author)Kiteman2011-02-15

Actually, I have at least two.
Are they rare in the UK?

Kiteman (author)bertus52x112011-02-15

No, just very shy.

bertus52x11 (author)Kiteman2011-02-15

I have noticed! It took me quite some effort to take the pictures. Every time it saw the slightest movement, it took off.
I came to a point that I considerd building some kind of automated Arduino type of autotrigger. But I guess I got lucky this afternoon...

Kiteman (author)bertus52x112011-02-15

That's more than lucky - they are genuinely good shots.

bertus52x11 (author)Kiteman2011-02-15

Well, thanks!

Ninzerbean (author)2011-02-15

You are very generous to use left over duck confit for bird food. On second thought doesn't that seem a bit cannibalistic to you?

bertus52x11 (author)Ninzerbean2011-02-15

They seem to like it and it's just the fat (not the meat). Should I clarify this in the I'ble?

Ninzerbean (author)bertus52x112011-02-15

That's OK, I think you have, I always thought duck confit (I've never been so lucky as to have tried it) was duck legs cooked in duck fat. Anyway, lots of birds eat other birds. There is a lot of controversy in the US about feeding birds in the winter or not. You will probably hear some of it.

bertus52x11 (author)Ninzerbean2011-02-15

Controversy is good for the amount of views, isn't it? ;-)
I'll wait and see.

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