If my description seems at all confusing, please refer to the pictures. They're all you really need to complete this project.
- 1 ear unshucked corn
- An office stapler
- a paper clip
- a rubber band
- A drill w/bit (optional)
- lard, suet or peanut butter- room temperature
- bird seed
Carefully peel the husks down, keeping them attached to the cob.
One at a time, begin folding the husks in half, stapling them together near the cob. Work around the entire cob until all the husks are folded and stapled in half. Remove the silk.
Use a rubber band to secure the loose husk-ends around the stalk.
Half-open a paper clip and push the pointy end through the top of the ear for the hanger.
For the perches, carefully push a couple of short, sharp pencils into the cob. I also drilled a hole through the cob and pushed a whole pencil through it but this is optional.
Hang the corn out to dry for a day or two. The kernels will shrivel and create crevices for the suet and bird seed. If you live in "Corn Country" (I don't) you'll probably have some diners even before the feeder is finished. ;-)
After the corn has dried a bit, generously smear the suet (lard or peanut butter) onto the cob then pack it with bird seed. Be sure to press the seeds in really well.
Freeze/refrigerate the feeder until the suet is solid.
Scout for a good location then wait for cold weather before hanging your new feeder outside. Melted suet is messy and entirely unappetizing to our feathered friends.
Thanks for stopping by! ;-)