Step 5: Upgrades

This bird feeder works great as is, however some modifications can be made to improve it even further as listed below.

a. If you have a deep tray ( which is best for holding lots of bird seed ) you might want to drill out drain holes along the perimeter of the tray such that when it rains water will not pool and collect in the feeder tray. Make the holes small enough such that the bird seed will not go through them.

b. You can easily attach a tube feeder to the top of this bird feeder, I have done it with two. I currently use droll yankee feeders which have mounting points on the base of the tube feeder. If you have something similar to this simply place the tube feeder in the center of the tray, mark the anchor holes with a sharpy and drill through the top base cap. You can then anchor the tube feeder to the top tray, through the baffle cap and into the top support. This is a great way to double your seed capacity, and gives the smaller birds some seed to get to when the blue jays are ravaging what is in the tray.


Good luck with this project, it has worked great for me and I hope it works for you too! It is made from easily accessible parts had at any hardware store.

If you need further help building this feeder, take a look at the accompanying video here:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qdm747cols
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxdxdck4Syo
I also had given up on inviting birds to my yard/deck because of the squirrels. I recently found one of those squirrel proof houses, where the weight of the squirrel, closes the opening. It does work pretty well, but still has to be hung from a shepherds hook. I saw your design and it looks great. I have 1 spot I think, that is far enough from the trees, fence etc, so I plan on trying your design. Thank you for all the effort you put into this and still sharing it with others.
sweet :] ... i was thinking more of a pole with a feeder dish on top (like yours) and a simple metal disk somewhere half way up the pole with diameter big enough so that the squirrel can't reach the edge of it when climbing the pole ... pretty much no way to climb past that unless it's a gecko squirrel :D
thanks for the comment. I have tried making my own baffles from a piece of sheet metal cut into a disk. I cut a triangle out of one area and connected along the seam making a funnel. You can attach something like this to the poll with a split set screw collar ( found at any hardware store ). I'd recommend mounting one on top and bottom to keep the funnel from flopping around when the squirrel jumps on it, or pushes up under it. My main issue was my funnel did not have a large enough diameter to keep the squirrels from inevitably jumping up and onto the edge of it. Even the cone baffles I see for sale don't seem to be wide enough to keep all crafty squirrels out. The nice thing about this feeder is the baffle itself is 6 inches in diameter and 2 feet long, it is too wide for the squirrel to wrap it's arms around and climb up, and should be too tall for them to jump onto the tray - with the disk style if they can jump over the disk you are out of luck.<br><br>anyways, good idea - let me know how it works out if you try and make your version.<br><br>Cheers,<br>Morgan

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