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Want to feed the birds (not only chickadees)?  Enjoy a Java and build yourself a CHICKADEE 9000 coffee cup bird feeder!  

Almost everyone needs coffee these days, and almost every bird needs to eat.  Two great desires are satisfied in this DIY that anyone can build on the cheap.  

:  I usually recommend avoiding disposable coffee cups altogether.   But if you do buy one, here's a way to get some lasting value out of it.

NOTE 2: Black (Oil) Sunflower Seeds are an amazing source of protein for many back-yard birds.

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Step 1: STEP 1 - Drink A Coffee

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This is where the fun begins.  Go to your favourite coffee shop and order some java-juice!

The beauty of STEP 1 is how good it tastes, and how any size cup will work.  Small, Medium, Large & even Extra-Large.  Drink it all up and don't leave any drips around.  Birds don't like coffee... especially the decaffeinated kind.

NOTE:  I have heard that this will also work with cups that have had TEA in them.  I haven't tested this out myself but it is plausible <grin>.

Step 2: STEP 2 - Gather Supplies

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It won't take much to build a CHICKADEE 9000.  Get a few things together (including a few friends with their own cups!).

Let the $1 store be your friend.  In fact, that's where I found almost everything, including the sunflower seeds.   The only thing I had to find elsewhere was the wooden perch.  Regular popsicle sticks are too short, but it just so happens that wooden coffee stir-sticks are perfect!   Some coffee shops have them, some don't, so keep looking.  

HINT: Starbucks and 7-Eleven stores usually have lots.