Raw cedar stick. ( I had several young cedar trees I had cut down for making hiking sticks and other things...)
Forster bit ( or a bladed drill bit in a pinch)
Aircraft cable and hardware for making loops ( optional)
Step 1: Prepare Cedar Stick
Cut to length you want, I'd keep it no more that a foot or so...
Remove any branches. You don't want birds that can only sit on a perch to feed on this feeder. Birds that can clutch to the side of a tree. From the web site
"BIRDS THAT ARE ATTRACTED TO SUET
Offering suet in a wire cage or suet log is a low-maintenance bird feeder. You refill only once every week or so, you never need to scrub the feeder, and you can leave it in your yard year round. Presenting suet in your backyard will also attract a greater variety of birds for your enjoyment. Some of the backyard birds that enjoy suet include:
- Woodpeckers - downy, hairy, red-bellied, red-headed, northern flickers, and pileated;
- Chickadees, tits, nuthatches, brown creepers, Carolina wrens, tufted titmouse,"
Keeping the "perches " off the feeder reduces the amount of non local birds from the feeder... or so I've heard.
Step 2: Place Eye Screw in Top
Pretty self explanatory ... tap a starter hole if necessary with drill. Scew it in tight so it gets a good bite.
Step 3: Drill Out Feeder Holes
Use the forstner bit. It cuts a nice clean hole. I drilled at least two on a side . I alternated or staggered the locations so as not to drill through the stick . Drill in enough to hold food but not to go all the way through.
Step 4: Prepare to Hang Feeder
I used thin diameter aircraft cable. Why?
1. Already had it.
2. Adds the "man" made affect!
3. Prevents ( hopefully ) squirrels from clmbing down to the feeder.
If your using aircraft cable, make the loop, using aircraft cable hardware, to the eyelet.
Step 5: Hang Feeder
Since it was my feeder, I waited to complete my hanging cable until I picked the location I wax hanging it. I measured how much cable I needed and then cut it and finished with another loop. I used a cheap aluminum carabeener to secure it.
Gifting the feeder? Cut the cable and make a loop at end, just estimate length.
You can also use rope, string or heavy fishing leaders ( metal ones ) Or whatever you want.
Step 6: Fill Feeder With Suet
Gets messy but load up the feeder holes with suet! I made mine so I could take it down and refill if I wanted to . That's why I used the carabeener.
Step 7: Enjoy the Birds
The birds have slowly begun eating from mine. ( this photo taken while my dog was busy scaring away the evil birds!)
Thanks for reading! Have fun!