It is an enjoyable scene, when you see different birds chirping and hopping around feeding from your bird feeder. Many birdwatching enthusiasts make these feeders to capture beautiful birds on camera. While making one of these is an easy task, maintaining it requires effort.
Depending on the kind of birds you want to attract, you will have to decide the type of seeds you want to use. For the feeder we're going to make, we'll use sunflower and mixed seeds, as they are used commonly and attract many songbirds. Let's proceed with the procedure now.
Making a Peanut Butter Pine Cone Bird Feeder
For the seeds to stick properly to the feeder, using peanut butter is the best option. It is easily available and makes for great bird food.
- Pine Cone
- Plain Peanut Butter
- Sunflower Seeds
- Mixed Seeds
- Wrap the string around the top of the pine cone. Make sure the knot is tight enough and that the cone won't slip. Keep aside.
- Now, mix the two types of seed and spread them evenly in a flat tray. Keep the tray aside.
- Now, using a butter knife, spread the peanut butter onto the cone. Spread it evenly so as to not leave any area on it without seeds.
- If you're making the feeder immediately and don't have peanut butter, you can use honey instead. However, make sure that the honey doesn't get diluted by coming in contact with water as this can prove harmful to hummingbirds.
- Roll the cone in the tray full of seeds. Seeds will start sticking to the cone. Make sure that the entire cone is full of seeds and that no area is left without them.
- Place the now ready pine cone feeder in a plastic bag and then in a refrigerator for one hour.
- After an hour, you can remove your feeder and place it at a location of your choice; tree branches and windows being the most preferred options.
You can make multiple feeders and apply different types of seeds on different cones to attract diverse species of birds.