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We have a huge river bush willow in our garden that we refer to as our bird motel. Every evening as the sun goes down you can hear a cacophony of birds welcoming each other and catching up on the day’s news. I’m sure they’re sharing a beer or two in there somewhere – they can become quite rowdy at times. We love those birds, they’re responsible for eliminating tons of unwanted gogos in our garden and provide hours of entertainment. But spring and summer can be a very stressful time our feathered friends. They’re soooooo very busy making babies, defending their territories and building their nests. All that work takes a lot of energy, and to build up energy they need food. So we built them an enamel bird feeder just to say thank you.
What you need:
Drill three holes spaced equally apart at the edge of each enamel plate. Make sure you wear goggles as enamel tends to chip off in large chunks if you’re not careful.
Cut 3 pieces of wire, you’ll need about a meter for each. Fold the wire in half and thread through each of the holes in one of your plates.
Squish the wire together and add some beads. We used twelve beads on each wire, but you can add more or less depending on how far apart you want the two enamel plates to be.
Give the wire a twist and thread it through the holes of the second plate. Add more beads until you’re happy (we added another 22 to each wire). Twist all three wires together at the top and make a hook. That’s it, your bird feeder is ready to be hung. Add some fruit and veggies in the top plate and seeds in the bottom and wait for your feathered friends to pay a visit.
Put your enamel plate bird feeder in a quiet area where you can enjoy watching all your birdie friends having a feast. The feeder should be close to natural cover, which offers refuge to other birds who are waiting their turn. Try hanging the feeder where the birds can spot danger easily and reduce the risk of cats catching them unawares. (Jazz, Merlin, Joe, Cleo…………. I’m watching you)
Remember to clean your feeders at least every two weeks. Simply wash your enamel plate feeder in soapy water and rinse off in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Dry the feeder thoroughly before refilling to prevent the seeds from going mouldy.
I can’t wait to hear the birds tonight, I hope they tell all their buddies that there’s a new restaurant in town.