How to make an Apple Feeder Café
When they are short of food (winter) or busy raising chicks (Spring & Summer) it’s easy to attract these Birds to your Garden by offering juicy fruits like Apples .
They will then appear in your Garden on a regular basis.
Here are some ideas that you can use to build a feed station Café for them. This one will hold 4 Apples (or other fruit), (of course make a smaller or larger version). You can get a lot of the bits you need by another visit to the re-cycle centre. See the photo gallery to help you get it built.You will need:
- 15mm marine plywood 200mm x 400mm (to form a roof)
- a meter of 180mm x 25mm treated timber. (the main body)
- 30mm x 2.5mm Galvanized nails
- Strong water proof glue ( such as no more nails )
- a meter of #8 wire
- Jig saw or hole saw
- Hand or skill saw
- 8mm dowel for use as perches
1. Cut the top of the main board with opposite 45 degree angles to form a gable.
2.cut the ply for the roof at a 45 degree angle at the top.
3. With the hole saw or Jig Saw, cut 4 holes 80mm in diameter and 170mm apart. (You may also like to cut some decorative holes in the top of the gable)
4. Drill 4 x 8mm holes 40mm below each large hole (for the perches)
5. Drill 8mm holes through both sides of the large hole. (The #8 wire skewers go through this)
7. Twist some light wire to make a loop to hang the feeder. Fit this onto the top edge of the board and fit the roof around it and nail in place.
8. Cut the #8 wire into 4 pieces 200mm long and bend at one end. This is what you skewer the fruit and hold it in place with.
9. I have used small branches for the perches. But use 10mm dowel if you have it.
10.Nail and glue every thing together. (Consider pre-drilling the nail holes. ) You may want to put on a coat of stain (to enhance its already good looks.)
11. Wrap another piece of #8 wire over a suitable branch and leave a hook to hang the feeder on and so you can lift it down to re-load it with yummies.
Hang in a tree (where you can watch ) above “Cat jumping height” and Enjoy the action.