Although a diverse garden attracts birds with a variety of berries, seeds, and bugs, supplement the food selection by setting out a barn wood bird feeder and offering birds a varied diet.
Reclaiming barn wood is a great way to recycle and feed your garden visitors at the same time.
Here are some wonderful examples of feeders made from reclaimed barn wood.
Handmade Barn Wood Bird Feeder by Rustic Moments.
Weathered Large Barn Wood Rustic Woodland Garden Birdfeeder by Its Your Country. This vintage hopper feeder features attached suet cages, dramatically increasing the varieties of birds you can attract.
To attract the greatest variety of bird life we must provide suitable food for each of these groups. The insect or meat eaters like suet, while the seed eaters like a variety of seeds. These two types of food, seeds and suet, get best results with feeders designed to handle each kind.
Platform Feeder. This is the simplest feeder you can build. It can be mounted on a wood or metal post. The feeder can be moved about the garden or yard as desired to bring feeding birds closer to a window or to the house.
A twig perch has been added to this this mossy bird feeder which gives the birds a place to rest while feeding and helps keep them from poohing in the feeder and spoiling their food.
Since birds like to flit back and forth from place to place, locate your feeders, if possible, where there are trees which will provide natural protective cover for them. When they are disturbed, they can fly to cover and feel safe.
Barn Wood Bird Feeder Rustic Eco friendly Reclaimed solid oak & reclaimed glass, by 3 Sisters Country Store.
Made with re-purposed barn wood, by Natural State Trading.
Hand Made Rustic Bird Feeder From Reclaimed Wood by Country By The Bumpkins. This feeder is made of reclaimed wood slats from a very old house. It can be nailed to a post, or it can be hung from the eye hook on the top. It has been painted brown and sealed with a non toxic sealer. It has two rusty tin stars glued to each side for decoration. All materials used are safe to any critters that may come into contact with it.
This barn board bird feeder has all the charm of a rustic country inn and will add whimsy to any garden. By Weathered Wood Furnishings.
Hanging Bird Feeder, All Reclaimed Materials by Garden Finds
Made from old discarded weathered 1"x4" fence slats to make this feeder. A 30" brass plated link chain is held in place by two matching 1-1/4" brass knobs with white centers. Two decorative old drawer backplates are affixed to the front and back of the feeder.
The bottom is screened in to hold your seed, stapled and covered with trim pieces cut from the same wood and nailed in place. The screen is recycled from old aluminum window screens. The feeder is glued and nailed into place, wood has been treated with a clear coat to extend outdoor use.
Handmade with wood from an old shed by Rustic Moments. The top half is a functional birdhouse, while the bottom serves as a feeder. They have a similar one hanging on a tree in front of their house and the birds absolutely love it. Food AND shelter. What more could you ask for?
Bird feeders are an essential addition to the garden, especially during the winter, when they provide a valuable supplement to the birds’ natural diet.
Birds are not only fun to watch but are some of the most visible and easily observed of all living creatures, and where better to watch their habits than in your own garden? By providing water and food for birds, you can enjoy their antics and behavior, as well as providing a valuable service for the birds themselves.
Feeding song birds is rapidly becoming a national pastime. It is the simplest way to bring a variety of birds within easy viewing distance. Bird feeding is most effective during the winter months, but some birds will use feeders periodically throughout the year if they are kept supplied with food.
Keep it Clean.
Stale, leftover food can soon go moldy, attracting pests and possible causing disease, so make sure you clear away leftovers every couple of days, and give your bird table and feeders a good clean every few weeks.