Bird Feeder Pan
Category: Pets, feeders, birds, wildlife, seeds, household, yard, garden
Add on or product modification
Problem: Birds would come to my feeder filled with sunflower seeds which they love, but for every one that they ate, they probably scattered 2 or 3 on the ground, so I said, “Enough!”
Action: I took a large aluminum hors d’oeuvres tray punched 3 holes in it, drilled 3 holes in the bottom of the feeder, equally spaced apart, and then took plastic coat hangers, cut them off so I had a hook in either end, and suspended the tray. Result: It works great!
Unexpected result: It turns out that Cardinals prefer to eat their sunflower seeds off of a flat surface. So now I attract many Cardinals and the seeds are conveniently scattered on the flat surface by the other birds so I don’t have to lift a finger.
Additional Thoughts: People who have struggled to feed the birds understand that squirrels will somehow miraculously find the feeder and as you can see, this is certainly not squirrel proof. However, squirrels do not go near the feeder because my dog is out in the yard.
When idea was conceived: 2006
How much time it took to develop: 1 hour
How much money it took to develop: None
Current status: In use.
Since it was originally done: I have had this tray suspended from the bird feeder for approximately 8 years now. The wind has whipped it around so I put pins through the plastic parts to hold the ones in place, and about a year ago the wind busted the plastic arms, so I replaced them with some line. I also have drilled holes in the hors d’oeuvre plate so water will run out when it rains.