A peanut butter bird feeder is great for attracting wild birds including woodpeckers and other tree clinging birds.
I was shopping in my favorite wild bird store a few weeks ago and noticed a new bird feeder. It looked very much like two slabs of natural bark with a small slit in the middle. The slit seemed ideal for peanut butter or suet.
Woodpeckers can easily cling to the sides of the feeder and with their long bills and tongues they will have no trouble eating any treats inside. This peanut butter bird feeder design makes it almost pest-proof. Starlings cannot cling to the sides to eat and squirrels have trouble reaching the food inside.
Whenever I see a new birdfeeder, I always think to myself... I can make that. So I decided to try making this one.
The most challenging part of this project is finding the wood. I was able to cut a few pieces from wood in my firewood pile. If you have a sawmill near by, you may be able to purchase a couple of pieces of thin sliced, bark backed wood. These are often used for making mulch, since they have no value as lumber.
The length of the bolts is determined by the thickness of the wood and the size of the spacers you use. If you plan on using suet bird food you may want a larger opening than if you are using peanut butter.
Drill a hole in each corner of the pieces of wood. Hold the pieces of wood together when drilling to be sure that the holes line up.
Slide the bolts through the holes in one piece of wood. Add a spacer to each bolt.
Insert the bolts through the corresponding holes in the other piece of wood. Lightly secure the two pieces of wood using the nuts, but do not tighten.
Insert the wood shim into one end of the peanut butter bird feeder. Then tighten the bolts.
Wrap wire around the bolts at the other end of the peanut butter bird feeder to create a hanger.
Now stuff all of the spaces with peanut butter or suet. Hang your new bird feeder.
This is an upside down view of Fred's (one of our readers) homemade peanut butter bird feeder. The birds love it!
Jan 11, 17 10:20 AM
Woke up yesterday morning to find a group of about a dozen of these large-breasted birds with proportionately small heads and a long tail. Suburban Southern
Dec 31, 16 08:25 PM
I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The
Dec 31, 16 08:23 PM
We have lived in this home for 12 years and have had a pair of Pileateds coming to our feeders every year all winter long. They are here all year round.