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Making Pinecone Bird Feeders

Pinecones covered in birdseed can be a cheap and natural way to feed your backyard birds. This is a guide about making pinecone bird feeders.
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By 9 found this helpful
March 26, 2011

Keep your birds coming around all year round with this simple easy bird feeder made up in just a few steps. You'll love watching the birds for hours and they'll love you for filling them up and keeping them warm through the cold days of winter.

Approximate Time: 10 minutes each

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Instructions:

  1. Take a length of yarn and tie it snugly around the bottom of the pine cone. (Weave it under several layers of the pine cone and tie off.)

  2. Take a table knife and put a thick layer of peanut butter on the pine cone starting at the end you just tied the yarn to. Work your way to the tip spreading generous amounts of peanut butter and getting it between the cracks in the pine cone.
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  3. Take the pine cone and lay it into a pile of birdseed. Begin rolling it and patting it firmly until it is completely covered with seeds.
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  4. Remove from seed and hang in an area you can see well from your window. Enjoy the beautiful birds you will attract with this simple and easy bird feeder.

By Gem from VA

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By 1 found this helpful
May 7, 2009

For a cheap, easy bird feeder, string strands of fruit flavored cereal loops on tree or bush branches. You can also press peanut butter into crevices of pine cones and coat them with birdseed. This works great, especially if you live in an apartment building like I do, and can't hang large sized bird feeders in trees and bushes.

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Source: Democrat and Chronicle - a local newspaper found years ago.

By gayle from Rochester, NY

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March 5, 20131 found this helpful

What else can be used besides peanut butter?

By Stephanie from NJ

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March 11, 20130 found this helpful

Bird seed, bits of apple, corn syrup, and any nuts you don't need. In the winter, they need fats to keep their bodies warm, so bits of suit you can get from the butcher or grocer will help. You are thoughtful for keeping them fed. Good job.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 2, 2005

A little while back, I saw where someone told how to make large pine cones into bird feeders. It said to roll the pine cones in something?

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and then in bird seed. Can you please tell me exactly how to do this?

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By Darlene in Mississauga (Guest Post)
May 2, 20060 found this helpful

PLEASE DO NOT use peanut butter!! We used to use it for bird feeders when I was a Cub leader and found out that the peanut butter can become stuck on the beaks of birds sometimes plugging up their nostrils and thereby suffocating them.

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By (Guest Post)
May 2, 20060 found this helpful

Some use peanut butter and others, which is more popular, use suet.

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By Aquarius (Guest Post)
May 3, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you for the info........where do I purchase SUET? I have never come across it in the stores.

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May 3, 20060 found this helpful

I have read that you CAN roll the pine cone in peanut butter as long as you mix the peanut butter with lard. The small bird's beaks get stuck together with just plain peanut butter.

I did a search for suet and came up with this:

"Suet is raw beef or mutton fat, especially the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. It is a solid at room temperature, and melts at about 21°C (70°F). It is a saturated fat.

The primary use of suet is to make tallow in a process called rendering, which involves melting and extended simmering, followed by straining, cooling and usually a repetition of the entire process.

Unlike suet, tallow can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration. It is used to make soap, for cooking, as a bird food, and was once used for making candles.

The type sold in supermarkets is dehydrated suet.

Woodpeckers, goldfinches, juncos, cardinals, thrushes, jays, kinglets, bluebirds, wrens, and starlings are all known to favor suet-based bird feeders"

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
May 3, 20060 found this helpful

If you ask the butcher at the grocery store, he/she will either give or charge you a small price for suet. I use the grease left over from cooking hamburger or bacon instead.

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December 8, 20000 found this helpful

Pine cones are plentiful, whether in nature or in craft supply stores. The only other materials you need are suet and birdseed. What could be easier? Give hours of enjoyment to the birdwatcher, and help the birds to make it through the winter. It is an activity that both youngsters and adults can enjoy.

Marianne

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Pine Cone Bird Feeder 01/23/2003
You can roll a pinecone in peanut butter and then roll it in birdseed, cereal or breadcrumbs for our wild little critters.
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