Well I know its been a while.. but. here goes my newest project I had an old tray bird feeder
(the kind with the three chains on it) Well it was driving me to distraction, the chains just
seemed to be more of a bother than not. So I decided to change it up a bit. below is my tutorial
on how I fixed the problem and added a cover over the feeder to keep some of the rain out.
firstly, I took the chains and hooks off the old tray feeder and went to the dollar store and got
a pretty plastic bowl for $1.25
First I went to the hardware store.
threaded rod 1/4″, $2.49
6 – 1/4″ washers, $.15 each
6 – 1/4″ nuts $.15 each
and a double hook (found in the hooks isle) $2.49
drill a 1/4″ hole in the middle of the bowl (my suggestion would be to start with a small drill bit for your first hole and then use the larger bit next, this keeps the plastic from splitting)
Take your tray feeder and drill a 1/4″ hole in the center of the tray.
take your threaded rod and put a nut and a washer about 12″ from the bottom of the rod.. This depends on how big a bowl you are putting over the feeder. Just play with it and decide what you like.
slide your bowl up to the washer and nut
then put another washer then nut on the rod and work them up to the inside of the bowl
tighten the nuts with wrenches as hand tightening will not be enough to keep them tight.
Now do the same at the bottom,, put a nut then washer about 3″ up on the rod
Slide the tray onto the bar and then add a washer and nut
Again, tighten the nuts with a wrench so they don’t loosen easily
Take one side of the hook out of the double hook adapter. I like to use just the hook screw end not the closed
eye screw it is easier to hang on a branch or whatever you are going to hang it from.
Now take the top end of your rod, add a nut, then a washer and screw it down about 2 inches
insert it into your double hook adapter as far as it will screw in, then screw the nut on the outside
part up to meet the adapter and use a wrench to tighten it.
Voila!!!!!.. You can play around with the height of the bowl. Actually I have decided to go back to the
dollar store and get a big metal bowl or a bigger mixing bowl. This one seems a bit too small to really
protect the seeds and the birds from the foul weather.