3rd Dec 2015
WET WET Coast Bird Feeder
My WET WET Coast Bird Feeder
The wind driven rain that rips up the Strait of Georgia and the Salish Sea in our WET season during November and December soaks the birds feed . The result is the soggy seed soon goes moldy and fungus may be toxic to the birds. This means that one has to throw away the contents of the feeder very frequently and what follows is a not so pleasant messy business cleaning and sterilizing the feeder.
Thus far none of the commercial feeders have provided adequate protection against the elements. So I decided to try a few ideas of my own .
Here is the result mostly in picture form.
My design stars with a decent size tray 19″ square with a 6″ square hole in the middle.
The hopper has sloping sides and has a sloped top on which the roof cover is mounted. Inside the hopper is a mounted a rod to support the mesh sloping floor.
The purpose of this is to provide an opportunity for air to circulate helping to reduce the humidity in the hopper.
Sloped mesh floor – window screen
Many Drain Holes
Plexiglass panels were used for the two feed slot sides siitting on St.St screws to facilitate adjusting the openings.
The roof/cover is relatively huge @ 30″ x 30″ 5 sided – point at the peak and made from twin wall polycarbonate the I had left over from the conservatory roof project. To provide an easy filling water proof access I used a 5″ dia screw top plastic pot with bottom removed and glued in place.
All the wood has been liberally coated with clear epoxy resin for weather proofing.
I have a 5ft tall 6″ x 6″ cedar post on which to mount the feeder which I intend to carve to add a decorative element to our Back-Beach garden 🙂