HOW TO MAKE A RUSTIC ORIOLE FEEDER FROM AN OLD PIPE FITTING, A TERRA COTTA SAUCER AND RUSTY WIRE! JUNK FEEDERS ARE ART AND THE ORIOLES WILL LOVE FEEDING FROM IT!
Do you have Baltimore Oriole’s in your neck of the woods? Every year right around Mothers Day the humming birds and Oriole return to feed on the sweet nectar of flowers, and fruit. I’ve never had an Oriole feeder but after sitting on the deck watching them try and feed from the humming bird feeder I decided I needed to feed them.
I’ve been so good over the last few years of using what I have, making due, and repurposing. So I started thinking where was I going to get an Oriole feeder. I certainly wasn’t going to go to the store and buy one so I decided to poke around in hubby’s scrap metal heap for some good stuff to make my own feeder.
For those of you who don’t know we own our own business and there seems to always be one of everything in our storage barn or in the scrap pile behind it. While I was mowing I was giving the scrap heap a good looking over and decided once the mowing was done I going in after some stuff.
I found two rusty old fittings, the round thing with the hole in the center and decided they’d make a good base for my feeder; so off to the cabin I went with my treasures. I started poking around through my dishes to see what would fit inside the center cut out. Everything I tried just looked out of place, since all my dishes are white. Then all of a sudden the light bulb came on and I thought why not use a terra cotta saucer.
Well wouldn’t you know it I had one that was just the right size and fit perfectly? I even figured It could be run through the dishwasher from time to time to clean it. All I needed now was a way to hang it. I found a roll of twine but thought to myself it probably wasn’t sturdy enough to support the metal fitting, which is pretty heavy by the way.
I asked hubby if he had any wire and he said yes some stainless steal wire in the basement. What, I don’t want anything shiny give me something rustic. So he scrounged around and found some rusty wire for me to use. Now that’s better and fits the look I’m going for. It only took a few minutes to put it all together and the birds were hot on feeding from it.
I put a fresh orange out for them everyday and did pick up some grape jelly to feed them when I’m not able to get to the store for oranges. It’s so interesting to sit and what them, and boy are they noisy. I had no idea Orioles were so feisty; especially the males and they sure make a racket when they get to chattering. I’m quite happy with my new rustic feeder and I may just make a duplicate to hang from the other side of the porch!
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Sunday May 17: It’s been a downpour all-night and continued the entire day. My empty nester depression is setting in and not being able to go outside and do anything didn’t help matters. I did feed and water the chickens twice but other than that I sat in my chair and cried. I sure pray this doesn’t last long; I’m not sure how long I can take it.
Monday May 18: Another rainy all day downpours and everything in Michigan is flooded. I’m going to need a boat if this keeps up. All the doom and gloom didn’t do much for my attitude. I’m still not handling the empty nest thing well and it’s hard to stay busy when I’m cooped up indoors all day. I did get out and pick up a few things from the grocery store and made burritos for dinner, but other than that I sulked all day 🙂
Tuesday May 19: Another rainy depressing day. I managed to get two load of laundry on the line but just about the time they’d dried another bought of rain came through. I eventually gave up and threw them in the dryer to finish them off. I did take a walk around our property to see how high the pond is from all the rain and I discovered an apple tree in blossom that sprouted up randomly. That was a happy surprise.