Alright, I can’t take credit for this darling old farmhouse birdfeeder made from horseshoes and an old icebox. It was given to a friend of ours over 20 years ago, and he gave it to us. It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on it, and this was waaaay before “farmhouse” came into vogue.
The Prized Farmhouse Birdfeeder
This has been hanging on a tree limb in the back yard for over 20 years, and it finally rotted after being exposed to our searingly hot summers, torrential rains, and the occasional snow storm.
Rotted yes, falling apart yes. It even retired from birdfeeder duty because the seed fell out through the cracks. It was that bad. Even before that, once the squirrels discovered it, seed was gone in 15 minutes. Just a mite discouraging when you want to feed the birds.
We couldn’t stand the thought of further retiring this to the trash heap, so hubby took on the task of restoring it, and now the seed doesn’t fall through the cracks, but it’s still open season for squirrels.
Isn’t this the coolest! Maybe you’d like to make you one! Hubby thinks it’s made with zinc-coated metal from an old refrigerator (icebox). Barbed wire, or as we say in the South…”bob wahre”…forms the hanger. The horseshoes aren’t real iron ones. He says they’re aluminum. New old wood has re-fortified it for another 20 years. 4 screws hold down each side of the deliciously rusty roof.
See that thing that looks like hose on the hanger? It is exactly that! My one and only contribution to the farmhouse birdfeeder. Since I originally hung it on a tree limb, I didn’t want the wire growing into the tree…hence the hose.
A Few More Views of the Construction~
So the birds are flocking to it, and I’m sure the squirrels will too eventually. I’m resigning myself.
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A True Birdseed Story~
Talking about birdfeeders today, I have to tell you my true birdseed story.
A few years ago, hubby & I went by “Wild Birds Unlimited” where we usually bought seed. While there, we spied lovely looking suet cakes made with raisins, seed, and other things delicious to birds. They looked so tasty, I was about ready to chow down on one myself!
An impulse buy brought us a special metal feeder and 4 suet cakes. The special feeder was a hook on one end to loop over a tree limb, and a spike long enough to hold all 4 suet cakes. So we thought, “why not?” We’ll just put all 4 on there & be able to enjoy a constant show of birds coming to feast on the suet. HA! WE THOUGHT!
Next morning, we got up and to our horror, and unbelieving eyes, all 4 suet cakes were completely gone! Not even a plastic wrapper left! NOTHING! Only the hanger.
I would like to have witnessed the “show” of seeing the possum…raccoon…squirrel, or whatever…remove those suet cakes one by one, and carry them off into the woods! That’s the show I would like to have seen! Well, the joke’s on us. We never bought another single suet cake.