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Pie Pan Oriole Feeders
Dick Swanson made his first oriole feeder about a decade ago for a member of his church who loves birds, and he has been building them ever since.
  The feeder consists of two empty cat food cans, filled with grape jelly, that slip into holes he drills into a 1 by 4 cedar board. A center post, made from part of a chair leg or dowels he picks up at home stores, holds the bright orange cover thats made from a pie pan.
  I like the old pie plates with the wrinkles, says Swanson, who picks up pans and other pieces at auctions and garage sales.
  He says the Allis-Chalmers orange paint he sprays on the pie pans is the best color hes found to attract orioles.
  He secures the pie pan lid with 1-in. dia. washers and a large S-hook for hanging the feeder.
  Its a simple but attractive feeder, that the 80-year-old says he enjoys making and donating to his church and other causes. Each feeder costs $5 to 6 to make, and they sell for about $20 at fundraisers.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dick and Bonnie Swanson, 37146 Hackberry Point Rd., Richville, Minn. 56576 (ph 218 758-2385; bswanson@eot.com).


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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2