2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pie Pan Oriole Feeders
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 that’s 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 he’s found to attract orioles.
He secures the pie pan lid with 1-in. dia. washers and a large S-hook for hanging the feeder.
It’s 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; email@example.com).
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