Posted By Jonathan on January 2, 2014
Winter Bird Feeding
Winter time is the most important time of the year for a bird feeder to be full of seed. The reason for this is that birds don’t have nearly the selection of wild foods during this time as compared to the other seasons! At Sheltering Woods, feeding the birds is a very important and very joyous activity for us. We have several feeders and this year we decided to try something new and exciting – an Orange Peel Bird Feeder!
How to Make an Orange Peel Bird Feeder
First off, to make this cute little feeder, you must purchase an orange at the grocery store and enjoy the insides! Make sure when you pick up an orange that it is fairly large. Also, make sure you only make one equatorial cut around the entire orange. You want two orange peel halves when you are done.
You will also need the following –
1 small package knox gelatin
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of bird seed
2 orange peel halves
twine for hanging the feeder
Dissolve the gelatin in the water in a small pot on the stove. Heat until it simmers and all the gelatin is dissolved (should be clear). Let it cool for a couple minutes. Mix in the bird seed until all the seed is coated. Spoon the bird seed into the orange peel halves and pack it in so it doesn’t fall out. It should behave like a suet block and not move at all.
From here you can put twine though your orange peel bird feeder so you can hang it on a tree or such. Just use a needle or a small knife to make a cut near the edge and pull the twine through! Make sure to place the feeder in a spot where squirrels, deer and raccoons can’t get to it as well.
Here are a few pictures of our 4 orange peel bird feeders that we made.