The first thing to take into account, while you consider what bird feeder layout to use, is the location you're going to be hanging, mounting, or placing it. In case you're building a bird feeder for a pet then the likelihood is that you know what size and type it should be for your specific bird. Although it might appear trivial, it will be a good idea to do a bit of of research to understand what birds are native for your area in the event you're thinking about putting the feeder out in your yard. This will will let you decide the size specifications and layout requirements for your feeder.
One of the most commonplace feeder designs is that of the hanging type. You'll position these for your porch or hang them on a tree or post or wherever you want to put it. A few bird feeders feature easy designs and only require scraps of wood that you could already have lying round in your workshop. Other feeders feature more difficult designs that have a more architectural feel to it. A few intricately designed feeders are constructed to resemble clubhouses or gazebos with miniature columns to boot. Another common bird feeder layout is one through which the bird feeder is perched on a tree branch or mounted to a pole. Those require a more robust base to be sure that they stand firm at the spot where they're fastened.
Bird feeder designs are fairly versatile and if you're a more experienced woodworker then you'll be able to make your individual tweaks to the plans wherever you see fit. In the event you're working in this project along with your kid, then you should spend some extra time bonding over the project by painting it and decorating the feeder prior to setting it out for the birds. The feeder might appear to be an easy project to do, however there is nothing more rewarding or enjoyable than sitting down on the porch, with a cup of hot coffee in hand, observing the birds fluttering around and about your feeder.
Wild birds are a wonderful addition to any garden. One of the best ways to attract them is to use a bird feeder and ensure there is a steady supply of nuts, seeds and suet for them to eat throughout the year. Bird feeders are cheap to buy and there are different designs to hold different types of wild bird food.
For peanuts, typically a tubular design made from wire is used. The holes are generally small enough for beaks to get through but too small for a nut to come out without being broken up.
For bird seed, a plastic tube with a small hole at the bottom will hold a plentiful supply and allow easy access for the smaller garden birds.
For suet, a larger diameter tube with a larger holes is ideal for holding 2 or 3 suet balls or cakes at the same time.
Typically feeders are hung from a tree or pole or several can be placed together to form a bird feeding station and attract lots of different bird species.
Care should be taken to place the bird feeders away from predators reach. Cats will prey on any birds feeding close to the ground and squirrels will steal the food and can vandalise the feeder. For this reason, place the bird feeder high enough off the ground and far enough away from the tree trunk, wall or building to stop cats and squirrels from jumping onto the feeder.
It is always a good idea to make sure the birds have water too when feeding them so provide a bird table or similar with a dish of water nearby to the food. Birds need food especially in winter but it is a good idea to keep feeding them throughout the year once you have started.