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deck mount bird feeder?

budgrrl
December 3rd, 2009, 10:19 AM
i have several different kinds of bird feeders in my yard and have always loved watching them :)
this year, with a new kitten, i would like to set up some sort of deck mounted one that he can bird watch from the patio doors. i cant seem to find one :(
does anyone have such a contraption? if so, is it homemade or store bought? where did you buy it? and pics too please :)

i thought of getting some window mount ones...but i dont want to encourage the lil cheeps to fly into my windows :(

i have thought of making my own - basically a framed screen and mounting that to the deck rails (the screen would let the snow fall through and not collect water)...but i would prefer to buy one as i dont have a tonne of tools.

any ideas??

hazelrunpack
December 3rd, 2009, 10:41 AM
If you have a metal paint roller tray--the kind that is made to slip over the platform of a step ladder--just drill a few holes in the bottom to let water drain, slip it over the deck rail and fill with seed. Works pretty well, although you have to careful to keep it very clean.

We also have had in the past (but not currently) a mesh-bottom platform feeder with brackets on one edge to slip over the deck rail. It was store-bought, but I haven't seen one for years. If anyone ever sees one for sale, please share the info. :D Even a mesh-bottomed platform feeder will not prevent snow buildup, though, so you still have to do a lot of cleaning with either feeder and be very diligent when things thaw to keep the seed dry.

Chris21711
December 3rd, 2009, 12:15 PM
When my neighbour got married, Pepe made him a bird feeder.....he made a swing arm to come out of the deck railing and mounted the feeder on there....I will take a pic for you and post it, not today tho' it is pouring out there :frustrated:

hazelrunpack
December 3rd, 2009, 02:06 PM
Oh, we have birdbaths like that, Chris. They have a swing arm you mount to the deck, and it has a hook on the end. You can hang a birdfeeder from the arm with s-hooks and chains. :thumbs up I think Wild Bird stores carry the swing arms. Then you just need some chain, the s-hooks and a platform feeder!

Melinda
December 3rd, 2009, 02:48 PM
at canadian tire and walmart you can buy deck mounted bird feeder hooks, its like a clamping system (screws to tighten onto deck rail), I think I paid 12 bucks for the daughters

budgrrl
December 4th, 2009, 05:53 AM
i am headed to walmart shortly and will check out what they have for deck mounted hooks and tray feeders :)

Chris21711
December 4th, 2009, 10:30 AM
Oh, we have birdbaths like that, Chris. They have a swing arm you mount to the deck, and it has a hook on the end. You can hang a birdfeeder from the arm with s-hooks and chains. :thumbs up I think Wild Bird stores carry the swing arms. Then you just need some chain, the s-hooks and a platform feeder!

That's cool Hazel, if the neighbour had have known then he wouldn't have had to bother making one at work on the QT :laughing:...and chance getting caught.

budgrrl
December 24th, 2009, 02:23 AM
WOW!
friends of mine knew i was looking for a deck mounted bird feeder, so she and her hubby had one made for me! its amazing!!

(aslan thinks so too!!)

Spatx
December 24th, 2009, 08:45 AM
Wow! Thats awesome! :lovestruck:

hazelrunpack
December 24th, 2009, 11:11 AM
I wanna sit in the chair on the porch! :cloud9:

Now that is a fancy feeder! Very nice, budgrrl. You have a great bunch of friends. :thumbs up

Chris21711
December 26th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Very Cool :thumbs up

cpietra16
December 26th, 2009, 05:32 PM
wow..does your friend do any cat condo's.....hint hint....:D

Jenkinsdjtg
January 1st, 2010, 07:01 AM
heh cool, i have one like that to.