Getting close to being able to start building & prototyping a sunflower seed feeder for the garden. I have been trying to come up with a design that checks all the boxes, for almost 2 years.
Some of the requirements are:
- hold only a small amount of seed (ideally, exactly a days' worth)
- catch the hulls, dropped seed and any other mess
- be able to be brought inside for the night or in bad weather (these first three points are all meant to prevent attracting rodents)
- should be able to separately and easily remove both the caught mess and the leftover seed from the feeder
- despite holding a small amount of seed, many birds should be able to feed simultaneously
- discourage bigger birds (feral pigeons doves, jays, crows) from eating the seed instead of the smaller ones it is intended for — don't worry, the big birds get fed too daily but they'd still also raid the small bird food
- provide excellent visibility of the birds for humans and domestic felines
- at the same time, don't expose the feeding birds to attacks by predators (feral cats, hawks)
- hang from the fence and not require additional posts to be driven into the ground
I'm now close to having an initial design, then build a first version and then we will see how well it works.