How to Build a Pigeon Feeder

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When one considers the veritable slew of pigeons who roam the city streets, it's almost unimaginable that they'd have a preference when it comes to which feeder they nibble from. These social birds are perceived by some as a nuisance, but if you're a lover of pigeons and determined to provide a feeding station, a scrap piece of plywood, some common tools, a fair share of patience and an afternoon are all that's required.

The Feeding Station

Step 1

From the scrap plywood, cut two panels 18 inches long and 8 inches wide. These will serve as the back and bottom panels. Cut a third panel 22 inches long and 12 inches wide. This will become the lid. Cut two additional panels, 18 inches long and 2 inches wide. These will become the top and bottom restrainers, which will leave a 4 inch wide entryway extending from one side to the other. From leftover scrap, cut two blocks, 2 inches by 8 inches. These will attach to the roof and will act as stops to keep the roof from sliding around.

Step 2

Sand all pieces with sandpaper. Leave no rough edges that may injure the pigeons.

Step 3

Using the screwdriver, attach the bottom to the back panel. Do not lay the back panel on the bottom, rather bring it flush to the panel and fasten. This will allow the stops to fit snugly. Add the sides, and both front restrainers. Attach the stops to the lid.

Items you will need

  • Scrap 3/4 inch plywood
  • Circular saw
  • Protective glasses
  • Power screwdriver
  • Wood screws, 1 1/2 inches in length
  • Sandpaper

Tips

  • The stops will keep squirrels and other critters from knocking the lid off the feeder.
  • The wider roof panel will allow for an overhang, and will afford the contents of the feeder some protection from the rain.

Warnings

  • Keep tools away from children.
  • Always wear protective gear.
  • Consistent feeding may draw increased flocks of pigeons.

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