There are several oriole species scattered across the United States, like the Baltimore Oriole in the East or the Scott’s Oriole in the West, so there’s a good chance you can attract one of these colorful songbirds to your home with an attractive feeder that you’ve built. We’ve searched the internet to find as many plans as we could find that will teach you how to build an oriole feeder from scratch. We’ve included pictures as well as a short description so you can learn more about the project to see if it’s right for you.
What Do I Feed Orioles?
Orioles generally eat insects, nectar, and berries. They have a sweet tooth, so a good way to attract them is with fruit. They will eat raspberries, blueberries, oranges, strawberries, honey, and more. They will also eat fruit-based jelly, which is easy to provide but contains a lot of sugar.
1. Oriole Feeder Plans Stokes Birding Blog Feeder
The Stokes Birding Blog Feeder is a perfect example of an easy-to-build feeder that effectively attracts orioles. It only requires a few boards and nails to complete. You can finish it in several different ways to make it more weather-resistant. Two posts hold the orange or tangerine in place and will make it easy to refill every day or two.
2. Super Stokes Feeder
The Super Stokes Feeder is similar to our last idea and is almost as easy to build but expands it to make it suitable for feeding several birds at once. This one allows you to hook oranges to posts and lets you dispense seed to the birds. The small roof protects the seed and fruit from snow and rain and provides some shelter for the birds.
3. Orange Oriole Feeder
The Orange Oriole Feeder uses the color orange to attract orioles. It’s a simple design like the previous ones and has wooden posts to hang oranges or tangerines that they can eat. This feeder is also allowed to swing freely, which is closer to their hanging nests.
4. The Frog Lady
The Frog Lady feeder is another similar design that you can finish in several different ways to match your yard. It also has two wooden posts for hanging fruit pieces and room for up to four bowls of seed. You can also place smaller fruit like raspberries and blackberries in the cups you couldn’t put on the posts.
5. Stockade Feeder
The Stockade Feeder is a little more difficult to build, and it’s better for seed than fruit, but it’s extremely attractive and can spruce up any yard. Its bright colors will help attract the orioles, and its large seed belly will allow you to be more hands-off than some of the other designs.
6. Duncraft Feeder
The Duncraft Feeder is an easy-to-build idea that uses suet cake holders to keep your fruit in place. There are two suet holders, so you can use one for fruit and one for seed if you like, and the plastic roof protects without sacrificing durability. Under the roof is another bowl for smaller fruit or seed.
7. Menards Feeder
The Menards Feeder is similar to our last design but eliminates the suet holders for a more streamlined design. It has a larger roof with posts for two large fruit pieces and room for a small bowl of fruit or seed.
8. Wild Bird Feeder
The Wild Bird Feeder is almost identical to the last idea, but it moves the large fruit pieces outside to provide enough room for two bowls of smaller fruit or seed. The orange color of the wood also helps to attract the orioles.
9. Barn In The Sticks Feeder
The Barn In The Sticks Feeder is a unique swinging design that’s more like an oriole nest. Its clear roof has several angles that can be difficult to recreate, but it provides plenty of space for large fruit pieces and two bowls of smaller fruit.
10. Birds Choice Oriole Feeder
You might be able to create the Birds Choice Oriole Feeder out of some old candy dishes, but it might be easier to purchase the kit and assemble it from there. The result is very attractive and provides room for up to four birds to have a small tray of fruit and a large piece of fruit to share.
11. Copper Vine Feeder
If you are handy with copper and have some you can use, you can create this attractive Copper Vine Feeder. It looks great when it’s new and will look even better as it turns green, resembling a real vine. You can make as many posts for hanging large fruit as you want, and there’s also a space for a small bowl of fruit.
12. Orange Feeder
The Orange Feeder is another idea similar to the last one, but instead of a place for a bowl of fruit, it has a space to place a half orange. Instead of hanging large fruit, it has attractive, realistic-looking leaves that will look even better when the copper turns green.
13. Artistic tree Branch Feeder
The Artistic Tree Branch Feeder is not much different from the last few but uses stainless steel or aluminum to create a realistic-looking tree branch to place large pieces of fruit on and hold small bowls of fruit or seed. You can often find something very similar at a local craft store, or you can use a real branch if you can find something similar.
14. Farner Feeder
The Farner Feeder makes creative use out of pole style candle holders and converts them into a place to put small bowls of fruit. The orange-colored roof will help attract the orioles, and you can build it out of an old funnel or lampshade.
15. Easy Oriole Feeder
The Easy Oriole Feeder is one of the easiest feeders to build on this list and only requires an old wire coat hanger. You only need to bend the hanger to hold two large pieces of fruit like orange and hang it from a tree with a piece of rope and wait for the orioles to find it.
16. Premeditated Leftovers Feeder
The Premeditated Leftovers Feeder shows you another way to create a feeder from old wire or a coat hanger. This design allows you to add several slices of fruit to attract more birds potentially.
When trying to attract orioles to your yard, the most important thing is to provide a feeding space that’s high enough off the ground the birds won’t be in danger from cats and other animals while it feeds. Fruit or fruit-based jelly will appeal to the oriole’s sweet tooth, and they will have a hard time resisting a visit to your yard. Bright colors, especially orange, will attract the birds quicker, so you don’t need to wait as long. We recommend starting with the Easy Oriole Feeder or the Premeditated Leftovers Feeder because you probably already have an old hanger in a closet you can use to get your birdfeeder up and running in a few minutes. These feeders will help you see if you have any orioles nearby and if it’s worth trying one of the more complex or expensive projects.
We hope you have enjoyed reading and found some ideas to improve your yard and bring wildlife to your garden. If you think it would be interesting to others, please share this guide with plans that teach you how to build oriole feeders on Facebook and Twitter.
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Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing.
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- 1 What Do I Feed Orioles?
- 1.1 1. Oriole Feeder Plans Stokes Birding Blog Feeder
- 1.2 2. Super Stokes Feeder
- 1.3 3. Orange Oriole Feeder
- 1.4 4. The Frog Lady
- 1.5 5. Stockade Feeder
- 1.6 6. Duncraft Feeder
- 1.7 7. Menards Feeder
- 1.8 8. Wild Bird Feeder
- 1.9 9. Barn In The Sticks Feeder
- 1.10 10. Birds Choice Oriole Feeder
- 1.11 11. Copper Vine Feeder
- 1.12 12. Orange Feeder
- 1.13 13. Artistic tree Branch Feeder
- 1.14 14. Farner Feeder
- 1.15 15. Easy Oriole Feeder
- 1.16 16. Premeditated Leftovers Feeder
- 2 Summary