What can I use for finch sock?

mdunkin(z10 CA)July 30, 2007

I have a unique birdcage without a bottom (decorative in style, not meant for real birds), that I want to hang in the garden to attract finches. Where do I get a finch sock for cheap? (Ebay wants to much with shipping). Is it something I can buy at a fabric store and make, or what else can I use to store the seeds that is wide enough for them to get to it, but not wide enough to spill out.

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terryr(z5a IL)

Wal-Mart has them with the seed already in it. I was told years ago that the socks harbor diseases, so I tossed all mine out. They get filthy and moldy really fast, so that was another reason.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 6:42PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I agree that you'd do best by getting a bag made especially for this job. They are sturdy and can be refilled over and over again. I wash mine occasionally and give it a soak in some mild bleach water. The filled bag costs just a few dollars at Wal-Mart, etc.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 3:42PM
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lovefornature(5B IL)

I got mine at Wal-Mart also. I have heard some people say that pantyhose works well, but I have never tried it.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 3:11AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

The finch socks are only about $2.15 at our local hardware store. I keep a few on hand and rotate them...When one needs filling, I replace it with a fresh sock, and toss the empty in the washer with a load of jeans. The finches don't mind if it isn't white-white, just clean :)

    Bookmark   August 4, 2007 at 11:24AM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

Yup cheap, and they LOVE them, however Terryr has a good point, they need to be kept clean or they can spread disease, also need to be placed where they will not get wet and mold.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2007 at 9:11PM
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nicolenanette(92019)

i had my mom in law take a laundry bag and cut it up so as to make lots of smaller ones. I think i got it at a thrift store. just throwing my 3 cents in. Not just 2 cents.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 12:00PM
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