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A Pie Bird, A Pie Baker's Tool

Updated on October 13, 2014
Pie Birds
Pie Birds | Source

Are you looking for a pie bird?

Looking for a pie bird? Wondering what one is? You'll find the answers to those questions and much more on this page which is dedicated to the cutest kitchen collectible...the pie bird!

This page is packed with piebirds in all shapes and sizes. You will find blackbirds and bluebirds; antique birds and new ones; character pie birds like Little Red Riding Hood, Fred and Benny-the-Baker; animal piebirds like elephants, owls, ducks, swans and geese; brand names like Sandhurst, Pfaltzgraff, Shawnee, Josef, Worcester, Stuart Bass and Spode; and black Americana pie birds. Plus you will find more information, links to more information and even a couple of piebird books!

A piebird is a whimsical baking accessory that has a very real, practical function for the baker. Pie bakers everywhere should all own at least one!Whether you are a pie baker or not, you are going to love these pie birds!


Black Pie Bird On A Cornish Pasty Pie

Black Pie Bird On A Cornish Pasty Pie
Black Pie Bird On A Cornish Pasty Pie | Source

Le Creuset Pie Bird

Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Bird Funnel, Marseille
Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Bird Funnel, Marseille

If you would rather have a new pie bird you are bound to like this new one from Le Creuset. Le Creuset has a selection of pie birds available in different colors.

 

What Is A Pie Bird?

Pie birds go by a few names including vent, whistle, funnel or chimney. They are a hollow device often, but not always, in the shape of a bird that is used for venting steam from a baking pie. Measuring from approximately 3 to 5 inches, they feature a hole at the top for steam to escape through. They have become increasingly popular as gifts and collector's items in recent years. They can be quite affordable with new and used ones selling under $10 or they can be quite expensive. A check today shows the highest priced vent selling on eBay in the last 90 days sold for $256.

I have gathered together a few interesting pie birds here on this page. You will find some beautiful pictures of pie birds, which have been used with the permission of the owners, and you will also find some links to more reading about the history and collecting of pie birds. Thank you to the photographers who have shared their pictures on this page, which would not be very interesting without them.


Three Birds In A Pie Pie Bird By Stuart Bass

Three birds in a pie! Stuart Bass pie bird.
Three birds in a pie! Stuart Bass pie bird. | Source

Colorful Winged Dragon Pie Bird By Stuart Bass

Dragon Pie Bird by Stuart Bass.
Dragon Pie Bird by Stuart Bass. | Source

Pie Birds From eBay Seller piebirds4u

A picture is worth a thousand words! I love every single one of the pie birds that eBay seller piebirds4u has listed on eBay and part of the reason is that his pictures are so beautiful!

Piebirds4u really has an amazing flock. You have seen three of them pictured above - the black bird in the introductory photo, the pie bird with three black birds and the dragon. Plus the pie bird illustrated beside this text is from his store.

To see ALL of his pie birds on eBay simply click right here. Whether you simply love pie birds or you are searching for a new one, you will definitely want to see all of his current collection, which is mostly new but does include a few used pieces.

A Pie Bird Hard At Work

Black pie bird baked in a pie!
Black pie bird baked in a pie! | Source

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Pie Plate and Cardinal Pie Bird

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Pie Plate with Cardinal Pie Bird
Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Pie Plate with Cardinal Pie Bird

I think this set is handsome set. It is by Pfaltzgraff in the Winterberry pattern and includes a 9-1/2-inch stoneware pie plate and a red cardinal pie bird. It features an all-over pattern of green holly sprays and red berries. It's safe for use in the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher and it comes with a 5-year warranty against defects. They call it the perfect pie plate because the bottom is not glazed, which apparently helps your pie bake evenly.

A Bit of Interesting Pie Bird Trivia

Disney says it never made a Donald Duck pie bird but there are rumoured sightings of him. I couldn't find one.

Benny the Baker, who was made by Cardinal China Co. in New Jersey, sells for $60 or more when found in great condition!

When you bake a pie with your pie bird you know it is going to come out perfectly! That may be more of a fact than a piece of trivia.

Pillsbury says they never made pie birds but some collectors say they have seen them and look what happens when I search for them on eBay...

Unusual Vintage Scottish Hand Blown Glass Pie Vent or Bird

Scottish Glass Pie Bird
Scottish Glass Pie Bird | Source

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

Do you bake pies? Do you have a pie chimney? Take a moment and say hello...

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your visits, ladies. I agree -- these pie birds are adorable!

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      Lynne Modranski 2 years ago from Ohio

      I have never heard of these before, but I think this might make a good Christmas present for some of my baking friends!

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      BarbaraCasey 2 years ago

      I'd never heard of pie birds before... maybe because I'm a lousy pie crust maker. I can see why they're collectible. They're adorable.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      It's been some time since I've visited these little friends and I've yet to buy one. I suppose if I baked more pies instead of buying them that would help.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @greenspirit: Pie birds become a part of your décor! Thanks for sharing!

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      poppy mercer 3 years ago from London

      I've a pie blackbird and I've had it all my adult life. When it's not in a pie it sits on my kitchen windowsill, and I couldn't imagine my kitchen without it.

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      pauline60 4 years ago

      My mother used to use an upturned egg cup - not quite as pretty as these!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I need to get a pie bird! Think I would like a black one.

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      bettyboop63129 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Dear ConnieI hand paint all my pie birds in detail. Is there a particular type you are looking for?JoAnn

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Love Pie Birds, great collectible.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      James, I agree that you can make a pie without a pie bird but I think it is fun to use one.Beanhead, that sounds like a great show in Branson!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Come to the Pie Bird show in Branson, MO in September. There will be people there from all over the United States. And Pie Birds from England too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh James,,, maybe I don't want cuts in my pie. Really the first ones were called crust supports. I like to use pie birds. If I make a pie with a pie bird no juices boil out and get all gooey. If you cut slits in certain berry pies the juices will ooze out of the slits and get gooey.It is also fun to serve a pie with a figure in the center. There are all kinds of reasons why it is cool to cook with Pie Vents.There is a PIE BIRD show in Branson this year. A whole show on pie birds.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been making pies for over 40 years and frankly I don't know anybody who makes them better or who knows more about pie baking (I'm an American.) I've read about these "pie birds" and the sources all say that the purpose is to vent steam from the filling so that the crust will not break at the edge or elsewhere and let some of the filling escape. I see no purpose in this since all you have to do is cut a few slits in the top crust before baking the pie, and the vents can be cut in a decorative way (I have an old vent cutter that makes a star or snowflake design.) Doesn't that make more sense? I agree that the pie birds are "cute" but I don't see how they can be any more effective than just cutting vents in the top crust.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been a collector for many years. I also create them. I have so much fun trying to find new pie birds for my collection and searching to find new designs to make. I had no idea that there was actually a group of people like me. I am so glad I found this page. I will frequent it regularly. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pie Bird Collector's Gathering in Branson, Mo Sept 21 & 22 - lots of pie birds old and new, artists, vendors, games, prizes... e-mail adrianpottery@gmail.com for more information.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      News to me. My family has baked pies for years. This is a first. Pretty Cooooolll! I will probably get one.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I never really understood the use of pie birds. Now I know! Thank you! Very cute article. :)

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      LeCordonDude 5 years ago

      Pie Bird !! I never heard of a pie bird before!! Even a pie chimney! This is terribly cool and interesting! I just learned something new, and must incorporate this into my pie baking plans! GREAT JOB!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So cute! Super liked. :)By the way, thanks so much for blessing my "Top 10 Things To Know About Piolo Pascual" lens.As a token of appreciation, I have featured this lens on my "Top 10 Nice Things To Know About Sarah Geronimo" lens.Hope you'll like it, too.Thanks and more blessings to you and your family this 2012. :)Amiel Javen

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      georgevtucker 5 years ago

      This is a really fun topic. We have two Pfaltzgraff pie birds in my home.

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      I've never used one, but I think they look great. Perhaps it's time I tried on my next pie.

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      deldobuss 5 years ago

      I love my pie bird! The dragon pie vent was very interesting- great lens!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I have never heard of pie birds or a pie chimney. Very interesting and so many designs. Thanks

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Vaguely remember these things from my childhood. Great lens and featured on cooking utensils ideas and accessories

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! I really learned something from your great lens! I'm not much of a pie baker - only pumpkin pies. I received a pie set with the bird several years ago. I had no idea what the bird was for and I recently threw it away because it just sat in my drawer for years! Wish I had known! I have the Winter Berry Dishes and am going to buy that pie plate and Cardinal to go with my set - now that I know what to do with the bird! Thanks!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Oh now you've gone and done it. This is a must. Love it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Too cute

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Wow! Didn't know there were so many different pie birds. Thanks for sharing this great info.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Awesome showcase...thanks!

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      Anderotin 5 years ago

      New Year's cake should be interesting

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      daedrea lm 5 years ago

      Love this....I honestly did not know what a pie bird was until I came here :)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      What a great collection of pie birds Brenda. I was going to write a lens on this subject but I won't bother now. I'll just put a link to yours on my pie lenses! Blessed

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      You have featured some really beautiful pie birds! I own several and I am crazy about them :) I would love to have that dragon pie bird.

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      Steven Cousley 6 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      I'm imagining pulling a pie out of the oven with the winged dragon in the centre. I wanna do it now. :)

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I had no idea birds love pies... :D

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      these pie birds are brilliant!

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Love your vintage Scottish glass "bird". Now you've got me wondering what happened to my little birdies! Thank you!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      These are absolutely delightful. Have a very merry little Christmas and an absolutely wonderful New Year :)

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Awesome lens! Happily blessed :) Now, if I see a pie bird, I will know what it is!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Lovely lens about this all but forgotten item. You jiggled my memory of seeing them from when I was a child, but haven't seen one in a long time.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Neat device, havent heard of a pie bird before!

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      malloryjane 6 years ago

      I've never heard of a pie bird before, so thanks for teaching me something new today! I think I'll try one next pie I bake..now just to choose one!

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      awwww...they all look so cute with their mouths open...now I want one...hey, thanks for visiting my Squid Lit on Steampunk Jewelry Style...I always appreciate your comments Brenda! :o)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and a nice layout - that must be contributing towards the popularity. Loved the images on this lens.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Come here to learn about your excellent eBay sales. Angel Blessing.

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      Love your collection of pie birds and the beautiful photos. I've cooked many a pie, but always without a chimney. That will have to change. And thanks for the inspiration! Hope lots of people buy pie birds.

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      HMQ 6 years ago

      I've never heard of pie birds before. Very unique and interesting. Also that pie with the blue and red pie bird in the middle looks delicious. I want pie now.

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Revisiting this pie bird lens to give it a blessing!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I certainly never knew there were so many different pie birds. This is a very cute lens.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a darling lens about pie birds! I had no idea they were so collectable! My grandmothers had lots of them, but who knows where they are now.

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      jennysue19 6 years ago

      Love this lens! I have a couple of pie birds that sit on my work top. Did you know that some of the rarest and most prized ones have the name of 30's ceramic designer Clarice Cliffe on them?thanks for the kind words on my recipe lenses btw

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Nice!

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      VivekS 7 years ago

      Great sculpting those pieces, they mean a lot to me. Love the porcelain figures and the whole collection. Good going lens.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I never realized there were so many variations on pie birds. What I usually see is the black one. I'll lensroll this to my Pie Supper lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Sue, I'm not sure what happened to your second message. I did receive it but it did not appear here. Your cabinet sounds lovely.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Hi Brenda, I have a white hanging curio cabinet with 3 shelves & glass front with a door. It's in my kitchen. The blackbirds in the white cabinet look really nice. I bought the curio cabinet from a company called Touch Of Class for $139.00 Thanks for asking.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: That's neat, Sue. How do you display your blackbirds?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I collect black blackbird pie birds, I have heard that if you collect the black blackbirds pie birds you are called a purist. I have 24 blackbirds to go with the nursery rhyme 4 & 20 blackbirds baked in a pie. I have never baked a pie using a pie bird. It might be time for me to try it.

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      Never heard about this before but it's kinda cute!

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      Pmona LM 7 years ago

      I had never heard of a pie bird before, and I'm wondering why. It's purpose and use make complete sense. Live and learn!

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      Angela F 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love when I learn something new from a lens! These pie birds are wonderful. :)

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      I do bake pies, don't have a pie bird, but this lens reminded me of them - probably my grandmother used one because it is a very distant memory...These are so cute. I especially love the 3 blackbirds. ...And thank you very much for the recent blessing of my seashell lens!

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      amy1980 7 years ago

      I inherited a pie bird, and this lens was very helpful to me. Thank you for sharing all this knowledge. I'm going to break it out and use it!

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! I think I might have to have the pie dragon. :) Thank you for the blessing, too. 5*

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I have a blackbird pie bird and I love him - what a clever idea to write about these practical and cute pie baking tools. 5 *, and congrats on the big Purple Star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another unique lens Brenda and congrats on the Purple Star - here's a Blessing to go with it!

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      I've never heard of a pie bird either. There are very cute! Great lens!

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      sammyaddams lm 7 years ago

      I have never heard of pie birds before. Really love the dragon pie bird. Great lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I've always wanted one of these, even though I seldom make pies. Congratulations on the purple star. I'll also add a Squid Angel Blessing.

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never seen such ornate pie funnels before. The only ones I've seen are quite plain, white, glazed pottery ones. The ones you have here are lovely.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Wonderful Lens Brenda and many congratulations on a well deserved Purple Star!

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      I've never heard of these, but how adorable!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      They all make me think to the Spring... Nice idea to start a collection, just to get ready to start the next Spring-Summer period with style!Dom.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Id forgotten all about pie birds- we used to have one when I was a child.Lovely reminder, thank you!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've never heard of a pie vent, actually. Then again, I've never MADE a pie, either. But I know people who do, and this would definitely be a great gift.

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      blujeanmomma 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      jaye3000 7 years ago

      These are so cool! Great lens & learned about something new :) Love it! 5 stars & fav & bookmarked :)

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      KaraLynnRussell 7 years ago

      Brenda,This is fascinating! I've never heard of these before. I might get one for my daughter for Christmas. She's the baker in our family.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      So cool....

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      LindaBee LM 7 years ago

      This is very interesting. I, too, have never heard of a pie bird. I must try it the next time a bake a pie.

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Had never seen these! So cute and clever. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Forgot about this but i remember them when i was a child opps told my age

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      [in reply to Cheryl] You've probably heard about my lemon meringue pie adventures on my lemon cupcake page. I don't seem to have the same difficulty with my chicken pot pie recipe so if you want to give me your pie bird, Cheryl, I'd be happy to make you a pie...you'd just have to drive for 10 hours to have a piece! By the way, is your pie bird a bird and can you send me a digital photo of it?

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      greenstarbuilders 7 years ago

      That is a unique gift- nice job on this lens. Interesting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Pie vents are so cool, and I just happen to have one. Now all I need is someone to bake the pie. Hint!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have never seen this before. I want a pie bird!

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I've never heard of such thing!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Very cool, I never even heard of a pit bird and I've been making pies for years without one...I must get a pie bird!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This i s the first I've heard of pie birds! How fun! Thanks for the introduction. 5*

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Very cool subject! Nice job.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      I never heard of a pie bird! So happy to have learned something new! Great lens, 5stars ~claudia

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is great!!! Thank you for popping in my blog and letting me know you did this post... I love them all!! The bluebird one is adorable!! I want them all... Have a great week!@ Mica Garbarino fro The Child's Paper www.thechildspaper.blogspot.com

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      I hadn't heard of a Pie Bird before your lens, but I think I want one now! lol. Great photos and resources. Thank you!

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      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      I love baking pies, but I've never owned a pie bird. They all look so tempting, I may just have to start a new collection. OH NOZ! See what you've done now? LOL Great lens!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Ah.. yes. My grandmother had one. I think it was black with a yellow beak though my memory is a little fuzzy. Can't actually remember which grandmother either! Very interesting subject.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Wow, great lens! I have never seen these before!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have never used a pie bird, don't own one, but now I think I might just have to start collecting these. They're fabulous! Love this lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I have never owned a pie bird but now I think I must have one! I do bake rhubarb pies and blueberry pies in the spring and summer.