Make Your Own Bird Feeder
Bird Feeders can be an excellent way of attracting a wide range of wild birds to your back garden and a bird feeder doesn’t have to be an expensive wooden creation, you can build your own bird feeder for bird seed for virtually zero cost, the only thing you have to pay for is the bird food. Having bird feeders in your garden also gives you the opportunity to watch them eat and learn about them. To find out how to make your own bird feeders, read on.
Making Bird Feeders Step-by-Step
- The first thing you need to do is to clean and dry a fairly large plastic bottle. A 2L fizzy drinks bottle works particularly well. Generally, when making bird feeders, the width of the bottle is more important than the height.
- The first step to make the bird feeder is to mark three squares with marker pen roughly half way down the bottle. This is where the birds will put their heads in to get at the bird food so it is important to make sure the holes are big enough.
- Cut out the holes on the side of the bird feeder but only cut three sides, leaving the bottom side attached. You can fold these out which gives the birds a place to stand on when they are eating the bird seed. Alternatively, you could simply use some wooden dowel that is long enough to pass through the entire bird feeder and leave a few inches on either side to form a perch. When the time comes, you fill up the bird feeder with bird seed to just under the level of the holes.
- The next step is to make a way of hanging the bird feeder up so it is out of the way of squirrels and cats. One of the easiest ways to hang up these bird feeders is to drill two small holes in the neck of the bottle, across from each other so that you can thread a piece of wire through it.
- The length of the wire used to hang the bird feeder will vary depending on where you choose to hang it. Squirrels will want to eat the bird seed to if you hang the bird feeder from a tree, you will need to make the wire much longer. If you can, it is best to make sure the bird feeder is roughly 6 feet from ground and from anywhere that a cat could harass the birds.
- You may need to replace the bird food regularly if it doesn’t get eaten to prevent it from going mouldy. You can buy bird seed for sale here on Bird Trader. Alternatively, you can Grow Your Own Bird Seed for your bird feeders.
- If you find that you have success with your homemade bird feeder, you can make more bird feeders to fill with bird seed and hag around your garden to turn it into a bird haven.