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    How to Make Basic Bird Feeders

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    It is quite easy to make bird feeders for your own back garden and your own garden bird feeder can be an excellent way of attracting and watching birds. Some bird feeders, such as a squirrel proof bird feeder can be expensive to buy but you don’t have to spend lots of money on bird feeders to make them work. Read on to find out how to make your own garden bird feeder. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

     

    Make a Garden Bird Feeder

     

    • To start making your garden bird feeder, you need to get hold of a large, 8-pint milk bottle that is clean (a 2L drinks bottle would also work). Some bird feeders sit on top of a bird feeder pole but this one will hang from a tree or a hook in a wall.

     

    • To make bird feeders using this method you need to lay the milk bottle on its side and cut two large holes in the adjacent sides (i.e. the large side and the side opposite the handle). Aim to make the holes in the garden bird feeder roughly 4-5” in diameter (this may not be possible in the narrower side). They need to high enough up the milk carton to make sure that your bird feeders don’t spill all of the bird seed.

     

    • If you decide you would like to use a bird feeder pole, insert this through the bottom and make sure that the hole is sealed up properly before putting bird seed in the garden bird feeder. Using a bird feeder pole largely makes it a squirrel proof bird feeder but another method also works to keep squirrels off bird feeders.

     

    • To make the perches for bird feeders, you need a piece of wooden dowel. 10mm should be the maximum diameter for use in a garden bird feeder but try to aim for slightly less if possible. The dowel used in your bird feeders needs to be long enough to stick out roughly 2 inches from each side. Use a nail to make a small hole below the large holes and thread the dowel diagonally through the garden bird feeder, across the corner of the milk bottle.

     

    • Bird feeders that have the right perches will attract the largest variety of birds and this method ensures they have a good footing while using the garden bird feeder.

     

    • If you have decided not to use a bird feeder pole for your garden bird feeder, you will need to suspend it from somewhere. Keep the cap on the milk bottle and use a small nail to make a whole in either side of the neck of the garden bird feeder. Using a strong piece of wire, thread it through the holes and twist it above the cap tightly. This is how the bird feeders are suspended, for your garden bird feeder; a length of wire roughly 2 feet long is good.

     

    • It is now time to fill the garden bird feeder with bird seed and enjoy the birds that come to your garden. Bird feeders filled with black oil sunflower seeds generally attract the biggest variety of birds. If you can hang your bird feeder on the face of a large, smooth wall then it should help to make it a squirrel proof bird feeder. If you have to hang your garden bird feeder from a tree, then placing a large, clear plastic dome over it will help to make it a squirrel proof bird feeder.

     

    • Clean out bird feeders every time you change the seed or when it gets wet, also make sure bird feeders are positioned away from cats.
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