DIY bird feeder: a selection of ideas
In the courtyards and parks you can see bird feeders. If you want to design something special, extraordinary, then we will tell you how to make a bird feeder yourself.
An easy way to give birds food
The feeder can be made from improvised means, for example, take a piece of board, plywood or any flat and durable material that is at hand and place it higher from the ground. This way food will remain available to birds.
This is a temporary measure, as precipitation may occur or the feed will simply blow away in the wind. But such a feeder can save birds from starvation.
We use plastic bottles
From a plastic bottle, you can build both a very simple and a multifunctional dining room for birds. Let us consider in more detail some of the ideas of feeders, and their implementation.
If a hole is cut out on the side of the bottle, then we can say that we have done half the work. Near the neck you need to make 2 holes with an awl, put in the wire and fix the feeder on a tree or shrub branch. If you feed the bottom, after a while you can see how the birds fly there.
So that moisture does not spoil the feed when it gets inside the bottle of sediment, drainage holes should be made in the lower part of the tank.
We complicate the design
From a plastic bottle, you can make a feeder with a "dispensing window." Having picked up a container of suitable size, cut a small hole on one side, and pierce the bottle with scissors on the opposite side. Insert the wooden spoon with the handle forward, so that it fits snugly into the pierced hole. The spoon should be positioned so that the seeds slide into it, as the birds peck the food. The number of spoons involved can be different, but most often there are two.
To hang the bottle, you can pierce the cork with an awl (or nail), thread a nylon thread into it, and tie a knot inside the cork.
How to decorate a gray, unsightly bottle? If desired, you can make a feeder decoration of any garden.
You can make a simple design from a plastic bottle, which will be attached directly to the glass using suction cups. The device of such a feeder is very simple, and for its manufacture you will need only 1 container and 2 suction cups.
A small square or rectangular hole is made with a construction knife. With a soldering iron or a hot-burning nail on one side of the bottle, you need to make 2 holes into which the suction cup heads will fit tightly. In our case, the suction cups were with hooks, so we first removed them, and then they secured them, inserting them into their places, but already inside the bottle.
On the positive side can be attributed the fact that the birds can be observed almost close to them. A significant drawback is that the birds defecate near the feeder, so the glass and tide will have an unsightly appearance.
Video: making a plastic bottle feeder
Glassware can be used to distribute food to birds. The container must be securely fastened down with the neck at a small distance from any platform. Pour the feed into this container and replace it (holding the hole with your finger so that the grains do not spill out). As the feed is consumed, the one in the bottle will enter the site.
Video: glass feeder
Other materials at hand
It will not be difficult to come up with a lot of ways with which you can feed the birds.
Tits are not only fond of grains. You can feed such gourmets by hanging on a branch a piece of unsalted fat, wrapped in rope or wire.
If you buy supermarket-packaged products in supermarkets, you can also use this container by pouring nuts there.
From a small loose feed, you can mold a ball (adding flour and water) and also hang it in a net. In frosty weather, the food can be mixed with vegetable oil. Milk or sour cream for these purposes is not suitable, since the bird organism does not accept such food.
In order to protect the feed from rainfall, it is possible to build a plywood roof.
The pumpkin feeder can be called waste-free production, as the birds first eat the feed, and then the edible “dining room” itself. In the pumpkin, it is enough to cut holes and pull out the core.
You can cut the pumpkin in half, thread a rope with a knot tied at the bottom through both halves. To fix it in a disconnected state, between the halves you need to install spacers from twigs. In extreme cases, you can use pencils as coasters. The upper edge of a rope threaded through a pumpkin is tied to a branch, and the feeder is ready to receive feathered guests.
Video: pumpkin feeder
Spring from the sofa
Such things and objects that usually have nowhere else to apply can be used.
If you still have the spring from the old sofa, then you can also use it by holding pieces of bread between the turns. Such a feeder can be suspended both vertically and horizontally.
Car air filter
For manufacturing, you need to cut off the upper part of the filter, and remove the paper filling (you can use it together with the internal or external mesh if it is not planned to fill the feed between them). Outside the filter, a wire is attached to the upper part of the mesh, which will serve as a loop for hanging the feeder on a tree. Suitable food is poured inside, and the cut-off top of the filter can be used as a cover.
To reduce feed loss, you can glue a plastic bucket lid to the bottom of the feeder with hot melt adhesive. From the same cover you can make a canopy.
If you have an old kettle and throw it a pity, but you can no longer use it for its intended purpose, then you can make a feeder out of it. How to suspend it? Drilling a hole in a faience product is a thankless task, so you can use hot-melt adhesive. If there is a hole in the cap, then you need to stick the ends of the rope into it and make a knot inside. For safety, it is better to tie a small washer. Now the lid can be glued to the teapot, the neck of which will now serve as an entrance for the birds.
Old bread box
Looking into the barn or pantry, you can find things that are "hard to carry, but sorry to leave." These include the old metal bread box. Great imagination is not required for its placement – tied a rope and hung on a branch.
Similarly, an unnecessary plastic container can be used.
Using different boxes
It will also be easy to make a feeder out of the box from juice or wine.
One or two windows are cut out in the box in such a way that there is a small feed bowl below.
When cutting the window, you can take care to protect the food from rain. To do this, a small visor is left, but so that it does not fall and does not close the entrance, it can be fixed with kapron thread in the open position.
To make a large cardboard feeder, you need a big box. With a construction knife or scissors, a window of the desired size is cut out in it. If the box is very large, then a smaller product can be cut out of it and wrapped with tape. It is important to realize that such a feeder will last only until the first rain.
Often, manufacturers sell products in tin boxes, which can also be used to make feeders.
In addition to the bank itself, we will need:
- metal or plastic chain – 2 m (4 pieces of 0.5 m each);
- split ring (used for keys);
- small cotter pin – 8 pcs. (you can do with knitting wire);
- alcohol marker;
- wire cutters or scissors;
Now let’s start manufacturing.
- As accurately as possible, it is necessary to mark 4 points on the bank and transfer the same marks to the lid.
- According to the marks with an awl, you need to make holes so that the cotter pin passes through them.
- We cut the chain into four pieces of 50 cm with wire cutters.
- Passing the cotter pin through the outermost link of the chain, insert it into the hole and push the ends of the jar from the inside of the can.
- Having measured 15 cm of the chain (starting from the can), we will extend the remaining 4 cotter pins into it and fix the lid with them.
- Now in the ears of the free ends of the chain we will extend the split ring.
After hanging the feeder on a branch, look in which direction the box is sloping, and in the bottom (inside) pierce it with an awl – this will be a drainage hole.
From large branches you can collect the original manger. To do the job you will need an ax, a hammer, nails and a little imagination.
Products made of plywood are quite durable, but are afraid of moisture.
A simple version of the feeder consists of just a pallet with sides, two pieces of plywood serving as a roof, and a rope connecting all the parts. To fix the bottom and the roof in the desired position, knots are tied on the rope.
If there is a desire and a jigsaw, then you can construct a more complex feeder using one of the drawings.
When harvesting firewood, there are logs with a rotten core. This piece of the trunk will serve as the basis for us. You need to remove the core. Windows are drilled in the hollow trunk or its longitudinal part is cut out. The ends are closed with selected "plaques", sawn off from other trunks. The feeder from the tree trunk can be found both in horizontal and vertical versions.
From the rails
For manufacturing you will need:
For the manufacture of the roof and bottom, you can use plastic or LDL (which can be found, since this material is sold only in large sheets).
In the manufacture of any design, it is convenient and practical to use drawings in which the dimensions of the parts are indicated. We will also use the drawing in order to cut all the workpieces in size.
They can be lightly treated with an emery cloth.
First, we will collect a narrower part of the future feeding trough, scoring 3 nails on each side.
Then, in a similar way, the entire frame is assembled. If the nails are short, then 5 pieces can be used.
We will install the frame on the prepared bottom and outline it with a pencil on the outside – so we get a marking on which it will be necessary to saw this part, and then nail.
In order to fix the upper rails, we use 4 screws – 1 pc. for each attachment point.
From the remaining slats, we make the upper part of the feeder, fastening the parts with screws. The final stage will be marking, sawing and fixing the roof. The joint of two sheets of roof sheathing can be hidden by nailing a rail-corner on top.
There are some points that need to be considered when manufacturing and determining the installation location of the feeder:
- Cats should not be underestimated, because they can get to the feeder, and then the birds will fly away or become prey of a domestic predator.
- The feeder needs to be done with a large roof, then it will not get much rain.
- Entrance to the feeder should not be small, since fear can be stronger than hunger, and birds may not take advantage of your hospitality.
- The design is best made from a moisture resistant material, then it will last a long time. Other materials must be treated with water repellents.
- If the feeder is too light or has a large windage, then a gust of wind, it can be turned upside down. Even short-term roll-over will result in all feed being on the ground. Lightweight construction needs to be weighted.