How to make a bird feeder with your own hands
Not all birds prefer wintering in warm countries. However, the cold season promises them severe trials. To maintain the temperature necessary for a high pace of bird metabolism, you need to consume even more food than in summer.
Small birdies have to wait for help, moving closer to people’s homes. The best help in the cold is a bird feeder made with good hands. However, the bird feeder will not become superfluous during the nesting period. Funny birds flapping their wings will bring a smile to their appearance, chirping and biting food.
- 1.1 What to consider when making a bird feeder from improvised materials
- 2.1 the manufacture of the feeder from a plastic bottle and culinary fun
- 3.1 Stages of work in the manufacture of a wooden bird feeder
Purchased Bird Feeders
Designers never tire of inventing feeding troughs in a natural and urban style: The usual wooden and straw stands for food are side by side on shelves with transparent and colored glass, plastic and metal houses.
The most common is the traditional modification of the tank with a roof on four legs, open from all sides.
In addition, often bird feeders imitate natural hollows in the trunks of trees, repeating their rounded outlines. It cannot be said that this was the form of feeders beloved by the birds themselves, but it is much less necessary to change soaked or snow-covered food much less.
What to consider when making a bird feeder from improvised materials
Before you make a feeder with your own hands, you need to think through several points in advance:
The roof and a sufficiently high side are needed to protect against rashes. In addition, in winter there are not only snowfalls, but also rains. Wet food is no longer suitable.
Homemade plastic bottle feeders
For example, from a water can You will get a wonderful bird feeder, which is easy to manufacture and does not require special skills in working with tools and preliminary drawings.
How to make a simple plastic feeder? First of all, you need to cook several items:
- net capacity of food plastic up to 5-6 liters in volume;
- a sharp knife or scissors without rounded ends of the blades;
- strong becheva or rather wide tape;
- grain to fill the feeder.
In a vertically located vessel cut wide aperture slightly above the bottom. The hole should leave the bird freedom of maneuver during take-off if it is suddenly disturbed.
In a canister or any other vessel with right angles, it is worth making several entrances – one on each side. The edges should not be sharp, therefore their grind or paste over soft sealant or perimeter fabric frame.
The resulting workpiece is wrapped with tape around the neck. At the bottom of the feeder, you can put a small board or cover it with linoleum. This is done so that gusts of wind do not scatter the precious treats. Loop holder fixed on a strong branch high tree. So birds can be less afraid of the curiosity of predators.
Making a feeder from a plastic bottle and a culinary fun
However, a bird feeder that is simple to manufacture will come out of a plastic bottle without using a cutting tool.
Clean enough one and a half liter bottle with a cap and culinary fun on a thin round handle. Any wooden unpainted bucket with a spatula will do.
In the walls of the vessel through holes are made heated knitting needle or awl. The handle of the oar is inserted into these holes. There can be two such hearts at different levels.
A small feed such as millet, hemp seed, etc. is poured into the plastic bottle to the top. A tightly closed bottle suspended in a suitable place. The design allows a small amount of feed to gradually wake up on the shoulder blade, providing food to the birds.
The disadvantage of this bird feeder is that replenishment of feed is not very convenient. Taking on the manufacture of a “dining room” for birds with their own hands from a plastic bottle, it should be noted that birds sensitive to caustic fumes and odors, so the material for work is selected with caution.
It is best to make a bird feeder with your own hands from a plastic bottle in which there was drinking water.
DIY wood feeder
The wooden feeding trough is rightfully considered the most durable product in the range of home-made devices for feeding birds. Wooden parts are less susceptible to weather vagaries, durable and almost unchanged in appearance over many winters.
However, in order to make such a feeder with your own hands, simple drawing required. Before proceeding to saw out parts of the feeder from a board approximately 2 cm thick, make sure that you have all the necessary materials:
- Bar-racks 4,5 x 2 cm, up to 20 cm long.
- Plywood bottom 25 x 25 cm.
- Pieces of plywood 35 x 22 cm – the future gable roof.
- Fasteners: glue, nails, several screws.
Stages of work in the manufacture of a wooden bird feeder
First of all, the bottom is surrounded by a side, smeared with glue from the ends and reinforced with screws until a neat frame is obtained. Two sides can protrude slightly beyond the edges of the bottom, in order to serve in the future for fastening the stubs.
Only after this the rafters of the feeding house are perpendicularly attached to the racks. An additional fastening with a piece of the bar is placed at the junction, until an equilateral right angle is obtained.
This part of the work is duplicated. To check the correctness of the execution, one must proceed from the following: the bars lying horizontally on a flat surface during the connection should touch it with its wide face. The fixing residue is located on top of it.
Such a feeder is obtained solid and strong, It does not require weighting, but it should be placed on a well-dug pillar or suspended on a wall sheltered from the wind.