Summer is here and there will be lots of animals looking for food, water and shelter, especially birds. A bird feeder is a way to make the birds in your neighbourhood feel at home. You can easily make one at home. It’s fun and, most importantly, you’re doing good by contributing to Mother Nature.

But first, let’s talk bird food:

Any animal store or hypermarket should have bird food. If you can’t find any, black sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, soaked sultanas, raisins and currants, mild grated cheese, mealworms, waxworms, mixes for insectivorous birds, good seed mixtures without loose peanuts, RSPB food bars and summer seed mixture are all good foods to provide.

It is perfectly fine to give your birds an occasional piece of bread but be sure that it is not mouldy, as some bread moulds are toxic to birds. Also, do not put out more than the birds will eat, as it will rot quickly.

Homemade bird feeder

There are many ways one can make a bird feeder using plates, cups, popsicle sticks, jars and even bottles. Here are two easy ways you can make one using plastic bottles:

Option 1: The really easy way:

Materials

  • Plastic bottle (eg a plastic soda bottle)
  • Two medium/big-size wooden or plastic spoons
  • Black marker pen
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire (to hang the feeder)
With a marker pen, draw a small circle on one side of the bottle about 4 inches from the bottom. Using a craft knife, cut the circle out and make sure the end of the spoon fits tightly into the hole. Directly opposite this hole, cut a slightly larger hole, making sure the big end of the spoon can rest in the hole.

Repeat this process approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the soda bottle, but use the opposite sides of the bottle so your spoons are at a 90 degree angle to one another.

Fill the bottle with bird food and then make a hanger out of floral wire and secure to the top of the bottle. Screw the top on and hang from your place of choice.

Here’s a tutorial:

Option 2

Materials:

  • Two plastic bottles (1/2 litre water bottles)
  • A knife
  • Tea plate
  • Black marker pen
  • Glue
  • A thin metal rod or thread (to hang the feeder)

Take the first bottle and with a marker pen, draw a rectangle on both sides about 0.5 inches from the bottom of the bottle, about 2 inches in width and length. Cut out the rectangle from each side using the knife. You can heat the knife so it cuts easier/better. Then cut the bottle in the middle. Take the bottom of the bottle and stick its bottom to the tea plate.

Then take the second bottle, semi-cut off the bottom of the bottle to act as a lid. Then at the centre of the bottle, create a hole on parallel sides to place the thin metal or thread into. Once the metal or thread is tightly placed, take the bottle and place it into the first bottle face down with the cap off.

Then two bottles will now function as one. Lift the lid to fill the bottle with bird food then hang from your place of choice.

Here’s a tutorial:

Homemade bird water feeder

Materials:

  • Water bottle
  • Plastic plate
  • Nut fastener
  • Screwdriver
  • Glue
  • Wooden platform
  • A thin metal rod or thread (to hang the feeder)

Begin by removing the the bottle cap and glue it onto the the centre of the plate. With a screwdriver make a hole in the centre of the cap and tightly screw the nut fastener facedown. Flip the plate and generously place glue onto the head of the nut fastener ,then place the wooden platform on top. Using the water bottle, make three holes on the top of the bottle then place the bottle face down onto the bottle cap with the plate and wooden platform. Using a metal rod or thread, tie it tightly like a hanger to the bottom of the bottle. Lastly, remove the bottle, fill it up with water and place it back again onto the cap.

Here’s a tutorial:


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