How to Make a FREE Bird Feeder

bird feeder
In an attempt to introduce more native birds to the garden I've made a very simple, very effective bird feeding station. 
I've just used a clean takeaway container for the sugar water, string I already had and a serving plate which was too big for the drawer.
Grand total: $0  Time taken: 5 minutes.  
Here's how: 
  1. Take a plastic serving plate and drill holes in four opposing points.  If you don't have a drill, use a hammer and nails to hammer in the holes.  
  2. Knot string into one hole and allowing for a reasonable length, hook over a branch and thread the string through the opposite side.  Secure with 3 knots.  
  3. Straighten the plate. Now knot another piece of string through one of the remaining holes, hook over the same branch, thread through the last hole and secure with more knots.  
  4. Your bird catcher should look something like this underneath. 
  5. Don't worry if the plate is not completely level - the food and water can even out the weight.   
  6. Place food and water/sugar water on the plate and you're done!  Clean it down every now and then and involve children/grandchildren as they love activities such as this.  

 

What do native birds like? 

  • Fruit - great way to use up floury apples and fruit scraps 
  • Insects 
  • Leaf foliage 
  • Nectar. A great nectar alternative is 1/8 cup of sugar mixed with 1 cup of water. Tuis, bellbirds and kaka love it!  
  • Lots of water in the summer

 

Things to avoid: 

  • Milk
  • Honey -  birds love honey, but so do bees and feeding them honey can spread bee diseases. 
  • Bread and grains - great for sparrows, but they will out-compete native birds such as tuis, bellbirds and silvereyes
  • Cooked rolled oats (raw oats are OK)

 


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