How to Make a 'Green' Hummingbird Feeder

Do you have a camp or area where hummingbirds are around? Would you like to be generous and set up a cool feeder? This is how to make a hummingbird feeder.

Steps

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    Acquire a 1-liter bottle, with the cap. This will be the food holder.
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    Cut out a bottom of a round basket. This will be the stand for the birds. Make sure it is big enough for birds to stand on.
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    Cut out pieces of thin tubing or straws. Make enough so each straw will be able to touch the cap of the bottle.
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    Super glue the cap of the bottle on to the middle of the basket.
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    Cut holes in the bottle big enough for the straw to get to but not big enough for insects and other things to get inside. You can make as many as you want, preferably 3 or 4
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    Glue the edge of the straws to the basket, so when they are outside of the bottle they make a little U looking shape.
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    Make some bird food. Get sugar and warm water, and stir it together. Then boil to withstand mold.
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    Pour the feed into the top of the bottle and screw on the cap.
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    Hang wherever birds are found!

Tips

  • Change the food regularly. If it is starting to look dirty, make some new food.
  • Paint your feeder in bright colors so the hummingbirds will see it. Also, if possible, get a plastic flower with a small hole in the middle and glue it to the end of the straws.
  • Have fun!

Warnings

  • If the hummingbirds look like they are fighting, don't worry. They usually would want the feeder for themselves, even when 2 or three drinking areas are on it.
  • Squirrels have gotten into feeders before. Beware of them, because they will try to get the food and possibly bite off bits and pieces of your new feeder.

Things You'll Need

  • Small tubing (the thin clear kind)
  • 1-liter bottle (with cap)
  • Bottom of a basket
  • Superglue
  • Bright paint (optional)
  • Plastic flower (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Feeding Birds