Looking at the bird-feeding equipment on sale at our local Garden Centre the other day, I was struck by how much of an industry this has become. Judging by the amount of stuff on offer, this must be a big market sector by now. And a big revenue-generator too, if the prices of these things are anything to go by! I decided I would have a go at making a bird-feeder myself, out of "odds and ends"...
This is it:-
It is basically a used plastic water-bottle through which I have made a series of holes, using an electric drill.
Through the bottom pair of holes I threaded a metal rod from my "Spares Box", to serve as a perch. This could equally have been made with a length of wooden dowel, a pencil, or even just a straight twig.
Towards the top of the bottle I made another pair of holes and threaded through them a length of nylon string to act as a hanging-loop. The string is secured with large knots, inside the bottle:
About the height of a small bird (!) above the perch I cut two holes about an inch in diameter, to act as the feeding apertures. This was the trickiest bit of all, because the plastic was hard to cut without cracking. I made a small hole first, with the drill, and then used scissors to cut a bigger hole. I think this part would be easier if the bottle were thicker. The flimsy "crackly" type of plastic in the bottle I chose was very hard to work with.
Still, I ended up with a reasonably serviceable bird-feeder for next-to-nothing. I learnt a bit about technique too, and if I do a Mark 2 version it will be better! For instance - those seeds at the bottom of the bottle are inaccessible, so maybe I should think of a way of blocking off the part below the perch; or maybe I should just fill the lower bit with ballast?