More 4-H Bird watching fun with our DIY Hummingbird feeders
Team Clover 4-H has spent the last year learning lots of ways to care for wild birds and now that summer is here we have taken on the challenge of caring for summer feathered friends. We made bird baths, bird house and at our last meeting we made Hummingbird feeders.
Think you may want to give it a try? Here is how we made ours
Supplies you will need to make your own are:
Recycled bottles Bed spring or heavy gauge wire 18 Gague Wire for attaching
Pliers Beads Buttons
Hummingbird feeder tube with stopper Hummingbird food
Step 1: We started with a recycled bottle and an old bed spring. Our springs had to be sprung (stretched) a bit to fit each bottle so some adjustments may be required.
For the safety of the Hummingbirds we thoroughly cleaned the inside and then cleaned all the labels and glue off it (Hot water and a Brillo pad worked great for that). The sky is the limit with which bottles you can use but be sure to check with your stopper as to the size of the opening. There are also many fun shapes of bottles to choose from as you will see in our completed photos just keep in mind the larger the bottle the more weight there will be on the stopper and it may leak. We found regular wine bottles and smaller to work the best.
Not everyone has access to bed springs so a heavy gauge wire will work as well but test it before you try as the weight of the liquid will effect the end result. The thinner the wire the more loops you will need to make and too thin of wire will just not work well in a coil method. We choose to decorate our feeders with buttons and beads but you could easily just paint the bottles or both, which every you choose.
|18 Gauge wire.|
Two lengths approximately 24" long
|Close up of stopper. Be sure it fits snugly|
to prevent leaking.
Step 3: Simply fill feeders with Hummingbird food and insert the Hummingbird feeder tube with stopper and just that easy you have one pretty awesome Hummingbird feeder.
|This was a bit of a larger square shaped bottle so the spring did not fit snugly on it but it still worked out very well.|
|Hummingbird perched high atop an electrical wire scanning its territory to keep others from its new feeders.|
Plan blog on sunny days and not in downpours as I have waited 3 hours now and not seen the hummingbird once to get a picture of it at the feeders.....Go figure. lol