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Build a bird feeder yourself – step by step instructions

Build a bird feeder yourself – step by step instructions



While we enjoy our food in the warm, birds often starve in winter. So help them and build a bird feeder yourself. Here are our instructions.

If there is chirping in the garden, then that is probably the most beautiful natural sound there is. Birds always ensure that we feel really comfortable outdoors. And you should thank the little animals by offering them food in winter at the latest. Why? Because snow and ice make it almost impossible for birds to find enough food.

Feeding birds – yes or no?

Of course, there are also enough people who are against feeding. The main argument of the opponents of feeding: If we make it easier for the birds to forage in winter, we override the natural selection mechanisms. In addition, winter feeding often only promotes those species that already occur frequently in nature.

You now have to decide for yourself whether you want to make a contribution to animal welfare and preserve biodiversity, or whether you want to let nature take its course. We are personally in favor of feeding the birds in winter. Surely you don’t want to go hungry during the winter, right?

What does the right winter feeding look like?

➥ feed regularly:

First of all, you need to know one thing: once you have started feeding, you should continue to do so throughout the winter and into early spring. This is important because birds quickly get used to a feeding place. So don’t feed just a few times to attract the birds, feed them regularly.

➥ use the right food:

For feeding, use, for example, corn dumplings, sunflower seeds, raisins, oat flakes or even the ready-made feed mixes from the trade. Of course, you can also make birdseed yourself. Leftovers such as bacon, potatoes, etc. are absolutely taboo! In doing so, they harm the little animals instead of you helping them.

You can find out which birds and which food most prefer in this brochure from the German Animal Welfare Association.

➥Properly offering food:

You can hang up tit dumplings and rings almost anywhere, because they consist to a large extent of fat and do not quickly go moldy. It is important, however, that cats or other enemies cannot get to these feeding places.

It looks different with loose bird seed. So that this does not get wet and possibly start to go moldy, it makes sense that you put it in a covered bird feeder. We are not talking about a real bird house in which the little animals can nest, but only about a covered feeding place. You don’t have something like that? No problem! You can build such a bird feeder yourself in next to no time. The following instructions show you how to proceed step by step.

Instructions for building a bird feeder

To give you an exact idea of ​​what our bird feeder should look like later, here is a simplified representation:

What you need for the bird feeder:

➤ 1 wooden plate as a floor (20cm x 20cm x 2cm)

➤ 2 wooden panels for the roof (15cm x 20cm x 1cm)

➤ 4 wooden strips for the edges (20cm x 5cm x 1cm)

➤ 4 wooden strips as roof supports (20cm x 2cm x 2cm)


➤ Hammer

➤ Clear varnish or colored varnish

➤ Brush

Step 1:

First of all, you have to miter the four wooden strips for the lower frame (both ends each), the four support beams for the roof (only one end each) and also the two wooden panels for the roof itself (only one of the two long sides), In other words, saw all strips or wooden panels at a 45-degree angle.

Please note: These elements are not mitred on the sketch!

My buying tip!

It’s easier with a finished kit. We used this kit and assembled it together with our children.

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Step 2:

Once that is done, you can now hold the first strip for the frame on the outside of the base plate and nail it to it. Then take the next strip, place it exactly on the first and nail it back to the base plate. Repeat the same thing with the last two bars.

For more hold, you should also connect the corners where two strips come together with nails.

Step 3:

Since in the first step you have already mitered the four wooden strips that serve as roof supports, you can now attach them directly. To do this, place each individual wooden strip in a corner and nail it to the base plate from below.

Step 4:

Now it is a matter of connecting the two roof panels together. Place the mitered sides together to create a 90-degree angle and connect the two panels with nails.

Step 5:

When the roof is ready, all you have to do is place it on the sloping roof supports, align it and nail it to the roof supports. Your bird feeder is ready!

Step 6:

You can do this step, but you don’t have to. Because then you can cover your bird feeder with clear lacquer or even decorate it beautifully with colored lacquer, just as you like it. There are no limits to your imagination.

Then all you have to do is set up the bird feeder or attach it to a tree and fill it with feed. With a little patience you will soon see the first hungry birds eating in your bird feeder.

While we enjoy our food in the warm, birds often starve in winter. So help them and build a bird feeder yourself. Here are our instructions.



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