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DIY - Bottle Bird Feeder

Materials:
Emptied and cleaned bottled water or juice bottle
String
Two short twigs
Scissors or Exacto knife (at the least, with parent supervision).

Directions:
1. Peel off wrapper if desired.
2. Cut four seed holes around bottom of bottle. For this feeder, the birds will hang upside down from their perches to reach the seeds-amazing to watch! Make sure to cut the holes small enough that seed will not pour out; determine hole size by what kind of birds and thus what seed you will use.
3. Cut four larger holes about 2" to 3" directly above the seed holes. Slide the twigs through these for perches.
4. Fill will seed and hang up using any method you wish. So that your feeder will hang straight, we suggest punching a hole in the cap, tying a knot in some string, and threading the unknotted end through to be tied to a branch.
5. Set out and enjoy!

This craft can be done on a larger scale with more perches with, for example, a 2-liter pop bottle.

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Different type of bird feeders

Bird feeders come in all different shapes, materials & sizes all with the same goal of attracting the widest variety of birds as possible to your garden to feed.
What you put in the feeder is the key factor to attracting the birds into your garden. So whether its a seed, peanut or suet feeder its important to try a variety of foods in the feeders to find out which birds like what food. The important factor is ensuring what ever feeder you use that the food can flow easily from it.
Keeping the feeder clean will help ensure any trapped food is removed allowing it to flow freely and at the same time reduce the risk of any bacteria.

Seed feeders are one of the most popular type of feeders probably because of the wide variety of foods you can get to fill them, and the more feeders you site with a variety of different seeds the wider species of birds you are likely to attract.

Seed feeders come in a variety of designs from tubular feeding stations to hopper type feeders with a trough at the base for the birds to eat from. They all come in many different designs to not only appeal to the birds but also to the bird watchers.

Seed feeders are designed to dispense various types of different seed like wild bird seed blended mixes, sunflowers - black, striped or hearts. Some seed requires a specially designed feeders like Niger/thistle seed feeders. Niger/thistle seed is very light and small and without using a specific feeder the seed can blow away and fall through the holes of standard seed feeders. 

Tubular style seed feeders come with a various number of feeding ports where birds can hang or perch to feed. The more ports you have the more birds that can feed at anyone time, and quiet often the more confident the birds feel feeding as there is safety in numbers. Ensure feeders with more than 2 ports are tall enough to enable birds of all sizes to perch or hang utilising all ports at once.

Hopper style feeders - the lantern feeder is an example of a hopper feeder. The seed is dispensed through positioned gaps in base of the casing, and with these type of feeders the seed falls into a small trough round the base of the feeder and the birds perch and hang onto the perches to feed on the seed.

Feeders can be hung from a bird table, post, wall, fence or suitable branch of a tree using a bracket, hook, rope or other secure suitable anchor point. Its important that the fixing is secure at all times as when the feeders are full of food and the birds are feeding the weight and movement can result in them becoming insecure.

It is also important to ensure you place feeders in a suitable location, away from areas that cats can easily reach without being seen.

Peanut feeders are another popular type of feeder. They too come in various shapes, sizes & materials and are essential for dispensing peanuts to the birds in your garden. Its important that peanuts are fed from a specific feeder in order that birds cant get at the peanuts whole as this can cause choking especially amongst fledgling in the spring.

Peanut feeders are usually a cylindrical tube covered in a steel mesh which birds hang from while they peck away at the nuts inside. Having to peck away at the nuts through the mesh not only ensure the birds cant eat the nuts whole but also ensures they hang around in your garden longer to feed. Bringing hours of entertainment to those who love watching the birds.

Peanuts attract a wide variety of birds - Blue tits, Great tits, Woodpeckers, Greenfinches, nuthatch are just a few of the regular visitors that will enjoy feeding on peanuts in your garden.

Another visitor that loves to feed at the peanut feeder will be the squirrel. So if you have problems with the squirrels that visit your garden then use a squirrel proof feeder to deter their unwanted attention. 
Tubular and hopper feeders made of plastic are an easy target for squirrels as they gnaw through the plastic fitments to get to the food. Buying feeders made of metal or ceramic fitments helps keep squirrels at bay as they are harder to penetrate while hanging upside down from a fence, tree or bird table. While they are more expensive to buy initially they are well worth it as they are more likely to survive the attention of the squirrels - although determined squirrels may still find a way. 

As Squirrels are very partial to seeds and nuts, while it can be very entertaining watching them become acrobat's as they strip and destroy the feeders to reduce this destruction you can buy specially designed feeder that restrict squirrels.

Squirrel proof feeders - are very attractive feeders that have the tubular feeder encased by a metal plastic coated cage, which stops squirrels being able to get at the feeder and the food inside. These feeders are designed to allow the smaller birds into the cage through the wire gaps to feed in peace out of the reach of the larger birds and the squirrels that compete for their food. 

Squirrel proof feeders are available for dispensing seed or nuts and even ones that can dispense both within the same feeder. 

Even if you don't get a problem from squirrels in your garden using one of these feeders keeps a feeder in your garden that only the smaller birds can feed from encouraging a wider variety of smaller birds into your garden to feed.

Suet feeders are plastic coated wire holders designed to hold fat balls or suet blocks efficiently while birds feed. 

The suet block holders are designed for holding suet blocks but are also idea for placing toast or bread and scrap in.
Fat ball feeders are designed to hold fat balls. The plastic netting that fat balls come wrapped in ideally should be removed and the fat ball placed in a suitable feeder to reduce the risk of the birds becoming trapped in the fine netting or choking on the plastic netting as they peck at the suet.

Suet feeders due to the nature of the food that goes in them require regular cleaning to avoid any remains of the food going rancid. They should be cleaned everytime before being replenished.Wash in hot soapy water first rinse well and then clean with a cleaner disinfectant like bug gard.

Suet is high in fat which is a good source of nourishment and attracts many different birds in particular nuthatches, woodpeckers, Tits and Starlings. Starling can ly devour your suet treat in no time at all and to ensure others birds get the chance to feed from them you might want to place the suet in an area of the garden that the larger birds like starling find more difficult to feed from or place the suet feeder inside a metal cage to restrict access to the larger birds & squirrels.

Feeding tray are an alternative way of feeding birds their food while keeping it off the ground. Feeding trays are raised off the ground, usually made of a wood or metal frame with a fine wire mesh base.

The advantage of a feeding tray is food thats not suitable for feeding from a feeder - for example ground food, suet pellets, dried mealworms etc can be fed easily from a tray allowing you pick up any uneaten food at night to reduce the unwanted attention of vermin that may visit during the night attracted by the left overs.

The other advantage is when it rains the rain can soaks through the mesh allowing the food to dry out quickly and also reducing the mess on your lawn or patio.

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16 Creative Bird Feeder Designs

 1. Song Bird Feeder 

This Song Bird Feeder has a sleek, modern look, but with a functional design. The food is stored and protected in the upper portion, and it travels down two channels into the bottom of the feeder. This upper portion is also a good shelter for the birds as they are feeding.

The bottom portion of the Song Bird Feeder is a great perch for birds, and the food is dispersed onto the bottom, so several birds can feed at the same time. The Song Bird Feeder can be hung from a branch or other hanging spot, and it can also be posted into the ground. The beautiful natural green color is a nice finishing touch to this modern bird feeder.

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2. Double sided Bird Feeder

Sofie Collin designed a simple, unique, double-sided bird feeder that utilizes a hanging sack of bird seed. It has several different places for birds to perch within reach of the hanging sack. One side of the feeder is veneer while the other side is green.

The veneer side is where the sack of seeds hangs, and the perches are located at various places around the sack for easy access. This set-up is great for hanging right outside your window, where you can observe the birds’ activities without disturbing them. Birds are sure to be attracted to this simple, double-sided bird feeder.

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3. Human Ash Bird Feeder
A solemn reminder of the circle of life, the human ash bird feeder may shock some, but may also bring some semblance of comfort to others. Everyone deals with death differently, and this is a simple way for some to find closure. The human ash bird feeder was created by Nadine Jarvis.

The entire structure is made of human ashes, bird food, and beeswax. As the birds peck the food the bird feeder disintegrates. The only thing remaining is a wooden perch that was previously inscribed with memorial details about the person whose ashes were used to create the feed. Although death is always a sensitive topic, Nadine Jarvis may have helped some families find a way to honor their loved one.

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4. Bread Stand/Bird Feeder

Here is a cute bird feeder/bread stand designed by Reddish Studio based in Israel. The bright red feeder is attached to a stand which allows little birdies to share a feast together. The sleek, simple design of the bird feeder is really a traditional look with its house shape and perch, and it also offers shelter for the birds from the elements.

The bread stand is a creative addition that all birds and bird lovers are sure to enjoy; you can even save your leftovers to place on the bread stand. Just make sure there is plenty of bread to go around!

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Why Bird Feeders?

 Why should I want to feed wild birds? People often asked,most of them believe that birds can find food on their own, without help from mankind,and they will do just fine.
And that thought above may be partially true, pls let me ask,have you saw the birds often,do you realize the increasingly difficult environmental conditions have aready damagingly influenced birds to survive?

Here are some reasons why it is good to feed wild birds:
It's a great hobby. Bird feeding is an easy hobby to begin, doesn't require a great deal of expertise, and is quite affordable as well. Whether you just use a single feeder or create an entire feeder system, you will find that this hobby is a great way to enjoy your wild bird friends!
It's entertaining. Once you begin watching birds at your bird feeders, you will notice all the interesting things they do in their pursuit of a good meal. You will see little baby birds, flapping their wings and making their unique "feed me" sounds to their parents. You will receive many hours of entertainment and enjoyment, watching your wild birds in the backyard habitat you created just for them!
It's relaxing. Imagine a beautiful summer afternoon. You are sitting in your kitchen or on your deck and can hear all the soothing and relaxing sounds of wild birds at your feeders. This is the environment you can create, right in your own back yard, just by feeding wild birds!
It's educational. You will see all the bird squabbles and you will learn all about the "pecking order" of the bird kingdom. You will come to learn the songs unique to each bird, their mating calls, and the cry for food that is heard from their young. You can learn something every day from watching your birds.
It gives you a sense of wellbeing. There is nothing like the satisfaction you get from knowing you help large numbers of birds raise their young or survive a harsh winter. It's almost like bird therapy!
It helps to restore habitat losses. Each new residential neighborhood that springs up or each tree that is cut down makes it more difficult for birds to eat and live. Bird feeding helps to restore some of the natural habitat bird lose due to expansion into woodlands, fields, and meadows.
It helps keep birds healthy. Feeding birds quality products, such as those offered here at Unipeck of America, keeps birds healthier. And, studies have shown that more birds will survive and prosper because of your bird feeder! Your feeder won't be the birds only source of nourishment, but it will be a good one!

Happy bird feeding!

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Admin: The funny thing is when I first saw the bird feeder, I just took it as a lantern or somthing, even when someone told me it's a bird feeder, I were curious how the birds get into the feeders, the room is so small for a bird. You see, we rarely take care for the birds,specially wild birds.

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