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Bird Watching Guide - Cheap Bird Feeders
We love to feed the birds that flock to our gardens or that decide to live there. To make this habitat even more attractive to these birds we’ll even place bird friendly items around the garden. Some of these things are very expensive and yet they’re needed. The best way to be able to provide suitable things like bird feeders is to make cheap bird feeders from items that we have at home.
There are lots of things that we can use. An old onion bag is good to hold suet cakes or balls. Suet can be made from any meat fat. This is easily obtainable at your butcher’s or meat department. Melt the fat by boiling it and combine it with fruits, peanuts, peanut butter, grains or seeds to make a high energy meal. Place this cake into the onion bag and hang it outside where birds like Woodpeckers, Bluebirds and Nuthatches will enjoy this treat from cheap bird feeders like this.
You can also create a tasty pine cone bird feeder. You need to tie a strong string piece or twine around one end of a pine cone. Roll the pine cone in peanut butter very thickly; coat the entire peanut butter pine cone in bird seeds of your choice. Use the twine or string to hang it up near a tree.
Other cheap bird feeders can be made from an old plastic 2 liter drink bottle. Wash the bottle out thoroughly with warm water only. When the bottle dries completely replace the cap back on the bottle. Turn the bottle over so that the fat end is facing you. Cut 3 triangular flaps in the bottle. These flaps shouldn’t be very big or very wide. The pointed end of the flaps should face towards the bottle cap when they are pulled outwards. These flaps will act as the bird perches of your “new” cheap bird feeders.
Everyone loves to eat Shish Kabobs. This food type does not have to be restricted to humans alone. You can give birds a fruit and vegetable “Shish Kabob” too. What you need to do is to choose some fruits, bread pieces and vegetables that you can give the birds. Pierce these foods together with a metal hook to create some tasty cheap bird feeders.
More, easy to make yet cheap bird feeders are trays that you fill with bird seeds. You can put these up on tree stumps or knee high tables to make platform feeders. You should however keep an eye out for cats who might decide to make a meal out of your birds.
Whatever you decide to make your cheap bird feeders from, remember to keep sharp edged items away from them. The birds can be hurt from these edges. Besides this anything that will hold bird seed and suet cakes are good cheap bird feeders that you can make and keep in your garden. There’s no better way to enjoy the birds that live in your area.
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