The sound of birds chirping early in the morning is so pleasant. An easy trick to have this soothing entertainment outside your house every morning is to build bird feeders and hang them in your garden. This will give you the opportunity to feed wild birds as well as protect them from extreme weather conditions.
◈ If you have pets like cats, dogs, and possums lingering in the garden which might become a danger to the visiting feathered guests, then you should choose to build a hanging feeder. The only thing you need for this is a tall tree.
◈ There are some birds, such as finches, which prefer to eat from the ground. You will often see them feeding on the spills from the hanging feeders. For these birds, go for a ground-level feeder. This kind is only appropriate when the surrounding is completely free from predators like cats and dogs.
Instructions to Make Your Own:
Wrap the wire around the pine cone in such that it create a hanger. Spread the peanut butter all over the pine cone and cover it with bird seeds. The peanut butter will stick the seeds to the pine cone.
Take any round cereal with a hole―such as cheerios―loop them on a string, tie the ends, and hang it up.
Christmas Tree Feeder:
Place the Christmas tree in a corner of your garden. Coat the branches with peanut butter, and hang food items such as suet. Since the birds need more fat in the winter, suet will be perfect. You can also hang other feeders, like the pine cone or cereal types mentioned above, on the Christmas tree like ornaments.
There are some risks in feeding wild birds. Birds collecting at the feeder in your garden might spread or contract various diseases. Poorly maintained feeders allow pathogenic microbial growth, and thus can cause harm to the visiting birds.
- Avoiding rancid or moldy feed.
- Proper positioning of the feeders to avoid crowding.
Feeders made from easily available materials are the best decorative pieces in your garden, courtyard, or terrace. You can satisfy your concern for your little friends with the help of bird feeders. Homemade ones are ornamental masterpieces in the backyard, which you can cherish for several years without spending much on their maintenance.