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We have plenty of wild life on our homestead. But we found that it takes them a little while to get accustomed to having us around. For a good long while, we saw several signs of the wild life, but they seemed to make themselves scarce when we were around. I've read several different internet and magazine article about making bird feeders from scap materials, and decided to combine what I'd read to make my own. Below is what I did to make a couple of homemade birdfeeders. The cost was absolutely nothing, other than the bird seed I filled them with. I used soda bottles that would have normally ended up in the garbage, and small tree branches I found in the woods. You can modify this to suit your needs.

kids I started my bird feeder with a left-over soda bottle. I tore off the label, washed it, and allowed it to dry thoroughly.
kids_2 Because it depends on the size of the branch you use for the perch, I didn't take pictures of the actual drilling. But, you will need to drill a hole big enough for the branch you choose as a perch at what you would normally think of as the TOP of the bottle. Insert the perch. Then, depending on the size of seed you fill it with, drill small holes on both sides above the perch so the birds may "peck" out the seed. I used thistle seed for this first feeder, so the holes are fairly small to avoid the seed seeping out while hanging - but big enough so that the seed can be easily removed by the birds through the holes. If you click on this picture, you can see the 5 holes I drilled.
kids_3 I made a second feeder to put just generic seed in. This one was a bit more difficult when it came to determining the size of the hole for the birds to peck food out of because the seed variety included anything from the smallest of seeds to sunflower seeds. I decided to make a medium size hole and then stretch it down so that it ended up being a slit. If you click on this pick and look just above the perch, you'll see the size slit I decided on.
kids_4 This is both of the feeders hanging from a tree in the front yard. To hang them I drilled 2 small holes directly across from each other at what would normally be the BOTTOM of the bottle, inserted wire into the holes, through the bottle, and twisted it to make a hanger. To hang them I looped string over the branch and through the hanger and then tied it in a square knot. Now all that's left is to wait on the wild life to appear!
kids_5 Well, the wild life DID appear - but not exactly who I expected. This Southeastern Five-Lined Skink showed up to check things out just as I was finishing the feeders. Cute little guy!


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