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Build a bird feeder yourself - step by step instructions

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

Birds need our help in winter

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

Feed 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 birds to search for food in winter, we are overriding the natural selection mechanisms. In addition, winter feeding often only promotes the species that already occur frequently in nature.

You now have to decide for yourself whether you make a contribution to animal protection and preserve biodiversity or whether you want to let nature run its course. We personally are clear about feeding the birds in winter. Surely you don't want to go hungry during the winter, do you?

What does the correct winter feeding look like?

➥ Feed regularly:

First of all, you need to know one thing: once you have started feeding, you should do this throughout the winter until early spring. This is important because birds quickly get used to a feeding place. So don't just feed a couple of times to attract the birds, but regularly.

➥ use the right feed:

For feeding, use, for example, titballs, sunflower seeds, raisins, oatmeal or even the finished feed mixes from the trade. Of course, you can also make bird feed yourself. Leftovers like bacon, potatoes, etc. are absolutely taboo! This harms the little animals instead of helping you.

You can find out which birds and which food they prefer most in this brochure of the German Animal Protection Association.

➥ Offer food correctly:

You can hang titballs and rings almost everywhere, because they are largely made up of fat and do not start to mold quickly. It is important, however, that cats or other enemies cannot get to these feeding places.

It looks different with loose bird feed. So that it does not get wet and may still start to mold, it makes sense that you put it in a roofed bird feeder. We are not talking about a real bird house where the little animals can nest, but only about a covered feeding place. You don't own that? No problem! You can build such a bird feeder yourself in no time. The following instructions show you how to proceed step by step.

Instructions for building a bird feeder

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

What you need for the bird feeder:

➤ 1 wooden plate as 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 slats as roof supports (20cm x 2cm x 2cm)
➤ nails
➤ 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), 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), So 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 this is done, you can now hold the first bar for the frame to the outside of the base plate and nail it to it. Then take the next bar, place it exactly on the first one and nail it to the base plate again. Repeat the same with the last two bars.

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

Step 3:

As you sawed the four wooden slats that serve as roof supports with a miter in the first step, you can now attach them directly. To do this, place each wooden strip in a corner and nail it to the base plate from below.

Step 4:

Now it's about connecting the two roof panels together. Put the miter sawn sides together to create a 90 degree angle and connect both panels with nails.

Step 5:

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

Step 6:

You can do this step, but you don't have to. Because afterwards you can now coat your bird feeder with clear lacquer or even decorate it beautifully with colored lacquer, just according to your taste. There are no limits to your imagination.

Then you only have to 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 little birds eat in your feed house.

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