DIY - Make your own bird feeding station
It's good to help the birds out a bit when the temperature drops. You can do so by putting out seeds and fatmixes on your balcony or in your garden. But you could also make one of these to put in your birdcage. Its quite easy to make one yourself. With the summer at our doorstep it is the right time to get to work. In this blog we will show you two ways to DIY a feeding station.
You won't need a lot for these DIY's. Try and get a piece of bamboo of between ø8 and 12 cm with preferably a lot of nodes. The nodes will help make a diversion between different feeds. 100cm bamboo should be enough for both DIY's. We used this Moso stick.
- Bamboo, around 30 centimeter
- Electrical Drill
- Hammer and chisel
- Sanding paper
Step 1. Prepping the bamboo
Make sure the bamboo is the right length, pay attention on leaving enough space on both sides for the rope.
Step 2. Splitting the bamboo
Use the japanese saw to saw down a little bit at the top. The bamboo is going to be split horizontically, so aim for the halfway point at one of the ends and saw down until you're through the first node. Then grab your hammer and chisel and start splitting the bamboo. If you do not have a chisel you could also use a kitchen knive. More about this way of splitting bamboo can be seen here.
Step 3. Trimming the edges
Splitting bamboo can leave your edges frayed. Besides how it looks, this is also a hazard for splinters. You can level this out with your chisel. Our Japanese saw is also compatible if you do not own a sharp chisel. Use some sandpaper to smooth it all out.
Step 4. Drilling holes
Look at both halves and decide which goes up and which goes down. At the top one you can drill a hole in the middle for the rope. For the bottom piece you want to be able to put your rope through horizontally. This means you drill two holes on the top of both sides.
Step 5. Roping it up
Now it is time to put the rope through. Take some rope depending on how high you want to hang it. We grabbed a piece of about 50 centimeters. Take your rope through the two holes of the bottom piece. Tie a knot after about 8cm. Now you take the rope through the hole of the roof piece. Pay close attention you make it even for both sides!
Step 6. Hang it up & fill her up!
Now you can hang your boat and fill her up with tasty treats for the birds. As you can see we used two fat mixes and some seeds.
This feeding station is potentially even simpeler. You can use leftover bamboo of the other feeder. For the palmrope you can use leftovers as well!
- Bamboo, around 15 centimeter with 1 node
- Half round bamboo
- Electrical drill
- Hole saw 38mm
Step 1. Check your bamboo
Sometimes theres a hole in a node. It is important to check your bamboo for holes for this DIY, otherwise the seeds will just fall out. If it does have a hole it can be an easy fix with some glue and a piece of cardboard on the inside. You can create a piece of half round bamboo by splitting some leftover unused bamboo. Or perhaps you have some leftover from making a bamboo planter.
Step 2. Drilling holes
Now it is time to start drilling. Drill 1 hole at the top of the bamboo with the bamboo drill 8mm. This is for securing the roof. On the back you also drill two holes right next to eachother. These two holes will be used to pull rope through for securing it to a fence or pole. About halfway down the halfround bamboo you also drill a hole. This is for securing it onto the other bamboo.
Step 3. Drilling the feeding hole
Use a hole saw for drilling a hole on the bottom of the front of the bamboo. Use some sandpaper to smooth the hole.
Step 4. Making the feeding tray
Take the Moso ø 3-4 and saw it for about 10mm. Pay attention that one of the sides has a node. Then split this piece in the middle and secure it in the hole. If it doesn't stick you can always use some glue to keep it secure.
Step 5. Securing the roof
Now it is time to secure the roof. This is mostly for rain, but it is also useful for keeping bigger birds out of the top. You can secure this roof by pulling some rope through both holes and tie a knot.
Step 6. Hang it up & fill her up!
Now you can pull a rope through the back and hang it up wherever you want. In our video you can see it attached to a pole, but you could also use a plug and a hook to secure it onto a wall or fence. You could even decide to just put it on a table or shelf in your garden. Now all there is left is adding some seeds and you're all done!
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