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Bird Feeders Made From 1-Gal. Plastic Jugs
I make cheap bird feeders out of 1-gal. plastic jugs, like the kind anti-freeze comes in. There are so many of these jugs that just get tossed away but they would be put to good use. Commercial bird feeders are expensive and they're open to snow and rain. All I did was to cut a flap in the front side of a jug and fold the flap up. Small birds can reach in under the flap but the flap keeps out moisture. I fill the jug with sunflower seeds up to the hole. Birds reach down inside. If the seeds get down too far, the birds go right inside. If you make the hole small, only the smallest songbirds like chickadees, thrushes, goldfinches, etc. - will use it. Sparrows, blackbirds and other "bully" birds don't seem to use it. I have the jug pictured hanging outside my kitchen window. (R.B. Prescott, 51037 Range Rd 221, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8E 1G8 Canada 780 922-2247)


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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2