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Old Thursday 14th June 2018, 20:49   #1
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Inexpensive bird feeders?

Where or how can I get or make inexpensive bird feeders for my garden, as Ive over spent my budget already this week! Would love to get some wild life in the garden so I can watch a count what comes in :)

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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 00:28   #2
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Where or how can I get or make inexpensive bird feeders for my garden, as I’ve over spent my budget already this week! Would love to get some wild life in the garden so I can watch a count what comes in :)

Thanks for any help

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I bought a fly by feeder it was like twenty or thirty bucks or so and good quality from H Potter and it was too small for me (seemed like large birds had a hard time with it though others loved it) so it's basically of no use to me, I'd give it to you if you weren't so far away lol but yeah you can definitely find cheaper ones of nice quality if you look hard enough

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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 00:46   #3
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You can make your own for very little money.
At the simplest, just a platform feeder works fine. Putting a little edge around it will help keep the feed from spilling over the sides too easily.
If you are more ambitious, there are sites that offer feeder ideas and instructions, such as:
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backya...y-bird-feeder/
If you are a do it yourself handyman, this more elaborate unit might please:
http://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/fr...der-plans.html

I don't know about the UK, but here in the USA, a small water bath is always popular. If it is possible, have a bucket or a hose just drip into the bath, it multiplies the appeal.
Birds just love baths and moving water highlights the opportunity.

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The Brome Squirrel Buster is the way to go if you want to make sure the birds are the ones getting the food. These react to the weight of the squirrels, but also the weight of larger birds, like pigeons. They are also inexpensive, given the amount you'll be saving on food: https://birdbathsforsale.com/squirre...f-bird-feeder/
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I've got the Brome feeders all over my yard and I love them. They are not cheap though.
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Old Sunday 2nd September 2018, 19:17   #6
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If your keen at d.i.y. and have some bits lying around you could easily make your own.
Here's a couple of thoughts.......
a Some chicken wire - you could bend it into shape and fasten with some stout wire or better still an old wire coat hanger ( could also use a piece of coat hanger to make a fixing loop ).
b. Make a small wooden nesting box, but without a hole, with a hinged lid, use a piece of wire netting for one side. This could be filled with a variety of bird food dependant on the gauge.
Fresh water is also important, again you may have something knocking around that could double as a bird bath / drinking bowl.
Much more rewarding if you've the time and no plastic.

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Old Monday 3rd September 2018, 11:16   #7
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I like the above suggestion of building a platform feeder, those are pretty simple to build, even *I* could do it and I'm not really all that handy, haha! There are also ways of turning a gallon jug into a feeder if you do a search online. But my personal favorite... is to grab any old log from the woods and drill some holes in it, 1 or 2 inches wide, and stuff the holes with peanut butter. The woodpeckers will love you!
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I really like these. Cheap, easy, and a lot less mess. And the birds love them. I would suppose you have them in the UK?

https://www.amazon.com/EZ-Fill-Suet-.../dp/B000795Y64
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Yes, they are a good addition to the seed, sunflower kernel and peanut feeders. You can spend a small fortune keeping the suet blocks from running out in no time. Hope the original poster has gotten some ideas and has feeders plus water supply in place.
The varied tit flock, finches and others have certainly built up in the last fortnight and are visiting regularly.
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