How to make a hanging bird feeder

Do it:

Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Dec

Birds benefit from supplementary food in gardens, especially during winter and early spring, when food is in short supply. Make a simple feeder using terracotta pots packed with fat balls, to attract a variety of birds such as the great tit, pictured.

You will need

Terracotta pots (11cm in diameter)

Wire approx 50cm long

Wire cutters

Twigs, secateurs

Fat balls (roughly three per small pot)

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Use secateurs to cut a piece of twig that will fit across the base of the pot. Wrap a length of wire around the twig, leaving enough to hang the pot with later.

Clean the pots with a weak disinfectant solution and rinse thoroughly. Feed the wire through the drainage hole in the base of the pot, ensuring that the twig fits snugly inside.

Turn the pot over and pack the inside tightly with fat balls. Fold the wire and loop it onto a longer piece, hanging from a branch. 

Hang the feeder singly or group it with others.

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Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

Fat balls are a particularly good source of calories in winter, when birds use huge amounts of energy just to stay warm at night. In summer feed birds protein-rich foods such as mealworms and sunflower seeds. These aid feather development and growth, which helps them get into shape after the grueling breeding season.

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