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10 DIY to help birds get through the winter

10 DIY to help birds get through the winter


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For the birds of our gardens, our cities and our countryside, winter is a real obstacle course. Between the frozen earth, the icy wind and the rampant urbanization, the search for food can even turn into a true avian nightmare. So until the return of sweetness, these feeders made from recycled objects will be of great help to our feathered friends!

Seeds for birds in a grapefruit

Manual : Fully recyclable and biodegradable, this feeder was made with a grapefruit cut in half and cored. Two small holes drilled with the tips of the scissors made it possible to pass a string to suspend it from a tree branch. On both sides, small pieces of wood were planted as perches. Tip # 1: Hang your feeders close enough to the house to enjoy the sight of the birds coming to feed, but far enough away from cats and other predators!

A biodegradable feeder to make with a grapefruit or an orange.

A bird restaurant in a tin can

Manual : Little birds will love these feeders made with recycled cans, simply spray painted and hung in front of the house with colored ribbons. We do not forget to fix a twig to facilitate the landing of the tits and we do not put too many seeds at the same time to limit the risks of rotting. Tip # 2: Do not forget to offer water to the birds, especially in case of frost. But as with seeds, keep it clean.

Chic, right?

A bird house in milk bricks

Manual : Anglo-Saxons love these bird shelters tinkered with from cardboard milk boxes. We borrow the idea from them by recycling our Tetra Paks into feeders for small birds. A blow of scissors to clear the opening, a stroke of paint for the decoration, a mini-perch planted on the front, a mixture of seeds, and voila! Tip # 3 : If you don't want to buy commercial bird seed mixes, offer them apples, wheat or barley, sunflower seeds, margarine, cooked rice, corn kernels or even raisins.

The second life of a milk carton…

A bird bar in an egg box

Manual : General tour ! With this DIY feeder in two stages, three movements with a box of twelve eggs and two strings, the birds will make a king's feast! We can also have fun putting one type of seed per cell to see which ones are most successful. Tip # 4 : Also remember to place the feeder sheltered from the wind so as not to disturb their tasting!

This winter, it's open bar!

A seed cocktail for the winter

Manual : As in winter, birds have a great need for lipids, we cook them a nice mixture of seeds incorporated in margarine or unsalted butter. This fatty porridge is placed in a chipped cup which is thus recycled in a manger. As it cools, the dough hardens, and it is enough to place a baguette to create a small perch. Then hang the cup on a branch by hanging a string on the handle, and voila! Tip # 5: Fat bars are also available commercially, but otherwise you will find many recipes on the internet.

How to feed birds well in the garden?

A seed pool in ice cream sticks

Manual : If last summer, you conscientiously kept your Eskimo sticks, it's time to recycle them by making a designer manger for robins and warblers. A few dots of glue, a little patience, you're almost there ... Tip # 6: Once you have started feeding the birds, do not stop in the middle of winter, it could be fatal. On the other hand, as soon as spring returns, it is absolutely necessary to stop not making them dependent.

A DIY activity to do with children

Other ideas found on Pinterest

In addition to these 6 ideas, we have spotted some cool things for you on Pinterest: - Would you like a cup of tea? Super recuperative idea that will please the birds: - Another cup but more graphic and to be fixed on a bar or a tree branch: - An unexpected idea: the shoe-feeder! Another very good idea to recover: - Very natural version: we create a manger from a pine cone. Pretty and effective: All our feeders