Baby lazy bottle feeder

Bottle-feeding problems and solutions | From Tiny Tot to Toddler

Babies can sometimes have trouble feeding. Usually, the problem is temporary. The first thing to do is observe your baby. Try to get a feel for her temperament as well as her feeding and sleeping routine.

Your baby sleeps a lot

If your baby sleeps a lot, you probably wonder whether you should wake her to feed. Knowing what’s best isn’t always easy. You can follow her routine and let her sleep if she

  • Wakes up on her own to feed
  • Is an active and effective feeder
  • Pees at least 6 times and passes at least 3 stools a day
  • Is calm and seems satisfied after feeding
  • Has regained her birth weight and continues to put on weight

In this case, there is nothing to worry about. Babies each have their own routine that develops over time.

You may need to wake your baby up to feed her if she sleeps a lot.

Photo: Marie-Ève Bolduc

Some babies sleep so much they may skip some feedings, especially during the first 2 to 3 weeks. This means they will have a hard time getting all the milk they need. If your baby sleeps a lot and doesn’t show the signs described above, you need to stimulate her to drink more.

What to do?

  • Keep an eye out for signs that she’s sleeping lightly (she’s moving, making sucking motions, or moving her eyes beneath her eyelids) when it will be easier to wake her up.
  • Stimulate her: talk to her, massage her back, legs, arms, etc.
  • Leave her in an undershirt or diaper: babies drink less when they are warm.
  • See a professional if you’re worried or see no improvement after a few days.

Your baby drinks very slowly

Babies can’t always suck effectively at the start. This is more common among babies who were born a few weeks prematurely (between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy). Even full-term babies may need a few days or weeks to get the hang of things. This situation usually improves with time. Be patient: your baby is learning. Some babies, however, will continue to drink slowly even as they get older.

What to do?

  • Change to a faster nipple.
  • Stimulate your baby as she feeds by rubbing her feet and tickling her back and sides.
  • Run your finger under her chin and across her cheeks to stimulate her.
  • Change her diaper or change her position for a few minutes.

Your baby often chokes while drinking

If the nipple you are using flows too quickly and your baby has too much milk in her mouth, she may choke (i.e., she swallows noisily, coughs and spits up a little milk).

What to do?

  • Change to a slower nipple.
  • Take short feeding breaks.
  • Avoid laying your baby on her back during feeding since milk will flow into her mouth even when she’s not sucking. Try to feed her in a near-sitting position so that the bottle is tilted only slightly downward (just enough for the nipple to fill with milk and not air). Your baby will then be able to drink at her own pace.

Your baby regurgitates a lot

As long as your baby is happy and putting on weight, regurgitation (“spitting up”) is generally nothing to worry about (see Regurgitation).

Some babies drink very fast, and their stomachs expand too quickly. This makes it easier for them to regurgitate, especially if they are very active and start moving around right after feeding.

If milk is coming out of the bottle too quickly, your baby will drink too much just to satisfy her need to suck. If she regurgitates a lot, the nipple on the bottle may be too fast.

What to do?

If your baby is in good spirits and gaining weight, there’s nothing to worry about. You don’t need to do anything.

If regurgitation seems to be bothering her, watch her drink. If necessary, try these strategies:

  • Change to a slower nipple.
  • Take short feeding breaks.
  • Try to burp her more.
  • Avoid laying your baby on her back during feeding. Try to feed her in a near–sitting position so that milk will flow into her mouth more slowly.
  • Try to keep activity to a minimum right after feeding.

It’s best to see a doctor if your baby

  • Seems to be in pain
  • Projectile vomits several times a day
  • Wets fewer diapers
  • Isn’t putting on enough weight

Your baby refuses the bottle

Your baby normally breastfeeds, and you want to bottle‑feed her? If she has trouble bottle-feeding or refuses to altogether, see the tips on Combining breast and bottle.

How Long Should Bottle-Feeding Take? – Baby Care Advice

How fast your baby feeds can affect how much milk he drinks, how much air he swallows, and his enjoyment of feeding. Feeding too quickly or slowly can cause problems. Discover how you can influence how long it takes for your baby to feed.

Ideal feeding times for babies

The faster your baby feeds the more he's likely to drink. If your baby drinks his formula too quickly, there's a risk he may overfeed (i.e. drink more than he actually needs) and/or swallow large amounts of air. Both of which may result in tummy discomfort or spitting up soon after feeding. If your baby completes his feeds too quickly, this could be because the nipple* is too fast. 

If he feeds too slowly, this can occur because the nipple ring is screwed on too tight (see notes on common bottle feeding problems) or because the nipple* is too slow. Both problems can make feeding become very tiring for a young baby and he may fail to finish his feed or fall asleep before the feed is completed - resulting in the need for more frequent feeds.

As a guide, the following times are recommended to bottle feed your baby.

 20 - 40 minutes for newborn to 3 months.

 15 - 30 minutes for babies 3 months to 6 months.

 10 - 20 minutes for babies over 6 months.

* Nipple manufacturers provide a guide on nipple speeds suitable for different age groups. Although a nipple may be recommended for your baby's age, this does not guarantee the speed is suitable for your individual baby. Some babies will have a stronger or weaker suck compared to others. 

By Rowena Bennett, RN, RM, CHN, MHN, IBCLC

Copyright 2020.  All rights reserved.  Permission from author must be obtained to reproduce all or any part of this article.

How we can help

  • Your Baby's Bottle-feeding Aversion book
  • Baby Care Advice consultation
  • Rowena Bennett's Online Bottle-Feeding Aversion Program

‘Your Baby's Bottle-Feeding Aversion’ book

In my book, ‘Your baby’s Bottle-feeding Aversion’, I have described physical and behavioral reasons for babies to develop an aversion to bottle-feeding. How to identify the cause and the solutions to match. Included are step-by-step instructions on how to regain your baby’s trust and resolve a feeding aversion caused or reinforced by repeated pressure to feed.

While the book was written for bottle-fed babies, many nursing mothers have found that applying the same strategies has also helped them to successfully resolve a breastfeeding aversion.

You might find that reading this book is all you need to do to understand the steps you need to take to resolve your baby’s feeding aversion and get him back to the point of enjoying eating until satisfied. 

Baby Care Advice Consultations

If you would like an individualized assessment of all reasons for infant feeding problems, not just feeding aversion, we also provide a consultation service. Baby Care Advice consultants have extensive experience in pinpointing the cause of feeding aversion and other behavioral feeding problems such as those related to equipment and the parent’s feeding practices. (For more on what’s included in a consultation).

Rowena's Online Bottle-Feeding Aversion Program

Six time-saving modules to help your family enjoy feeding again with Rowena's step-by-step plan. Enjoy additional tools to manage anxiety, troubleshoot any issues, introduce new carers, how to manage illness/teething and much more.

  • Module 1: Understanding feeding aversions
  • Module 2: Identify the cause
  • Module 3: Prepare for success
  • Module 4: How to resolve your baby's bottle-feeding aversion
  • Module 5: What to expect
  • Module 6: Troubleshooting
  • BONUS: Guided meditations

25 cool projects with step by step instructions

5 liter plastic bottle feeder

Do you like to watch and feed your feathered friends? The best way to extend the hand of friendship is through food. This article will talk about feeders from 5 liter plastic bottles and other containers, mainly food containers such as milk canisters. If you already use plastic bottles, then it is better to make a bird feeder from a 5 liter plastic bottle , there should be a lot of good, why exchange for small containers. Of course, plastic does a lot of harm to our planet, but there is also a positive point - it is an excellent material for crafts. Try not to make bird feeders out of wood, even though it's pretty. The wood acts like a sponge, absorbing the oils found in virtually all seed products, which attracts squirrels, chipmunks, and other animals. Homemade feeders made of plastic bottles are much more practical in this regard. Check out these 25 great projects - simple, combo, auto-feed and drinker - for every taste. There are options for children's projects do-it-yourself feeders from a 5 liter bottle .

How to make a 5 liter plastic bottle bird feeder

This is something anyone can do, a simple project for kids and adults alike. Cut out medium-sized windows in a five-liter plastic bottle, as shown in the photo. If you want to make a stand so that the birds can sit down while eating, you can use a dowel or a stick. Or glue an aluminum plate to the bottom of the bottle, it will also be nice. If you want to clarify some of the nuances, below is a link to the instructions.

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This bird feeder 5 liter plastic bottle is more practical.

In this position, the bottle is secured by the neck and through the holes in the bottom. Step-by-step photos are very detailed, so it's not hard to figure it out.

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Decorative bird feeder

Do you need a craft for a school or kindergarten contest? Watch the master class on how to make a beautiful bird feeder from a 5 liter plastic bottle with your own hands. First, cut out the holes, these will be two windows with a diameter of approximately 12 cm, from the bottom the side should be approximately 5 cm high. You need to make a slot in it to insert a wooden spatula. The feature of this feeder is the outer winding with twine and a decorative broom butt roof. You have to get a little dirty, well, it will take time. Although the process is simple. We coat the bottle with PVA glue and evenly wrap it with twine along with cutouts to the place where the neck begins. Where there are windows, cut the twine and fold the edges into the middle. Clamp with clothespins until the glue dries.
We also need to prepare a paste. A third of a glass of flour in a glass of water and cook in an enamel saucepan until it thickens. Then we make bunches from the butt of the broom, as shown in the photo. Glue around the neck of the bottle. To make the top of the feeder also beautiful, wrap the lid and handle with twine. At the end, we decorate the feeder with seeds using a paste.

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Or here is another instruction for a similar project, feeder from a 5 liter bottle , although there is more work here.

Step-by-step photos do not show everything, but everything is described in detail in the instructions.

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Beautiful bird feeder from a plastic bottle

Do you want to beat in the competition for the best bird feeder ? With such a project, the first place is secured, one tiled roof is worth something.

Do you think it would take weeks to make this feeder out of a plastic bottle? Not at all, with detailed instructions that can be read on the site and detailed step-by-step photos, everything can be done very quickly. The last three photos in the gallery are feeders that were made on the basis of this master class.

Author of the photo: Olga Vedutova
Photo source: podelki-doma. ru/podelki/iz-vsyakoy-vsyachinyi/kormushka-dlya-ptits-iz-plastikovoy-butyilki

How to make a feeder from a 5 liter plastic bottle

If you love birds, you have probably already thought about making a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle . Even the simplest feeders attract many birds. This article shows how to make a very simple feeder out of a 5 liter plastic bottle . Since it costs next to nothing to make one feeder, you can make several to hang around your garden or wherever you like.

Author: Carly Van Heerden
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Or here's a slightly improved project - added netting and perches. Cut the wire mesh to the correct size, holding over the holes you made in the bottle to calculate the correct size for each item. You will need two squares or rectangles (depending on the shape and size of the holes in the bottle). Remember to measure the mesh a few centimeters beyond the edges of the holes. The wire mesh will simply slide through the holes to the end of the bottle. The extra width and height will ensure that the mesh elements are securely fastened, preventing them from slipping out of the holes. Take two sticks. Cut and wrap a short piece of wire (about 15 cm) around the end of one of the sticks, then twist the ends of the wire with pliers to make a strong "rod" (as shown in the photo). Make two tiny holes in the bottom of the plastic bottle, then insert the rods and attach the perches.

By Carly Van Heerden
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Simple 5 liter bottle feeder

This tutorial shows how to make a simple bird feeder from a plastic bottle 5 liters . You will need a plastic bottle and scissors. Cut out a triangle in the bottle only along the top two sides. Then bend it to make a flap. Drill a hole in the lid, thread the rope through and tie a knot.

Fill with bird food and you're done.

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Kids Project: 5 Liter Plastic Bottle Feeder

This bird feeder is a great project for kids to express your imagination, coloring the feeder.

The craft is best suited for school-age children, although there is little work with cutting. For coloring bird feeders from a plastic bottle of 5 liters you will need acrylic paints of different colors. Everything is quite simple, but if you want to conduct a master class for children, the link to the instructions is under the gallery.

Author Zoya Razumnaya
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Plastic bottle feeder for children

Here is another interesting craft for children, bird feeders from a plastic canister for milk.

Just go to the website and read the instructions on how to make this wonderful bird feeder. Or maybe you prefer a birdhouse instead of a feeder? To turn this project into a birdhouse, cut out one round window from one side of the milk can, not two windows. To make the inner floor less smooth (for the safety of the growth of the chicks' legs), glue a few tiny twigs or pine needles to the bottom.

Photo source: www. is perfect for anyone looking to attract birds to their garden without spending a lot of money on a bird feeder. Just remember that when you make a bird feeder out of plastic containers, it will not be very deep. This will not affect the functionality of the feeder in any way, it just means that you will have to add feed more often. You can change the design if you like, but be aware of sharp corners. When you cut plastic, the edges become quite sharp. You don't want to hurt one of our beautiful feathered friends with a sharp blade. A cook to make a feeder from a plastic canister is shown in the master class on step-by-step photos, if you still need instructions, use the link. And yet, the feeder must be balanced, for this, make a hole both in the “lip” remaining on the canister and in the tape.

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Or another option from a plastic canister.

Watch the master class below, this work will not take much time.

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How to make a plastic container feeder

Instead of just throwing away an empty plastic milk container and leaving it in the landfill for generations, why not make a simple and cheap bird feeder . First, make a large enough hole in the middle, and then make marks at the top and bottom. Now you need to cut out the place that was previously marked with scissors. Then you need to stretch the rope through the top of the jug down to the bottom. Stretch a little further and tie the cone.
Now that we have the form for the feeder, it's time to fill it out. This step is entirely up to you, experiment with different foods that you think the birds will like best. It may also depend on the type of bird you want to attract. But there is still a bump, it was not in vain that they tied it. Just dip in peanut butter and swirl well. Or you can use a butter knife.
Then roll the peanut butter stuffed cone in the same seeds used for the feeder or in different seeds. Roll out until the cone is filled with seeds.
Therefore, it is recommended to use a thicker oil so that the seeds stick better.
Now you have the epic canister bird feeder loaded and ready!

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once made some kind of bird feeder with your child, but this

plastic canister feeder is very durable and can withstand all weather conditions! In addition, it is so easy to make that it will become a favorite craft for children.
Take the milk canister and scissors. Parents, with scissors, it's your job or watch your child very closely. The plastic of the canister is quite difficult to cut. Cut out a square large enough for the bird to reach for food. Then make a hole or slot right under the hole and another one on the opposite side of the canister. This will be the place for the perch. Then take a strong branch and push through the first gap. Then thread through the canister and push through the back a little.

Then make two cuts in the top of the canister. Take the cord and tie a loop at the top. Now you can hang the feeder and fill it with food.
This is a very interesting craft for children. Your child can even use tape or stickers to decorate their bird feeder. An excellent remedy for boredom and a way to teach a child to be active and attentive to nature. Just remember to save the canister next time when you run out of milk!

Author: Rachel Isley
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very intelligible.

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DIY plastic canister feeder

You can make a decent bird feeder out of plastic canister in just a few minutes and practically free of charge. The feeder in the photo has been used all the time for over a year and is now as good as it was the day it was made. But keep in mind that after a couple of years the plastic becomes brittle and needs to be replaced. Metal parts made from wire can be reused for many years, just like a dowel.
Note to parents. The project should be simple and fun for the kids. Some steps require the use of a sharp tip to make holes in the sides of the canister. Blunt scissors can then be used to make the windows and an adult should observe the cutting and bending of the wire or follow these steps or prepare them ahead of time. The author assumes no responsibility for injuries caused by the manufacture or use of this feeder. Just follow the instructions that you can read on the website at the link below and everything will be fine.
Some seeds from these feeders inevitably wake up, but there are always many small birds (and often pigeons) ready to clean up the area under the feeders.
Remember: if you are feeding birds, keep the food fresh and always have water on hand.

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Another feeder option for those who don't want to complicate their lives with complicated projects. Make this bird feeder out of a plastic canister is very easy - what to cut where, look at the photo in the gallery. A few more tips. It is easier to make curly cuts with scissors, but it is better to pierce and start the cut with a knife. If you made the drainage holes too big for food to spill through, don't be discouraged. Seal with tape and make holes smaller. When you attach the rope, cut off the plastic ring under the cover, it interferes.

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Milk Bottle Feeder

If you want to spend a day of upcycling (recycling) with your kids, here is a nice project to make a feeder from milk bottle . It uses a plastic canister and a bottle top. The first step was to wash the milk bottles and cut holes in the bottom, high enough for a layer of seeds to fill the bottom. Cut off the cap of a two-liter bottle, this will be the top.
Then - painting! Plastic is notoriously difficult to paint. The author of the project advises to use emulsion paints. Here are some tips. Different paint and different plastic will give different results! Thick, dull paint works well for metal or wood. Also, a glossy paint is better than a matte emulsion. The paint adheres better to hard plastics, so it's easier to paint small plastic bottles where the plastic is tighter around the neck and edges. Light sanding of plastic also helps. To keep the paint, use PVA mixed with regular emulsion paint. Spraying a cheap car with varnish will prevent the paint from peeling, even if it splits (although it is not known how safe this is for birds).
Make two holes in the cover, thread the cord and pull the plastic cover over the top.
Lastly, glue some branches to make window sills.

Photo source: mycraftydiversions.

Plastic Jerrycan Baby Feeder

This fun bird feeder made from plastic canister with glitter is a great way to use an old milk container and talk to your kids about the importance of recycling plastic utensils. In fact, this whole project is a good opportunity to start a conversation about science and nature and at the same time teach children how to make simple and useful crafts. If needed, details can be found on the website.

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Functional bird feeder from

plastic canister Making a bird feeder from an old milk canister is a quick and easy project and a great way to recycle. These simple feeders are very functional and can be set up in the yard or garden. How to do. If there is a sticker, remove with acetone or nail polish remover. Draw a line on the side of the plastic container. Leave enough space at the bottom to allow the feeder to hold a few centimeters of bird food. Make a hole on one side only. The easiest way to start cutting is with a knife. The lid can be used as a drinking bowl, or if not necessary, also pour food into it. Fill the container with bird seeds and, using the handle of the canister as a hanger, hang the feeder from the tree. Finally, we are done with the bird feeder. All this will take no more than 10 minutes.

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How to make a plastic canister feeder

Here's another simple project. This you can make a feeder from a plastic canister with children.

If you need instructions, see link below.

Photo source: take a large plastic canister of 5 liters and then almost completely cut out the side walls with a sharp knife. Just leave more for food underneath. Then take a small bottle, cut off the bottom and fasten it upside down in the middle of the canister. This will be the feed bin.

How to attach what is better, read the instructions on the site.

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Funny feeder

Making bird feeders is a necessary and useful activity, and making funny feeders is also funny. Here is a funny feeder made from a plastic bottle from detergent. But don't think, it's just as functional as it is fun, you can fill it with plenty of food that stays dry and is fed automatically when needed. Here's how to do it.
Head. Place one bottle upside down and remove most of the handle with a hacksaw. The bottom cut should be 1 cm above the inner curve of the handle. Thoroughly clean, rinse and dry the inside of the vial.
Nose. Make two holes in the deodorant ball. Press firmly on the opening of the bottle. Punch two holes in the flattened part of the bottle, aligning the holes in the ball.

Take the tape and thread it through the holes of the balloon and bottle. Tighten.

Glasses. Cut out the glasses from the colored bottle. Poke holes in the end of the earpiece and attach a small piece of string to keep the goggles snug against your head. Make more holes in the middle of the glasses. They are used later with hanging rope.
Perch. Cut off the bottom of the second bottle. Draw a circle around the neck of the first bottle and cut it out. Check that it sits on the neck. In the rest of the bottom of the bottle, cut out the shape of the moon. Install the perch.
Lace. Pass the string through the middle holes in the glasses and pull the loop under the nose. The bottle must remain upright.
Helmet. When the bottom of the second bottle is cut off, you can easily cut out the shape of the helmet with scissors. Follow the line on the photo. Punch two holes in the middle of the top side and thread through the hanging line. The knot can be hidden under the helmet.
Fill with feed. Put your head upside down. Pour in the bird food, making sure it runs down the back of the head and not through the mouth. (tilt bottle slightly) Fill as much as possible. Raise the nozzle and return the cap by turning the head. Now find a place in the garden, a branch or an arbor, to hang your head.

Enjoy the show the birds will put on as they forage from the mouth of the feeder head.

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Hourly Bird Feeder

Regardless of the season, you can always find birds in your yard, park or garden that don't mind a bite to eat. Therefore, simple bird feeders that kids can make is a great idea as it keeps kids busy for a while and attracts more birds to your garden, that is a win-win situation. This option plastic canister feeder is probably the simplest one you can think of. First, you (meaning adults) will need to cut a large hole and secure the rope. And then lay the oilcloth and give the feeder to the children for painting work. Just tell them not to paint inside.

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Plastic container feeder

Looking for a way to make a simple feeder DIY ? How about this classic, quick and easy project to turn a plastic milk canister into a bird feeder?! Make holes on both sides of the canister. To do this, first make cuts in the plastic with a knife, and then cut out beautiful circles with scissors. Plastic is easy to cut. As guides, you can use the circles that are already on the cans (not all), they are quite large. If you don't want to attract large birds (pigeons), make the opening smaller. Below, make small holes for the perches. Pass the stick through, if it does not hold well, just drop a little glue.

Get some wire, here it's a wire hanger. Make cuts, insert the wire and bend the ends, as shown in the photo. Seal the holes, if desired, to prevent water from seeping into the feeder. Speaking of water, don't forget to make drainage holes.

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original ideas and their photos

Birds that have chosen the urban environment experience great difficulties in winter: frosts are fierce, a sheet of snow covers the ground. Not only is it cold and bad weather, but there is also an acute shortage of food, which can be detrimental to feathered beauties. But it is in our power to help our friends through difficult times.

With very little effort, you can make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle and fill it regularly with food.


  • 1 Benefits of making a plastic bottle feeder
  • 2 What else you will need: what materials and tools
  • 3 Instructions for making plastic bottle feeders: tips, diagrams and step-by-step guides
    • From 5 liters of five (5.1) ) bottles
    • 3.2 From a one and a half liter (1.5) bottle
    • 3.3 Miscellaneous recommendations and tips for making
  • 4 What to feed birds or what food to sprinkle

Advantages of making a feeder out of a plastic bottle

Often a refectory for birds is made of wood, making a wooden structure is more laborious and requires at least minimal skills in working with wood. And if we consider plastic bottles as a feeder, then working with them is much easier. In addition, there are a number of other undeniable advantages:

  • Convenience for birds - with the right construction, the birds will be able to fly to the meal regularly with convenience, and the feeder will protect the food from snow and rain.
  • Benefit - the material is very cheap, regardless of whether you buy the container separately or with a drink. But many people do not even need to buy it, since such containers are probably already stored at home.
  • Convenience - plastic bottles are very easy to work with, for example, plastic can be easily cut, holes can be made in it.
  • Material stability — the packaging is able to withstand frost, heat, bad weather, and temperature changes.
  • Availability - the material is easy to find, you may already have several suitable containers in your home.

What else do you need: what materials and tools

Great if you decide to do a good deed. But the process requires certain materials and tools. Here's what you need to prepare before making the structure:

  • plastic bottles: 1.5 liter or 5 liter. If you plan to make several feeders, then there should be several bottles;
  • scissors;
  • awl;
  • electrical tape;
  • sharp knife;
  • wooden sticks;
  • ruler;
  • wire or strong rope.

Plastic Bottle Feeder Instructions: Tips, Schematics, and Step-by-Step Guides

Construction is easy and simple, but to be successful, you need to know a few things, as well as how to make it.

From a 5 liter (5) bottle

A 5 liter bottle is a very suitable and convenient material for making bird food. Due to its volume, it will be able to accommodate more birds than its more "slender" 1. 5-liter relative. From a container of this volume, you can make a wonderful vertical and horizontal feeder.

Horizontal feeder

The main advantage of the horizontal arrangement of the container is that several birds can start eating at once, but if the bottle is placed vertically, they will be constrained by a small area.

Photo of a practical feeder from a 5-liter bottle:

You can make a bird feeder from a plastic 5-liter container as follows:

  • horizontal position.
  • From 2 opposite sides, draw the outline of future rectangular windows, they should be large enough. The outline can be drawn with a marker.
  • Now you need to carefully make cuts along the intended contour, and you need to do this with a sharp knife or scissors. In order to conveniently wield them, it is necessary to make holes with a sharp awl and from this place start cutting with scissors.

Tip! A canopy can be made on the bottle, which will additionally protect bird food from bad weather and precipitation. To do this, make a cutout from the bottom and sides, and bend the plastic visor up with pliers.

  • Bottle cutouts have sharp edges. To protect yourself from them, just cover them with electrical tape.
  • An important element of any feeder is the perch, on which the birds can sit, hiding from the weather or enjoy the food in comfort. To do this, make 2 small holes on both sides at the level of the lower border of the window and insert a not very thick wooden stick into them.
  • To fix the structure on the street, it is necessary to fix it with a wire or a strong rope. To do this, make 2 holes at the bottom of the container, they should be opposite the neck. Then thread the wire or rope through the holes in the bottom, and also tie the rope or wire tightly around the neck. This way you can secure the structure to a tree or something else.

Video: how to make a DIY bird feeder out of a 5 liter plastic bottle.

Vertical design

The technology for the production of vertical structures does not differ much from horizontal ones, but nevertheless has some features that need to be taken into account: If the bottle is square, then you can make 3 large windows on three sides, if it is round, then it is optimal to make 2 windows opposite each other.

  • Make cutouts with a knife or scissors. You can become like a horizontal structure and make a canopy that will protect you from the weather.
  • Tape the cutouts as shown in the photo below:
    • To make perches, you need to make a hole just below the window with an awl and insert wooden sticks there.

    • To secure the product to a tree or other outdoor object, you can simply punch a hole in the cover and thread a string through it.

    Video: how to make a vertical bird feeder.

    Vertical feeder with dispenser

    In addition to the 5 liter container, you will need a 1.5 liter container. Do all the same manipulations as above, just make four large windows. Then proceed according to the instructions:

    • It is necessary to cut the bottom of a bottle of smaller volume so that there is a distance of about three centimeters between its neck and the bottom of a large container.
    • Then spread the bird food in a thin layer on the bottom of a large container.
    • After that, you need to put in a vertical position a small container with an unscrewed lid in a large container upside down, open the lid of a five-liter container and pour bird food into a one and a half liter container.

    When you close the large capacity lid, you can hang it outdoors for the birds to enjoy.

    Video: version of the bird feeder with dispenser.

    From a one and a half liter (1.5) bottle

    This feeder is of course less spacious, but it can be made a little faster. You can also hang several 1. 5-liter plastic bottle feeders nearby so that more birds can satisfy their hunger.

    Standard feeder

    A do-it-yourself canteen for birds from a container of this volume is made in the same way as a vertical feeder from a 5-liter container. Only one or two windows are made.

    Video: how to make a standard feeder from a 1.5 liter container.

    Feeder with wooden spoon

    Very interesting and original design. For such a non-standard product, you will need a one and a half or two-liter bottle, two wooden spoons with a long handle. Everything is done according to the following scheme:

    • Make a mark on the bottles so that the cutouts are in the correct places. Since 2 spoons will be located in one container, 4 cutouts must be made (paired cutouts should be located at different heights). Cutouts should be made at a slight slope. First make a mark on one side of the container, then a little lower on the other.
    • Cutouts should be kept small so that the spoons do not fall out and prevent too much grain from spilling out.
    • Then insert both spoons at a slight inclination: the handle will serve as a perch, and food will pour into the scoop.
    • After that, you can pour food into the mouth of the container, screw on the lid and hang the product outside.

    The design should look like a feeder in the photo:

    Design for tits with protection against pigeons and crows

    You can also make a tricky design that will allow you to feed tits, but will not be available to more determined and voracious pigeons and crows. Video instruction will help you make a handy plastic bottle feeder with protection against pigeons and crows:

    Miscellaneous recommendations and tips for making

    Knowing some features, secrets and tricks will help you make the most convenient product for birds, and also deliver you maximum pleasure:

    • Sharp tools must be used for manufacturing, handle them with extreme care to avoid injury and damage to the skin.
    • Such containers are most often transparent, so it is advisable to mark the entrance boundaries with a bold contour using a colored marker.
    • It is important that the feeder is easily accessible to the birds so that they can easily fly up and consume the food.

    By the way! Drainage holes can be made to prevent moisture from accumulating at the bottom of the container. Just make small holes in the bottom of the container.

    • It is advisable to hang the structure at a height of about 1.5 m, due to this height it will be difficult for cats to grab the bird.
    • It is not recommended to place feeders next to the house, otherwise the house will have to be regularly cleaned of droppings.
    • It is necessary to position the feeder in such a way that there is an open area in front of it, and the birds could notice the approach of the cat in time.
    • Don't forget that birds are wildlife, so the feeder can become a source of infection. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary to eliminate half-eaten food every day. About once a month, you should thoroughly wash the feeder in rubber gloves with hot water and soap, be sure to pour boiling water over it a couple of times.
    • It is a great idea to make a bird feeder with your children, especially if they have been given the task of making their own bird feeder in kindergarten. Surely the guys will be delighted with such an activity, just watch them carefully so that they do not get scratched or hurt.
    • If you want to make a beautiful and original feeder with your own hands, you can bring some of your own unique ideas, for example, use colored pencils as a pole. In addition, you can attach a decorative flower to the product. It will be extraordinary to draw some colorful drawing on a plastic bottle, as in this photo:

    What to feed the birds or what kind of food to sprinkle

    It is important not only to simply make and hang a feeder, but also to regularly feed the birds. It is best to do this once or twice a day.

    Birds can be fed with these products : unsalted bacon, raw unsalted seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), unsalted crushed peanuts, nuts, wheat, oats, millet, unsalted butter, cones.

    Do not feed the following foods : salted (lard, chips, nuts, etc.), fried (that is, absolutely any fried foods, including fried seeds), spicy, spicy, sour foods, millet, fresh bread, rye bread, cookies, rich buns, spoiled cereals should not be given to birds.

    Below you can study the photographs illustrating the gastronomic preferences of various birds:

    You should be very careful about these rules for choosing products for feeding birds, otherwise prohibited products will cause diseases of varying severity and even death in birds.

    It is also necessary to talk to the children and tell them about the peculiarities of the birds' diet so that the children do not accidentally give them destructive and harmful food.

    Video: how to feed birds in winter.

    Thanks to such simple manipulations with plastic containers, you will help birds survive the cold winter, and instill in children love and care for our little brothers.

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