Gardening and Landscaping

How to earn a Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

January 12, 2020

Nothing is more peaceful than watching an elegant hummingbird enjoying nectar from a backyard feeder. Most feeders are constructed of glass or plastic, and as they become more fancy, the cost goes up considerably. Instead of spending money on a store-bought model, then recycle your empty wine bottle and create a homemade feeder. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, therefore a red bottle works best. Otherwise, any old bottle sitting on the recycling container will do; just dress it up with a bit of reddish before hanging it in your backyard.

Clean from the inside of a wine bottle that includes a 3/4-inch or smaller opening. Use water and soap, and, if at all possible, pick out a red bottle to attract hummingbirds to the feeder.

Fill out the empty wine bottle with store-bought hummingbird nectar. Turn the bottle over, and fasten your finger above the opening while you look for any leaks.

Insert a hummingbird feeder tube to the wine bottle’s opening. These plastic tubes can be found in home improvement and gardening centres. Shove the end that looks like a cork into the wine bottle, and abandon the cover above another end for the time being.

Wrap heavy-duty craft wire around the bottle. Starting at the point just beneath the bottle’s lip, then wrap on the craft wire around the neck at least three to five times. Continue to wrap the bottle with the wire until you reach the bottom. Catch an additional 2 to 3 feet of slack, which you will use to make a hanger for the bottle.

Bend the end of the cable to a hangar or loop. Secure the hangar or loop above a tree branch or shepherd’s hook. Find the feeding tube, and watch for hummingbirds.

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