How to Use Copper to Make Hummingbird Feeders

How to Use Copper to Make Hummingbird Feeders
Hummingbirds are a favorite of birdwatchers, and it's a good thing, because it takes more effort to care for a hummingbird feeder than a regular bird feeder. Hummingbirds drink nectar rather than eating bird seed, and during hot summers the nectar needs to be replaced every day or two. The bright plumage of hummingbirds combined with their tiny size and rapidly fluttering wings make it well worth the effort. Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic soda bottle
  • 6-inch length of 1/4-inch copper tubing
  • Water
  • Drill with 7/16-inch bit
  • File
  • Glue gun
  • Red silk flower
  • Scissors
  • Picture hanging wire
 
Step 1
Wash out a used plastic soda bottle and cap, and a 6-inch length of 1/4-inch copper tubing with clean water. Drill a hole in the cap of the soda bottle with a 7/16-inch drill bit. File the ends of the copper tubing to remove any rough edges.
Step 2
Bend the copper tubing 40 degrees approximately two inches from the top. Insert the top of the copper tubing into the bottle cap so that four inches remain outside the cap. Apply a small amount of hot glue around the copper tubing inside and outside the bottle cap.
Step 3
Attach a red silk flower to the 4-inch portion of copper tubing on the outside of the bottle cap. Use scissors to snip a hole in the base of the flower and slide it through the tubing. Secure the flower with hot glue.
Step 4
Tie picture hanging wire tightly around the bottom of the plastic soda bottle, leaving enough excess length to tie a loop to hang the homemade hummingbird feeder from a tree.
Step 5
Fill the homemade hummingbird feeder with nectar, screw the cap on tightly and hang it from a tree.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
You can make your own hummingbird nectar by boiling four parts water with one part sugar and allowing it to cool. Extra nectar can be refrigerated for three weeks.
 
Hummingbird nectar will attract ants and bees as well as hummingbirds. Do not place the hummingbird feeder where the nectar can drip on your patio or home.

Article Written By Elizabeth Grace

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Elizabeth Grace is a freelance writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Pepperdine University, and has 15 years of experience developing marketing campaigns for universities and multinational corporations.

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