Creating a milk jug bird feeder is a fun and easy way to make good use of your empty milk cartons. Before you get started, gather the tools you'll need: a milk jug, scissors, pencil, wire or string -- and bird seed, of course!
After your family has polished off a quart or more of milk, wash the empty container out. Once it's clean, let the construction begin.
Decide where you'd like to make the opening(s) -- usually on the sides away from the handle. Trace the openings with your pencil and then use the scissors to cut them out. Make them big enough for small birds, but not so large that the structural integrity of the jug will be damaged. Consider making the holes anywhere from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) wide [source: Owen]. Cut the holes a little bigger if you intend for the bird to perch itself on the edge of the hole and not on an added perch rod.
If you wish to add perches, use your pencil to poke a small hole less than an inch (2.5 cm) below the feeding holes. Punch another directly across and then push a straw, dowel rod, or unsharpened pencil through both holes. This will provide your visitors with a sturdy place to rest.
Use the pencil to poke two more small holes directly across from each other, less than an inch (2.5 cm) from the top of the jug. Thread your string or wire through, and then bring the ends up and tie them together. Now you can hang your feeder.
You're almost done. Fill the feeder with seed, up to the edge of the feeding holes. Put the cap back on the top to keep water out and hang where you please. For added fun, feel free to decorate your jug however you see fit. But remember, this feeder will be outside, so weather and time may damage your decorating efforts.
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