Making Your Own Feeder From Hopper Bird Feeder Plans
A hopper bird feeder has seed storage built right into the design. While there are drawbacks, the big advantage is that you do not have to refill
The handy hopper is perfect for those who can’t make the trek out to the backyard every day to refill it, as well as for those who like to keep their bird friends fed during the winter months. The seed is kept in a covered container that protects it from the elements – and from overzealous birds and squirrels. A small amount of feed is released from a slit at the bottom of the container into a tray. As it empties, more seed spills out thanks to gravity.
It is a very simple system but remarkably effective.
These hopper bird feeders can accommodate commercial seed mixes, millet, sunflower, and virtually any seed you (and your birds) like. You can keep squirrels and heavy birds from gobbling up your seed by making a weighted feeder. You can modify your bird feeder plans to add an adjustable counterweight designed to close the food access ports when a squirrel tries to eat.
You typically don’t have to fill the container every day, which is perfect when you’d rather spend a few more minutes in bed rather than trucking out to the yard. Birds who don’t make the first seating can still get fresh feed, and it is also a perfect solution for keeping your birds fed while you’re on vacation.
What could possibly be a downside to this great system? In many designs,
the storage container takes up the bulk of the space, while the eating tray is reduced to a narrow ledge. These feeders are also more expensive than
simple tray feeders. This makes sense because the design is more complex – but it doesn’t make it any easier on the wallet.
You can solve both of these problems with one solution: when you use bird feeder plans, you can make your own. Just by using scraps of wood in your garage, you can create an efficient hopper bird feeder that has the features you want, like a wider tray beneath the storage container for more eating area, without the cost.