Water Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

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Introduction: Water Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbird feeders can get pretty expensive. I decided to build one for less than $8.00! What can be more green that feeding a beautiful specie of nature, while recycling at the same time!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

I found all of the materials other than the water bottle, at my local Lowes. You can find any of these materials at a local hardware store.
Materials
  • 1/4'' Copper Tubing $6.48 for 5 feet at Lowes. Make sure it is pliable.
  • Caulk/Sealant $1.28 at Lowes. Food safe caulk would work the best.
  • Water bottle- You can find these in the trash.

Tools
  • Drill with a 1/8 in. drill bit
  • Hacksaw to cut the copper tubing
  • Measuring device

Step 2: The Cap Hole

Take your drill, and using the 1/8 in. size drill bit, drill a hole directly in the center of the cap. We are using a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the copper tubing. This way, when we fit the copper tubing into the cap, there won't be mush extra space. Water bottle caps sometimes have a little piece of plastic right in the center of the cap, so you can use that as your guideline.

When you finish drilling the hole, try to remove and excess plastic pieces that are in the cap.

Step 3: Cut the Tubing

Take your copper tubing, and measure 6in. from the end. I made my feeder with about 2in. inside of the bottle, and about 4in. outside of the bottle. Mark the six inches , and then take your hacksaw and cut the piece.

Step 4: Double Checking

Take the piece of tubing you just cut, and push it through the hole on the cap that you just drilled. You want it to be fairly snug, and if it is too loose, then find a new cap and drill a slightly smaller hole.

If the piece of tubing is secure, then we can move on.

Step 5: Seal

Take your sealant, and on both sides of the cap, place sealant around the tubing where it is in contact with the cap.

This will be crucial when we fill it up with feed.

Then let it dry. To be safe, let it dry for a good 24 hours.

Step 6: Bend

Once the caulk/sealant has dried, take the longer end of the copper tubing, and slightly bend it. Do not bend it to a right angle, about 45-60 degree angle would work.

Step 7: Building the Hanger

Time to build the device that will hold the feeder up. Find a metal clothing hanger, and clip off the top hook, and you can discard it.

Now stretch the hanger out into a straight line. On on end of the hanger, make a little hook. Now wrap the one end of the hanger (the side with the hook) around the mid-section of the bottle. As the end with the mini hook meets up with the rest of the hanger, clip the hook around it, securing it to the bottle. The third picture will help you visualize this.

Now, on the other end of the hook, make a more rounded hook, big enough to that it can hook on to wherever you want to hand the feeder up.

Step 8: Fill It Up

Fill the bottle up as much as you can with a hummingbird feed.

Here is a recipe that I found via Thrifty Fun,
Bring 4 cups water to a boil and stir in 1 cup sugar. Stir to dissolve. When cool, pour into the pitcher and refrigerate until needed.

The above recipe is relatively simple, and very inexpensive, as opposed to purchasing hummingbird feed straight from a store.

Pour your feed into the water bottle, screw the cap on tightly and securely, place the feeder up, and there you go!

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    41 Comments

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    crod716
    crod716

    Tip 8 months ago on Step 8

    just a tip, try not to use store-bought hummingbird feed since it contains preservatives which are not good for the hummingbirds and also you do not have to boil the water since the germs do not come from the water or the sugar the germs that cause the problems when the hummingbird feeders are not cleaned come from the hummingbirds beaks..

    Clean your feeders at least every three days or whenever you change them and you should not have a problem not boiling the water

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    crod716
    crod716

    Tip 8 months ago

    I decided to post some pictures now, the first one is a glass water bottle with a slightly holographic piece of plastic wrapped around the bottle to draw attention and I used a piece of rubber oxygen tubing instead of the copper pipe to prevent sharp edges,

    The second image is also a glass bottle oh, it has a screw top and I poked a hole in the middle and used a shorter piece probably a half inch long of oxygen tubing to shove through the hole and there is a fake flower attached to the end. The flower has a hole in the middle of the flower that fits over the tube so in a sense they are sticking their tongue directly into the center of the flower to feed.
    I find that glass bottles work better since cleaning is important when it comes to feeding the hummingbirds or else the sugar water May ferment and cause problems for the birds. I also find that screw caps work better than quarks since corks do sometimes tend to slip loose especially if the bottle isn't cleaned and slime develops around the neck.
    I do have a store-bought hummingbird feeder but it does not seem to work as well and I use the same recipe to put in that feeder as I do my homemade feeders. I think it's the simple fact that it is all plastic and it's pretty dull, it doesn't shine very well since it's plastic and I find that the birds seem to be attracted to Glass better anyway. And not to ramble on but I find it works better if you put room temperature nectar or sugar water out for them because if you use cold it will end up getting up in the sun and the pressure difference will cause it to squirt out of your feeder all over what's underneath

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    BillM163
    BillM163

    4 years ago

    WHAT IS STOPPING THE WATER FROM COMING OUT?

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    killbox
    killbox

    Reply 2 years ago

    air trying to come in.

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    crod716
    crod716

    Reply 8 months ago

    Doesn't this also prevent the water from coming out when the hummingbirds feed?

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    crod716
    crod716

    Question 8 months ago on Step 8

    I'm just curious about the water bottle method. when I fill mine and screw the cap on and tip the bottle upside down it doesn't seem like anything runs down the tube most likely due to suction since there's no way for air to make its way back into the bottle so I'm wondering if this method will actually work to feed the hummingbirds..
    Does anyone have any experience with these water bottle into feeders? If so I would like to make one out of glass since glass would be easier to clean.
    I've tried my hand at making a few out of some glass bottles that were boiled just to make sure what was in them before would not hurt the hummingbirds I will post pictures if I get a reply from this post

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    cecilchristian
    cecilchristian

    9 months ago

    Very curious how you got a 1/4" copper tube into an 1/8" hole...?

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    Van_Franklin
    Van_Franklin

    9 years ago on Introduction

    OK I made one all the water drained out as soon as I up ended it. I used a cork instead of the cap but it sealed off the water when I plugged the tube end. So no air getting in there. Any ideas?

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    RoseS92
    RoseS92

    Reply 2 years ago

    I have the same question? how to prevent water coming out

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    killbox
    killbox

    Reply 2 years ago

    a thin enough tube should prevent the water/syrup from flowing out. be sure to stop any leaks where air can get in. you should only get about a tablespoon out before the vaccuum at the top is great enough to hold the water in.

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    khouse2
    khouse2

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    did you get this to work?
    khouse6@dtccom.net

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    RoseS92
    RoseS92

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    will the water just spill out?

    And is the compound to make the tube fit toxic to birds?????

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    gajanan909
    gajanan909

    3 years ago

    Can copper harmful for humming bird

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    unjust
    unjust

    12 years ago on Introduction

    please use food safe caulk! any adhesive is NOT ok, as they can leach some NASTY things and you;ll kill your lil visitors. look for "food safe" or safe for use on aquariums. generally this is ONLY silicone caulk, not silicone "II"

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    trigo108
    trigo108

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    http://www.gluehow.com/glues?tag=Food-Safe

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    LesB
    LesB

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    There is an "aquarium safe" silicone. That would work.

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    jatrophacostarica
    jatrophacostarica

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    instead of caulk, you could use wax.  Just melt a candle and add a few drips to the cap.  Cheap, earth-friendly, and nontoxic (use plain wax, not scented, just in case)

    or bubble gum. seriously.  mash it in.  it'll last a frighteningly long time.

    or a cork (from wine, for example)

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    sbees
    sbees

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting but not safe for the hummingbirds, the sharp edges of the cut copper tubing, may hurt them........When you cut any kind of metal, it leaves VERY sharp edges, that needs to be file.

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    foobear
    foobear

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I love that copper tubing - so beautiful. Love hummers too!