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Insulating Your Hummingbird Feeder
Insulated hummingbird feeder
Here's an idea for people who enjoy hummingbirds at their feeders. It's a simple project in which a plastic protector acts like double glazing glass does, helping to keep the sugar solution cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Small water bottle
Masking tape and bottle lid
You'll need a small plastic water bottle that you can find at a dollar store. You'll also need some masking tape, glue, sandpaper, a hacksaw, a drill and a piece of wire.
Draw a line in the centre of the masking tape. Remove the lid from the water bottle and discarding the unwanted plastic, drill a hole in the middle for the hanging wire.
Water bottle is marks
Place the feeder bottle alongside the water bottle.
Scratch a mark on the bottom of bottle about 1/2 an inch shorter than the feeder bottle.
Masking tape is wrapped around the bottle
Stick the masking tape you marked onto the bottle. The pencil line of the masking tape should be over the scratch you made. This will be the guide line for when you cut off the bottle's bottom.
Bottom of bottle is cut off
Carefully, with a hacksaw or other fine-toothed saw, cut off the bottom of the water bottle along the pencil mark.
Bottom is removed
Hanging wire added
The bottom can be discarded. Remove the remaining masking tape and clean up the cut edge with some sandpaper.
Push a length of wire through the feeder and form it into a loop for hanging.
Gluing the top of the feeder bottle
Bottle slides over the feeder
Put a line of glue around the top of the feeder bottle where it will come into contact with the bottle.
Place the bottle of the food container and hold it in place while the glue sets.
Assembled feeder
Feed the wire through the lid and screw it onto the bottle. Fill the feeder with your hummingbirds' favourite sugar water and screw on the base. Then hang it in its usual location.
A hummer visits the feeder
Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
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