Upcycling
Man shows simplest way to turn empty soy sauce bottles into hummingbird feeders
They're even cuter than the storebought ones.
Michael Dabu
05.18.21

Just like humans, birds need water to survive.

This is especially true during summer. When the temperatures spike, birds get thirsty and they need to quench that thirst at all costs.

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Unlike mammals, birds do not have sweat glands but they still need to drink at least twice a day.

According to the website rspb.org.uk:

“Birds get the liquid they need from their food and by drinking. Many insectivorous birds get most of their water from food. Seed-eating birds have a dry diet and they do need to drink more.”

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They also added:

“Water is freely available to small birds at the shallow edges of ponds and streams. They may also drink water droplets that form on leaves, especially if they live in woodland.”

If birds can’t get enough water supply, then we must give it to them.

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Thankfully, the man behind the YouTube channel called ‘pocket83‘ came up with a bright idea of how to do this. In an instructional video, he’s made a hummingbird feeder out of materials that can be easily found at home.

Worry not because creating it is as easy as one, two, three!

Just look for empty soy sauce containers and some wire.

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Based on the video, you are free to use other types of containers, too.

If you don’t have any, you can try looking for these materials at a dollar store.

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He makes a couple of good points about the condiment container that’s featured in the video.

  • Can withstand both cold and warm temperatures.
  • The cap which serves as the actual feeder is extremely durable.

Will it not leak when it’s turned upside down?

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The crafty guy in the video also answered this question in a very detailed manner. Not only is he resourceful, but he’s also knowledgeable too!

He also explained the different characteristics of wires he presented in the video. So, if you’re going to try this, make sure the wire is flexible and strong enough to hold the container once it’s filled with water.

Making it is so easy.

Step Number One: Empty your preferred container for the feeder.

Note: It’s highly recommended that you sterilize them first before using them.

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Step Number Two: Form the wire for the feeder holder into a spiral-like shape. You may pick among the types of wires the guy showed in the video. Make sure to curve both ends of the wire inwards to avoid injuring yourself and the birds.

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As the guy mentioned in the video, there’s no specific way of making the holder. As long as the wire gets a good grasp of the feeder, then you are all set.

You wouldn’t even break a sweat doing that, would you?

This guy sure knows what his viewers want and need.

He also shows how to make a copper chain style for the holder and what to do if ants start to swarm on the feeder. The DIY guy even shows how to effectively clean the feeder once it gets dirty.

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The guy is not just teaching people how to make something out of nothing but also caring about nature and its inhabitants.

As expected, a lot of people were amazed by his creation. One of the commenters was speechless by how cost-efficient this creation is.

“Cool dude! I went dumpster diving behind every Asian restaurant in town and grabbed all of their empty soy bottles now I have like 100 of them all over my property thanks for the tip didn’t even really cost me anything I just cut up some clothes hangers”

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While this one thanked him for inventing such a useful creation:

“Thank you! This was beautiful and I appreciate your kindness to these little creatures.”

Just visit his YouTube channel if you want to see more of this handy guy’s creations.

Watch how it’s done in the video tutorial below.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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