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Jug Bird Feeder

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Jug Bird Feeder


A Jug Bird Feeder is the easiest of all the bird feeder projects I have ever see. I can still remember building Bird Feeders out of every kind of object we could find. Most were flops either because they were not constructed right or we just didn’t have enough initiative to finish them! Either way, it was nowhere near as easy as this project. This is one that will last year round also! 

Be sure to hang your feeder on a limb away from cats and predators! Make it as difficult or impossible for predators to reach them while they feed! If this is put in a location where predators can reach it, it becomes a trap for your feathered friends!

 Materials for: Jug Bird Feeder

  • A one-gallon plastic jug like a Purex bottle with a screw cap or a Gallon bottle with a handle on the back side.
  • Scissors
  • A piece of rope or twine

Instructions for: Jug Bird Feeder

  1. Wash out the bottle. Make sure it is very clean. If it is a bleach bottle make sure you cannot smell the bleach anymore.
  2. Take a pair of Scissors (Get an adult to help with this) cut an opening in the side of the bottle opposite of the handle. Start about 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom and cut a 4″ x 5″ opening.
  3. Tie a piece of small rope or heavy twine around the handle just below the bottle cap.
  4. Hang the bottle from a limb or something suspended out of the reach of predators such as cats and keep it full of seed.

Your birds will love this new feeder.

You can purchase Bird Feed at our affiliate below if it is not readily accessible to you.


See how many different birds come to your new Jug Bird Feeder. You can always make a ledger for the kids to keep track of how many different species come to the feeder throughout the year! You may be surprised at how many new birds stop by on their way just traveling through.

Here in Kentucky, we are blessed with Cardinals, Robins, Blue Jays, Blue Birds, and Finch that dominate our feeders in the winter months. There are numerous birds that come by in the summer months!

Blue Jay Photo provided by: WIKI
Jug Bird Feeder Blue Jay
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