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Two Easy Ways to Refill Bird Feeders

By: Garden Gate staff
Tired of spilling birdseed everywhere when refilling your feeders? We have two simple ways to refill birdseed without making a mess!

ht-feeder-refill-lead: Recycle a used milk jug to use as both a scoop and a funnel for refilling your birdfeeders.

DIY Birdseed scoop

Don’t struggle to balance a funnel while pouring birdseed. Refill your bird feeders the quick and mess-free way with this tip from Norma Anderson of Illinois!

Wash out an empty gallon milk jug and, once it's dry, screw the lid back on. Then cut into the plastic just below the handle, continuing at an angle towards the bottom of the milk jug. Circle around the bottom and back towards the handle — now the jug resembles an oversized scoop like you see above.

Easily refill bird feeders with this DIY Scoop: Remove the milk jug cap and the birdseed flows easily into this tube feeder.

Easily refill bird feeders without spilling

This new shape allows you to shovel a large amount of birdseed straight from the storage bin. While holding the jug above the feeder, unscrew the lid and just let the seed empty out, like you see above. With help from this handy scoop, you can easily refill feeders anywhere.

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Use a watering can to refill bird feeders: Steady the spout as you pour to be extra sure the seed goes where it's supposed to.

Repurpose a watering can to refill bird feeders

Another easy funnel replacement for your feeder is your watering can. Pour or scoop birdseed into a clean, dry watering can and remove the rose. Then hold it over the feeder and pour in the seeds, just like you see at above.

The spout is slim and narrow, like a funnel, and can fit easily into the top of any type of feeder, so the seeds slide right in every time you need to refill, rather than scattering.

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Published: March 30, 2018
Updated: Nov. 20, 2020

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