Enhance your temper by turning your backyard right into a chook haven with our cash-saving ideas

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 NOT feeling so chirpy? It might pay to get broody about birds.

They’ve been a lockdown mood-lifter, with hundreds of us collaborating within the RSPB’s Large Backyard Birdwatch in January.

Boost your mood by turning your garden into a bird haven with our cash-saving tips

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Enhance your temper by turning your backyard right into a chook haven with our cash-saving ideasCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty

Gross sales of chook feeders virtually quadrupled final 12 months, in keeping with OnBuy.com.

However maintaining our feathered mates joyful needn’t beak the financial institution . . . 

PECK A BARGAIN: Wilko has an excellent vary of low cost and cheerful chook feeders ranging from £1. There are all kinds of shapes and sizes, to cater to most budgets. I just like the Straightforward Clear Chicken Desk, £15 — it’s a fairly picket choice that may go well with most gardens. Comparable choices price £39.99 at Robert Dyas.

SAVING: £24.99

WING IT: You can at all times make your personal feeder. There are all kinds of simple designs on-line, whether or not you wish to get helpful with wooden or PVC piping.

The simplest and most cost-effective choice I’ve discovered is a bottle feeder. Merely use an empty, clear water or milk bottle by slicing open the perimeters (so there are massive sufficient entrance holes), after which poke holes for a skinny chopstick perch.

Fill with chook seed and dangle. You can even get the youngsters adorning the bottles.

FEATHER YOUR NEST: If you happen to’ve already obtained a chook feeder however it’s seen higher days, why not spruce it up for spring? A small tester pot of paint ought to do the trick. A vibrant pastel shade, resembling Cuprinol Backyard Dazzling Yellow, £3.45 for a pattern pot at Homebase, will save forking out for a full-size pot, £14.

SAVING: £10.55

SUPER SEEDS: Watch out what you set in your chook feeder. Keep away from salted peanuts, whereas desiccated coconut might be deadly to birds if not effectively soaked.
Wilko Wild Chicken Seed Combine is £1.50 for 2kg (75p per kg), however shopping for a bigger measurement might save in the long term — a whopping 12.55kg bag of Completely happy Little Chicken Wild Chicken Seed is simply £5.29 (approx 42p per kg) at Pets At Dwelling.

SAVING: 33p per kg

  • PRICES appropriate at time of going to press. Offers and gives topic to availability.

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