Drill two sets of holes in the small plastic bowl(s).

Drill small holes at the very bottom (base) of the small bowl for the wire that will attach the feeder to the bowl. The holes should align with the crossbars of the feeder. We’ll turn the bowl upside down to insert it into the water bowl.

If you stack two small bowls (for height), you only need to drill these small holes in the outermost bowl.

Drill 8-10 larger holes into the side of the bowl(s), where they will be under the waterline. These holes let the water in and create the suction that holds the feeder in place. We get a fair amount of wind, yet this design is surprisingly stable, even when the food bottle is nearly empty.

If you stacked two small bowls, drill the large holes through both bowls at the same time to ensure the holes align.

Attach the bowl with the small holes to the base of the feeder using the thin wire. Sure, you could probably glue the bottom of the feeder to the upturned bowl. (I luv glue guns!) But glue probably won’t hold up to the periodic scrubbing that a bird feeder needs.

Fill the replacement bottle with hummingbird food and screw it into the base of the feeder. Turn it over quickly. (Best to do that over the sink or outside.) Skip the red dye in the sugar water — the birds don’t need it.

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