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    Making Bird Feeders

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Making bird feeders is essential as it can be a lifeline for so many birds through difficult months of the year. Making the right type of bird food available at the correct times of year is very important. A homemade fat or suet bird feeder is fantastic for the cold winter months. Putting whole peanuts and other large bird seed in your bird feeders around breeding time could prove fatal if they are taken back into the nests for chicks.

    %%AFC-ADVERT%%Make sure that you are using the right bird seed for your bird feeders, if you are unsure about what bird seed to use then you could find more information on the RSPB website.

     

    Making Bird Feeders for Winter Months

     

    • Fat bird feeders are suitable for late autumn, winter and cool months of spring.
    • Fat is a vital source of energy which will keep birds warm during the winter months.
    • To make a fat cake bird feeder you will need some wild bird seed mix, vegetable suet or lard, empty yoghurt pots and a mixing bowl.
    • Depending on how many fat bird feeders you want to make will alter the amount of seeds you need. The basic ratio is one measure of suet to two measures of bird seed.
    • Cut off small chunks of the lard and mix with the bird seed until you have an evenly combined mix.
    • Then transfer the mixture of bird seed and lard into a pan on a low heat. Melt the lard down until it is absorbed and the mixture is stuck together.
    • Make a small hole in the bottom of your yoghurt pots, knot and thread some string through the pots and leave enough string to tie onto the tree.
    • Once all the fat has melted and the bird seed is stuck together then you can transfer the mixture into the containers. Leave the mixture overnight in the fridge to set.
    • Take out your bird feeders the next day and cut off the yoghurt pots and hang the bird feeders outside for the birds to enjoy.

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