Winter can be a difficult time for wildlife, since much of their food supply is used up or covered with snow. Homeowners can help by providing nesting boxes and food. Different birds have different nutritional needs found in seeds, nuts, berries and other fruit, but they also need a supply of fat. Providing suets is a handy way to give them both, but the cost can add up. Making your own bird seed balls is easy, a fun family activity and can save you money while providing your feathered friends with a much needed food supply
Place the suet in a saucepan and melt over medium heat. When it has melted strain it into a bowl. Let it cool for two minutes.
Add the molasses, peanut butter, bacon grease, oatmeal and cornmeal to the strained suet. Mix well to coat all the dry ingredients with suet.
Mix in as much bird seed as needed to get the mixture to clump together. Put on your gloves to avoid getting greasy.
Roll your mixture into balls and coat them with more bird seed by rolling them in the food. Cut enough twine to wrap around the ball and still form a loop. Press the twine into the ball a bit so it will stick, then tie a knot on top.
Chill the balls well until the suet sets. Tie the twine to a tree branch or feeding station and enjoy watching the birds.
Things you need
- 0.907kg. ground suet
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup bacon grease
- 0.454kg. oatmeal
- 1 cup cornmeal
- Wild bird seed with sunflower seeds
- Mixing bowl
- Food service gloves or latex gloves