The process of making homemade bird feeders is enjoyable for children and adults alike. Whether it's springtime and birds are becoming more active or you want to provide food for birds in the winter, homemade bird feeders are simple to make, provide your local birds with food and allow you to relax and enjoy watching nature. With growing concerns over peanut allergies, nut-based bird feeders are made less and less. Once an inexpensive classroom activity or family craft, the need to avoid peanut products leaves some in the position to find an alternate ingredient to replace peanut butter.
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Things you need
- 227gr beef suet
- Sauce pan
- Hot pad
- 2 cups corn flour
- 1/2 cup dried fruit
- 1/2 cup bird seed mix
- Wooden spoon
- 4 pine cones
- Waxed paper
Place 227gr. beef suet in a sauce pan. Melt the suet slowly, over low heat. Remove the pan from the hob and allow it to cool on a hot pad for five minutes.
Pour 2 cups corn flour, 1/2 cup dried fruit and 1/2 cup bird seed mix into the melted beef suet. Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon until mixed well.
Allow the suet mixture to cool until solidified but not hard. Scoop 1/4 of the mixture out with the wooden spoon and press it into the sides of a pine cone. Repeat this step with the other three pine cones.
Lay the suet-covered pine cones on a piece of waxed paper and allow them to set for several hours or overnight.
Tie twine around the narrow end of the pine cone, leaving a 6-inch tail at both ends of the string. Wrap the twine pieces around a tree branch and secure them with a knot so you can observe birds eating from the suet feeder.
Tips and warnings
- Form the suet mixture into a baseball-sized ball and place it in an empty mesh produce bag. Hang the bag outdoors so birds can enjoy the suet, fruits and seeds.
- Alter your bird food by mixing in nuts or different types of bird seed.
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