Homemade Bird Seed Bell

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Homemade Bird Seed Bell
Homemade bird seed bells are a great way to attract wild birds to your backyard. (Blaumeise im Winter image by reises from Fotolia.com)

Making your own bird treats is easy and provides birds with a lot more variety than your standard prepackaged bird seed. Homemade bird seed bells are a great way to feed birds in the winter, as they hold up better to the elements. They also leave less mess and attract fewer seed-eating pests like mice and squirrels.

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Things you need

  • 4 cups suet
  • 1 cup bird seed
  • 1 cup dried fruit, like raisins
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup nuts or rolled oats
  • Frying pan
  • Cloth mesh
  • String
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Melt the suet in a frying pan over low heat, and allow it to cool until it is thick but soft.

  2. 2

    Add all of the other ingredients to the suet in the pan and combine to thoroughly mix.

  3. 3

    Form the mixture into large, fist-sized balls or bell shapes using your hands once it is cool enough to touch. Many garden and pet stores sell special bell-shaped moulds that the mixture can be pressed into, but the suet ball does not have to be bell-shaped.

  4. 4

    Cut the cloth mesh into squares large enough to encapsulate each suet bell. Wrap each bell in a mesh square, and tie each package shut at the top with string. Each bird seed bell can be hung on tree branches outdoors.

Tips and warnings

  • Suet is a form of beef fat that surrounds a cow's internal organs. It is available from most butchers and some grocery stores.

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