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
Melt the suet in a frying pan over low heat, and allow it to cool until it is thick but soft.
Add all of the other ingredients to the suet in the pan and combine to thoroughly mix.
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.
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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