Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Homemade Bird Suet & Treats

Good Morning Everyone :)  In my last post, I promised that I would share pics of the homemade pine cone bird feeders and goodies that I made.  So, to keep my promise, here they are...


Halved oranges make great little bowls which can be filled with all sorts of treats.  I placed cranberries in these, but the possibilities are many- bird seed, sunflower seeds, nuts, grapes and other kinds of berries.  

Small fruits such as pears or apples can easily become a hanging treat for your backyard birds.  I purchased small pears and inserted flat-tipped screws in the center of them.  I placed a small bow on top for decoration then tied thin string around the head of the screw.  

For the heart-shaped cereal treats, I strung some store brand froot loops onto flexible wire then topped it off with checkered ribbon.  Note that sugary treats for birds should be limited because they have little nutritional value.  I made only a couple of these for decoration purposes. 

There's a thousand ways to prepare homemade bird suet and I wasn't sure which recipe to use, but I settled on one to try out.  They're all easy, but I can remember this:  Melt 1/3 cup of lard on low heat. Add about 2 tablespoons peanut butter while lard is still warm and stir together.  Then mix in 2/3 cup to 1 cup of dry ingredients (bird seed, oats, peanuts, raisins, etc) to desired consistency.  Suet mixture can be scooped into muffin pans, small plastic bowls, etc. or shaped into cakes for your suet feeder. Refrigerate until ready to use.   

The pine cone bird feeders were so easy to make.  I simply covered the pine cones with peanut butter then rolled them in a bowl of dry ingredients (bird seed, oats, peanuts, crumbled bread).  Using a fork, I pushed the ingredients into the pine cone, filling in the spaces.  Lastly, I decorated the pine cone with ribbon and added a string to hang it with.  It can't get any simpler than that, folks!  :)

Wishing you all a great day!  Thanks for stopping by...




5 comments:

  1. My squirrel minions would love these. Yum.

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  2. so very cute and i'm sure much appreciated!

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  3. really neat ways to feed the birds.

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  4. Your feeders look beautiful! I think the birds are in for a real treat!

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  5. Wow, these are wonderful treats for the birds. Great ideas.. Thanks for sharing... Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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