Wanted to share with you something I started doing last winter. I feel such a connection to our feathered friends and I have many living here in the trees and bushes that my husband didn't cut down yet. Hopefully I will be able to catch some photos and add them to this.
I always put out dry bird food, but someone told me that I should not feed birds in the summer because they have plenty then and if they don't have to hunt for their food they will get lazy and not bother looking for food if they know its always there. Not sure if that is true, but I slacked off feeding them in the summer.
Well I heard that those suet bells are really good for the birds in winter because it gives them some extra fat to keep warm. Anyhow, one day I got the idea to make my own. There is probably already directions for this online, but this is what I did. I rarely cook with fat, but sometimes I have bacon grease or leftover coconut oil from frying chicken and thought I hate to throw this away, then the proverbial light bulb went off and I started saving the fat in containers. So I got a big bowl and put some dry seed in and mixed some of the fat, I don't measure, I just eye it up, you will know when it is good consistency and I used 1 pint plastic containers to pour it in. The first time I put strings in, kind of like when making a candle, the string is like the wick. Then I store them in the frig.
They harden up a little and pop right out then hang on the tree and watch the birdies have a breakfast party. So it passed their taste test. You can use whatever size containers you have, but not too big and any fat will work as long as it is the kind that gets semi-solid at room temp. Even make tiny ones in ice cube trays. You can use string to hang or just wedge them in the branches, that is what I did this year, and this is also an easy craft for the kids too. Just remember to keep them chilled. Of course if you have squirrels, they will probably eat some too.
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