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How to Make Suet Bird Feeders for Winter Visitors

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Not all birds fly south for the winter, with many smaller birds such as Robins and Tits struggling to survive the harsh winter months. There are many small changes you can make to your garden that will make a big difference to the wildlife you attract. We have put together a step by step guide to show you how to make your own suet fat balls to attract song birds to your garden this winter.

 

What you will need:

  • Rendered suet, tallow or lard, at room temperature.
  • A bag of mixed wild bird seed (make sure it is a safe brand!).
  • A bag of raw sunflower seeds for wild birds.
  • Chopped dried apples, blueberries and cranberries.
  • Chopped raw peanuts.
  • Plastic containers (old cream cheese and dip pots work well).
  • A large bowl.
  • Spoons (wooden and metal).
  • Thick cotton or hemp twine.

 

How to Make Bird Feeders

  1. Poke or melt holes through the bottoms of your plastic containers, and thread about 4 inches of twine through each hole. For each one, make a sturdy knot (tied 2-3 times), and on the outside of the container allow another 2 feet of twine to hang freely. This will be the hanger for your fat ball, whilst the knotted bit is the anchor within the centre of it.
  2. Heat the suet on a low heat in a saucepan until it is completely melted.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the various seeds and dried fruit, then pour the melted fat in the mix.
  4. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it is mixed thoroughly , and then use a combination of metal and wooden spoons to dole it out evenly into the containers.
  5. Leave them to cool and harden for a couple of hours.
  6. Once solid, cut away the containers or pop the disks out.
  7. Hang your feeders in shady spots from sturdy tree branches, and prepare to see the birds from your neighbourhood flock to peck on your tasty treats.