We made sure our lard was just melted and not boiling then popped our finished cakes into the fridge to set. Remember you can also use suet or even buy pre-prepared bird butter from your local pet store. you could also use seeds that you may already have in your cupboard to make bird cakes with.Here is a recipe from the RSPB that can be easily followed, just click the link below.
Olivia took her love heart shaped bird cakes to school to present for show and tell this morning. I think they will look very dainty hanging from the big oak tree in the playground.
Below are just a few tips from the RSPB on how and what to feed birds in your garden
Bird cake and food bars
Fat balls and other fat-based food bars are excellent winter food. If they are sold in nylon mesh bags, always remove the bag before putting the fat ball out – the soft mesh can trap and injure birds. You can make your own bird cake by pouring melted fat (suet or lard) onto a mixture of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, cheese and cake. Use about one-third fat to two-thirds mixture. Stir well in a bowl and allow it to set in a container of your choice. An empty coconut shell, plastic cup or tit bell makes an ideal bird cake ‘feeder’. Alternatively, you can turn it out onto your birdtable when solid.
Bird seed mixtures
There are different mixes for feeders and for bird tables and ground feeding. The better mixtures contain plenty of flaked maize, sunflower seeds, and peanut granules.
Small seeds, such as millet, attract mostly house sparrows, dunnocks, finches, reed buntings and collared doves, while flaked maize is taken readily by blackbirds. Tits and greenfinches favour peanuts and sunflower seeds. Mixes that contain chunks or whole nuts are suitable for winter feeding only. Pinhead oatmeal is excellent for many birds. Wheat and barley grains are often included in seed mixtures, but they are really only suitable for pigeons, doves and pheasants, which feed on the ground and rapidly increase in numbers, frequently deterring the smaller species.
Avoid seed mixtures that have split peas, beans, dried rice or lentils as again only the large species can eat them dry. These are added to some cheaper seed mixes to bulk them up. Any mixture containing green or pink lumps should also be avoided as these are dog biscuit, which can only be eaten when soaked.
Why not try feeding the birds yourself? Or leave out some fresh water for them to enjoy.
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If you enjoyed this post you may also like to read about looking after other wildlife in your garden too!