We like to make our own bird feeders so that there are no Allergy Brother allergens lurking in them when the boys handle them.
250g Suet or lard (you can get vegetable suet, if you avoid animal products)
250g Berries, nuts, dried fruit, oats, cheese, birdseed (choose the things that you are not allergic to)
Yoghurt pots or small plant pots
Dolly pegs, lolly sticks or twigs
- Melt the suet or lard either by melting in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water or by putting it in a bowl in the microwave for a minute.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the suet or lard. Set this aside to cool until the lard or suet becomes opaque, but it is still soft enough to spoon into your pots.
- While, the mixture is cooling, assemble the pots. Make a hole in the bottom of the pot. Tie the twine on to the peg, stick or twig then thread it up through the hole. Finally make a loop to hang the feeder.
- Fill as many of your containers as you can with your mixture and allow it to cool and solidify completely.
- Cut away the plastic pot and recycle.
- Choose a suitable spot in your garden, at least 1.5m off the ground with some foliage to shelter shy species of birds.You might like to make a variety of bird feeders. There is another idea here.