How to make homemade bird-cakes…

I love my birds in the garden and as a keen conservationist I try to keep them fed in the winter months – especially as food can be quite scarce.

I make my own bird-cakes as they are quite cheap and easy, so I thought I would give another how to ago! 🙂

To start of with you will need:

  • 2 boxes of 200gram shredded suet or vegetarian suet (these are the sizes in the UK)
  • Some bird seed/bird friendly peanuts (about 2 large handfuls)
  • 1 saucepan, wooden spoon or whisk
  • 1 takeaway container
  • Mortar & pestle or food blender (to crush up the birdseed)

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You will need to crush up the bird seed in your mortar & pestle first or by using your food blender so that they are nice and small:

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Next, open your packets of suet and pour into the saucepan on a medium heat and stir until it becomes a golden liquid colour making sure to cook through thoroughly, it might be a bit sticky at first but if you keep stirring it soon becomes liquid (We have gas in our house but it doesn’t matter if you have electric).

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Then you add your birdseed/peanuts and stir in taking off the heat. After this you pour your cooked suet, birdseed/peanuts into your takeaway container.

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You then leave this to cool down and harden up. ( I usually leave mine overnight, you can then put it out the following morning to give the birds a treat 🙂 )

When it is hardened up you need to go round the edge with a knife and it should just come out of the container and be ready to put into your grill bird-feeder or on your bird table. 🙂

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If you have only just brought a grill bird-feeder it is best to put it up and leave it a week or so – so that the birds can get used to it. You can then make your bird-cake and put it in the feeder or simply leave on your bird table. 😀

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Make sure you keep the takeaway container as it is useful to keep any left over birdseed or peanuts that you didn’t use.

I hope you enjoyed this nice and easy how to. This can really benefit birds in the winter and if you want you can do this all year round – its great fun and every little gives nature a hand. 😀

My friend Solariahues has written a blog on how to wildlife garden in winter with some good ideas Here have a visit its good! 😀

And if you are interested in helping out nature in your garden you can have a look at the RSPB website Here This is a charity based in the UK, but it also has some great ideas that you might find interesting. 😉

 

 

 

 

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