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)
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:
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).
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.
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. 🙂
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. 😀
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. 😉