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stillatthetop
« on: September 22, 2013 04:28:41 PM »

Fall is upon us. This may have been posted before, but I thought I might remind you kind friends for Spring time.

This is a very easy project to help our fine feathered outdoor friends. Just save up your "scraps". Small bits of fabric, yarn (less than 6" is a good size...don't want to strangle the critters while they fly with them!) a wad or pile of hay/lawn clippings helps, too. Put them in an old onion bag, or similar netting. Tie it to a tree branch, or on a porch railing.

They will reward you by pooping on your deck  Grin Just kidding. They will make new babies for the seasons, too. For those that enjoy outdoor birds.

Son wanted me to buy a bird. I told him I have thousands of birds. Eyes wide he asked, "Where are they???" I said, "Look outside the window!". Smiley

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liliv-1
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2013 07:44:00 AM »

Smiley I love your idea!
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stillatthetop
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014 01:39:34 PM »

Thank you!
Just another bump up. Egg laying time is here in my neck of the woods.

Bird suet treats:
I don't know where I got the original recipe, but I have changed it. It is not hard. Kids can help!

1 Cup peanut butter
1 Cup Shortening (Crisco)
2 T bacon drippings/grease {this makes it smell good...you might want to eat some yourself  Cheesy}

Mix that up. You can melt it slightly if it makes it easier to mix. You will freeze it later into cubes.

Then you mix and add:

2 Cups bread crumbs
1 Cup bird seed
1 Cup nuts
{I use crunched peanuts...which are not a nut...but sesamee seeds are good, too. Again not a nut...but change it up. The birds don't care  Roll Eyes Basically 1 cup of something crunchy...cracker crumbs might work}
1 Cup raisins...you can chop, but I am lazy and don't, again the birds don't mind.
1/4 Cup white flour
1/2 Cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 Cup quick oats

A little more flour if it seems too sticky when you mix, but then you plop it into ice cube trays, freeze, and dump them out and store the cakes into a zippy bag in the freezer until you wish to use them. You can run a string through them and hang on a branch, or if you have a feeder like mine...I built a suet cage at the end. My woodpeckers love it!  Grin

Happy birding!

~T
« Last Edit: May 26, 2014 01:45:30 PM by stillatthetop » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Wanting 6" x 6" I spy panels. For a quilt like this:
http://www.grammasbabystuff.com/I_Spy_-_Hill_3_Finished_Smaller.jpg
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson.
http://www.pinterest.com/topofthehill298/
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