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Title: Nesting material for birds
Post by: 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  ;D 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!". :)

Title: Re: Nesting material for birds
Post by: liliv-1 on October 11, 2013 07:44:00 AM
:) I love your idea!

Title: Re: Nesting material for birds
Post by: stillatthetop 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 might want to eat some yourself  :D}

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  ::) Basically 1 cup of something crunchy...cracker crumbs might work}
1 Cup 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!  ;D

Happy birding!