How to make your own fat ball bird feeders!
This is a really simple project that you and your little ones can do together. The perfect way to attract some birds to your garden or outside space.
You will need
• Mixed bird seed (2 parts)
• Lard, beef suet or vegetable oil (1 part)
What you need to do
Take your mixed bird seed & lard, suet or vegetable oil & measure out 2 parts seed to one part lard, suet or vegetable oil.
Place the ingredients into a saucepan & gently heat, while stirring all the time. Continue to heat until the fat melts completely.
Once cooled enough to touch, pour a small amount of the mixture on to a surface. Take your length of string and cut to length (40cm should be plenty). Lay the string through the centre.
With the string through the centre of the mixture, mould the mix into a ball shape. We think 8 / 10cm balls should be big enough. Continue to make them until you've used up your mixture!
Once you have formed the mixture into ball shapes, place them in a plastic tub or tray with plenty of space around each one (to stop them sticking together!). Place in the freezer & leave until they have set firm.
Once they have set firm, they are ready to hang! You can hang them from a bird table or feeder, your favourite tree or anywhere the birds can get to!
You're all set!
Grab your spotter sheets & binoculars & start spotting! You can keep making these fat ball bird feeders all year round & enjoy all the birds that come & visit :-)
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