a gift for the birds
The prolonged cold snap can be hard on wildlife. When I heard from my mother that she’d found a dead wren in her garden, I decided we should make some fat balls for the birds. Although they don’t look terribly appetising, they’re full of things that birds like to eat.
We started off by threading some string through some used yoghurt pots and securing with a cocktail stick.
We then melted a pat of lard in a pan and when it was liquid added the dry ingredients to it. We used bird seed, breadcrumbs, raisins and porridge oats but there’s lots of other things you could use – cheese, bacon rind, grated apple, cooked potatoes….. In terms of quantities, I just guessed and kept adding dry until the mixture looked a suitable consistency – don’t make it too dry though as it may crumble when you remove from the pots. Next, we spooned the mixture into the pots and put in the fridge for a few hours to set. I found the easisest way to unmould the cakes was to cut off the yoghurt pots with some sharp scissors then remove the cocktail stick.
The Little One was very helpful choosing spots for the feeders and I’m hoping we’ll have plenty of fat, happy birds in our garden over Christmas!
For additional info about feeding the birds take a peek at the rspb site here.