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a gift for the birds

December 23, 2010

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 9:39 pm

    Ooh lucky birds, and after all, they deserve presents too. I wish you a garden full of beautiful creatures on Christmas morning and a wonderful wonderful day to you and yours!

  2. December 28, 2010 10:19 am

    So glad to see you back!! I’ve made so many of your Claudia scarves… just wound some pure cashmere to start another. I LOVE doing the pattern and was just checking in to remind myself of it, and here you are.
    Horrible cold and snowy weather still here, I’ve just fed the birds with some bundt cake no-one can face the sight of any longer. Dawn.

  3. January 13, 2011 6:48 pm

    that’s so sweet. i’m sure, the birds like your presents a lot šŸ™‚ we made some bird-food too last week; there was some sort of bird-counting-day here in germany which was fun!


  1. on the feast of stephen    anna branford - children's author and maker of things

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