How to Make Homemade Bird Seed Treats?

How to Make Homemade Bird Seed Treats?
Making homemade bird seed treats are not only a treat for the birds, it's also a great activity to get the whole family involved in. You will not only be making food for the birds to enjoy, but you will also be spending quality time with your kids. There are many recipes for making homemade bird seed treats and most are quite easy to make. Some may be messy, but who cares about the mess when you are having fun. The birds will thank you for your effort.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Bird Seed Bird Balls

Things You’ll Need:
  • Newspaper 3 plastic bowls Spoon 1 pound Crisco 6 cups of uncooked oats 1 16-ounce jar of peanut butter 6 cups of corn meal 3 cups of raisins 3 cups of unshelled sunflower seeds 1 cup of lard 1 1/2 cups peanut butter with peanuts 1 cup mixed bird seed Pine cones Twine
  • Newspaper
  • 3 plastic bowls
  • Spoon
  • 1 pound Crisco
  • 6 cups of uncooked oats
  • 1 16-ounce jar of peanut butter
  • 6 cups of corn meal
  • 3 cups of raisins
  • 3 cups of unshelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of lard
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter with peanuts
  • 1 cup mixed bird seed
  • Pine cones
  • Twine
 
Step 1
Lay down pieces of newspaper on top of a table to collect any mess that might be made. Making these bird balls can get quite messy and with newspaper you will be able to fold the mess up and toss it in the trash.
Step 2
Mix the Crisco, six cups of oats, one jar of peanut butter, one cup of sunflower seeds, one cup of raisins and five cups of corn meal together inside of a large plastic bowl. Use a spoon to stir the mixture. Use your hands to mix the ingredients if the spoon is not working well.
Step 3
Roll the mixture into four or five balls, packing it together well with your hands. Make the balls smaller or larger if you desire.
Step 4
Mix the remaining sunflower seeds and raisins together inside of the second plastic bowl. Roll each ball into the mixture until each is well coated.
Step 5
Place a bird seed bird ball into the bird feeder and wait for the birds to come. Freeze any remaining balls and take them out when the feeder needs refilling.

Peanut Butter and Bird Seed Pine Cones

Step 1
Melt one cup of lard (Crisco can be substituted) in the microwave in a plastic bowl. Add the 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter and blend the mixture together well. Allow the mixture to stand for approximately five minutes.
Step 2
Add one cup of corn meal and one cup of bird seed to the mixture and stir together until it is well mixed.
Step 3
Tie a piece of twine to the top of the pine cone. Make sure the twine is long enough to tie to a tree branch outside and allow the pine cone to dangle freely.
Step 4
Smash the mixture into the openings of the pine cone. Make sure to cover the entire pine cone in the peanut butter and seed mixture. Hang your pine cone outside and wait for the birds to come and enjoy it.
 

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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