Peanut Butter On A Stick

by Taya Titchenell
(Frazeysburg , Ohio )

Birds love this treat I make it all the time. In winter is when they love it the most.



You Will Need:

* A good size stick,break off the sticks that are on it.
* Peanut butter smooth or chunky it doesn't matter.
* Bird seed and or peanuts,raisins,fruit ect.
* String to tie on the stick.
* Knife to put on the peanut butter.


After you have everything put the string on, hang it up somewhere. Then spread the peanut butter on the stick, make sure there are spaces on the stick so the bird can perch without getting peanut butter on their feathers. Get your seed and other things you want to put on it and put it in your hand and put it on the peanut butter. When you are done hang it up outside and watch as birds enjoy the treat you made for them.
P.S. in winter you might have to make it every day if birds love it in your area.

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Beware!
by: Anonymous

Peanut Butter should NEVER be given directly to birds because there is a great possibility of choking. It is fine to mix it with bread crumbs or some other type of grain material. Best case scenario: melt equal parts of peanut butter, lard (not vegetable shortening. Then add a mixture of flour, corn meal, dry oatmeal and about a tablespoon of sugar. Also, NEVER offer peanut butter mixed with bird seed. It is NOT good for birds.

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Peanut butter on a stick
by: Anonymous

I do the same thing but drilled holes in the stick t put the peanut butter into it and the birds love it.

The only bird i have not seen eat from it is a cardinal. Do they not like peanut butter?

I have a big branch that has 2 knobs that jut out on it to make a nice perch,the branch is about 24 inches long with a diameter of 4 inches.

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Simple Bird Seed Mix

by Ais Rhodes
(Melbourne, Australia)

I'm just trying this one, I made it with things I found in the pantry, I'm not sure how well it will work. When I made it, I used 1/4 cup as 1 part and 5 crackers and that actually made quite a bit.

3 parts of a simple nut mix I found in the pantry
2 parts rolled oats
1 part dried cranberries
1 part almonds
A handful of crunched crackers.

Good Luck :)

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recap 1

by anne backer
(new york)


You will need; flour and butter

Mix the flour and butter together and put it out for the birds to eat :)

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Hayleys Super Suet

by Hayley
(Texas)

Ingredients needed: Lard or Veggie Shortining, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, oats,birdseed,ect.

This recipe is fun to make and my birds love it! Feel free to tell me how it went, and what birds ate it! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

1. Put as much lard as you want into a large bowl. (I usally use about a cup)
2.In a small bowl, mix even amounts of flour and cornmeal.
3. Add the flour/cornmeal mix to the lard and mix it together with your fingers. (You might want to wear plastic gloves, it gets greasy!)
4. The lard dough should be non-sticky enough to be able to roll into a ball, if still to sticky, add more flour until it's just right. OR if it is not sticky enough, add more lard.
5. Pour the birdseed, oats, or whatever you want into the large bowl and mix it up with the lard dough.
6. Make the dough into a ball again and smoosh it with your hand until it fits into your suet feeder.
Voila! Place in suet feeder and , if you want, stick a stick into the suet to help the less graceful birds get a bite. Sit back and enjoy the show!

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Fun and Easy Bird Mixture

by Maya
(Wisconsin)

1 part shortening

1 part chunky peanut butter

1 part mixed bird seed

Mix together in a plastic bowl,
make sure you leave this recipie out for 2 days so it is stale.

Then put it out for the birds to eat!

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Bird food Recipe for Jays

by Emily
((Utah))

1 part peanut butter
2 part bird seed of your choice

Mix in bread pan and put in the freezer. Wait for 2 hours. Slice then put in bird cake container. Jays love it!

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No Melt, All Season, Peanut Butter, Suet Recipe

by D'Anne Franks
(Brookesmith, Texas, USA)

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups (quick cook) oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup lard (no substitutions)
1 cup white flour

Melt the lard and peanut butter, and then stir in the remaining ingredients.
Pour the mixture into square freezer containers about 1-1/2 inches thick.
Allow it to cool, then cut it into squares and store them in the freezer.

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Organic Local Suet

by Carmen Kruczynski
(Sterling, MA )

Suet from Local jersey Herd 2 lbs
Organic Local cornmeal 2 cups
Organic Flour - or any g/f flour would also work 1 1/2 cup
1- 2 cups peanut butter chunky and delish :)!
organic pumpkin seeds 1 cup
organic sun flower seeds 1 cup
organic dried berries chopped 1/2 cup
organic currants 1/4 cup
organic fruit preserve 1/2 cup
organic oats 1/2 cup
fresh choped apples - optional

Melt suet - take out suet that did not melt ... ( allow to melt in low heat at aleast 45 minutes about 2 lbs )

add seeds - dried fruit - mix well - add oats - mix well - add half of corn meal and half of flour mix well - combine well and add more cornmeal and flour to desired consitency.

lined a baking dish with foil or parchment paper and pour mixture - lebel - and refrigerated for at least 2 -4 hours - or use molds such tuna cans - and cup cakes papers cups etc.

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A Pinch of This and That

by Connie
(Mill City, Oregon)

Ingredients:

2 cup shortening (melted)
1 cup peanut butter (chunky)
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup quality hull-less birdseed

And add a pinch of this and that of any of the following leftovers from your cupboard...
Cream of Wheat
Cornmeal
Spelt flour
Wheat flower
Wheat bulger
Bread crumbs or small dried bread chunks (especially raisin, nut, pumpkin zucchini breads etc)
Bottom of the box bits of dry breakfast cereal

Mix enough of a combination of above added ingredients to make it a fairly thick consistency. Spoon into muffin tins, yogurt cups, fill voids on large pine cone or fill into drilled holes in wood plank feeder... etc
Cool until solid in anyplace cold, porch; garage etc

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Woodpecker Wonder

1 cup melted Lard
2 cups wild bird seed
1/2 cup cracked corn
1 cup of raisins (optional)
1 cup bluberries (optional)
(if it is too thick add water)
(if it is to thin add flour)

Melt Lard until soupy.Add wild bird seed, cracked corn, raisins, blueberries, and any other dried fruit.

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Add chunky peanut butter!
by: Anonymous

I've used this basic recipe for years, I simply add 1 Cup chunky peanut butter and dried cranberries instead of blueberries and the birds are eating it before I've finished getting it into the feeders, which is an extra treat!

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Food for thought

by Jane
(New Hampshire)

Hello
Just thought I would give the novice feeder some tips.

I have been saving egg shells from cooking for many years now. When I have a dozen or so egg shells I cook them in the oven at 275 degrees for 25 minutes then break them up and put them under my feeders. Birds will eat them and it will give them nutrients they need in the development of their own eggs.

Birds also need water. I have seen many bird feeders at neighbors homes and always notice that there isn't a bird bath. You can purchase these for as low as $25. The most important thing is to change the water regularly, that doesn't mean every week but daily if you are able. It is fun to watch them fluttering in your bird bath and of course they need water to survive.

I also save all my bacon fat in the refrigerator until I have about a cup then I heat it in the microwave and pour it on stale but not moldy bread. Make sure that the bread is small enough for the birds to eat. If you want mix the bread with corn meal, old fashioned oats and a little or a lot of peanut butter. It is a real treat for all the ground feeding birds.

One last comment. This year I have notice hawks sitting near my feeders. They regularly pick off one of my many feathered friends so I decided to give them treats to to deter them from feasting on the many beautiful birds I have. Of course one can't protect them all the time but this might help. I put a few nails in the branch that they perch on and when I have left over meat or chicken skin I attach it to the nails. It works and by the way I now have several crows who visit often.
If you haven't watched a crow you certainly will enjoy this very big yet very timid bird.
ENJOY



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Thanks Jane for your tips.
Susan

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Great tips
by: Judy

These are great tips. I hadn't thought about giving eggshells to our bird guests, although many years ago I fed them back to our chickens to strengthen their shells.

For a cheap bird bath, I bought a large plastic flower pot saucer, placed it on a tree stump, and put a large rock in it. The birds love to hop on and off the rock as they bathe. Of course, all birdbaths have to be kept clean.

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Hi,
that was a great post and I learned a lot thanks


fred from ohio

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mixed seeds and molasses cornbread muffins

by Linda
(Statesville,N.C. U.S.A.)

Ingredients:

2 cups self-rising corn meal mix
1 egg (preferably natural vegetarian fed hen eggs)
1/4 cup shortening or canola oil
1/2 to 2/3 cup milk
1 packet flaxseed
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup molasses(preferably use only pure homemade cane molasses, Dutch Kettle brand, which uses no chemical processing)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Container needed : 12 cup muffin tin

Mix corn meal, flaxseed, and sesame seeds, add egg, shortening or oil and molasses, then slowly add milk until batter is of thick consistency, spoon batter into muffin tin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake until golden brown. Remove from muffin tin while warm, let cool completely on rack, then crumble muffins and spread out on a flat outside container or put whole muffins outside for birds to nibble on.

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Jiffy Corn bread
by: Charlie

I will try this recipe. I usually just use Jiffy mix from the grocery store and let the muffins sit and dry out for a while then crumble them up a bit the finchs like it better than nyjer seed.

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Hummingbird Food-Make easy and no cleanup.

by Harry Hill
(St George Utah)

Instead of putting sugar into boiling water and a nasty metal container, do this:
Put sugar in a glass (Mason jar?). For the 4 to 1 HB recipe, add MW heated water to boiling--2 cup (Pyrex) to the sugar. Stir.
No mess--no fuss and no container to clean.Also, no contamination to the sugar liquid.
Then, top off with the other 2 cups of normal unheated tap water and stir.

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Judith's Autumn Dough ball treats

by Judith Jones
(Somerset England)

Ingredients:
Plain flour
dried fruit-raisins- prunes -apricots or similar,
windfall apples chopped into small pieces,
grated suet,
vegetable oil

Put plain flour in a bowl.
Add small amounts of any of the dried fruit,apples and grated suet.
Mix to a stiff mixture with the veg oil and mould into small balls (put some flour o your hands for this).

Place on your bird feeder and see them gobble this treat. I make small amounts and keep spare balls in a tray kept from plant seedlings


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Thank you Judith! I will give your recipe a try!
And what kinds of birds come to your yard in Somerset, England?
Happy Birding.
Susan

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Sounds good
by: Jerry D

Thank you for the recipe. I will try this to see what it attracts to the feeders

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Pinecone feeders

1)Get a pinecone.

2)Tie a string to the top with a loop.

3)Put peanut butter on it. Try to make it sort of sticky.

4)Sprinkle bird seed on it.

5) Hang onto tree.

EXTRA!YOU CAN SPRINKLE POPCORN AROUND IT TOO!

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We hang pinecones every Christmas for a special treat for the birds at our skicabin. You can add nuts and dried fruit too.

Susan

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Yummy for the Tummy

by Kathleen Slowik
(Jordan, N.Y. U.S.A.)

This recipe is easy to remember! It is almost all 1-cup measure to save time, or you can use your imagination.


3 cups shortening
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup wild bird food
1 cup cornmeal (yellow preferred)
1 cup sunflower seed hearts
1 cup raisins
1 cup or less of leftover
Nuts that are not too fresh (maybe leftover from last Christmas)
or chopped dried fruit (also leftovers) can be a savings
Small amount of cracked corn

We just put all the ingredients that we will be using in a large bowl and mix well; all the ingredients listed need not be used. (Such as the nuts or dried fruit.)

The mixture can be placed in muffin tins to harden a little.

The cakes can then be placed on branches or shrubs near windows so you can watch your results--and watch the fun.

We recommend that you use as many ingredients as possible, for the health of the birds. The birds will eat everything that is put out.

You can make this a family activity, and include the children. They can coat pinecones that have fallen out of the trees around your house. You can even take a butter knife and spread it on the bark of the trees. The woodpeckers and nuthatches love this.

The shortening gives the birds energy they dearly need during cold weather.

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by: Anonymous

what is one cup of left over? Left over what?


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I believe the leftover refers to leftover nuts.
Susan

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Bird pancakes

This is fun to make! And it does not use to many ingredients!


1 part shortening
1 part whole wheat flour
1/2 part of rolled oats
A few yummy things to add in (Bird seed, dried fruit,etc)


1.Put shortening in a bowl and add some of the flour.

2. Mix the flour and e together using your fingers and keep adding the flour until it's all gone.

3. add the Oats and finger mix it again.

4. Add in the yummy stuff and mix again.

5. roll mixture into a few balls and flatten with the palms of your hands.

6. If you want, press some yummy stuff on top of the pancake as a topping.

7. Place out side on a plate, window sill,or even on a platform feeder.
8. Watch for the birds to come flocking!

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Bird Cookies

by Sydney R.
(Seattle, WA)

You'll need:

Peanut Butter
Seed Mixture(millet, sunflower, cracked corn, peanuts, etc.)
Raisins
Any dried fruit
Big nuts(walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.)


Mix everything you want together. Scoop out fair sized scoops then roll into balls. Freeze until hard then place around yard. Watch birds enjoy!

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Shortening VS. Suet

by Gregg
(Arcanum, OH)

Is shortening an acceptable replacement for Suet in making feed?

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Oriole Mixture

by Carol M.
(Massachusetts)

1 cup Jelly
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1/2 tsp Pure Orange Extract

Combine first 3 ingredients in saucepan. Bring to boil. reduce heat; stir in the extract. Simmer 3 minutes. Stirring occasionally. When mixture is cool, put it in your oriole feeders....You should change mixture every 2-3 days.

This is a recipe my Mom had...I found it after she passed away..

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Nutty Bird

Ingredients
nuts
bread torn into tiny pieces
plate

Optional
broken up crackers

Put all the stuff onto a plate and mix them around. Place it under a tree or put holes in it and hang it on a tree.

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I'm sure the jays will like it
by: Anonymous

If you use peanuts, jays will snatch them up fast! also i think the doves will eat the bread, but im not sure. I have not tried this recipe yet, but it seem like a good jay attracter.

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Sandwich

by Harold
(So Cal)

Take your left over bread---Toast 3 slices--Put chunky peanut butter on face of 3 slices and on back of one--Add birdseed to sticky surfaces---Sandwich all 3 slices together and put in square cage.

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sweet pine cone

by ally
(louisville, ky, fairdale)

1. get some strong string.

2.pick any kind of pine cone!

3.get some peanut butter and spread it on the pinecone.

4.get some raisons and put them on the peanut butter.

5.then there you go!It is fun and really simple to make!

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Berry Oat Suet

by Sherry Sanderd
(Douglasville, Ga)

1 package dried craisins
1 package dried apples
2 cups cheerios
2 crisco shortening bars
2 packs instant oatmeal

Using food processor mix fruits, cheerios, and oatmeal. Melt shortening in microwave till soft. Mix all together and put in suet sized containers or ice cube containers cover and freeze.

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Oats Surprise Wild Bird Food Recipe

by sasha

1/4 cup honey
1 cup oats or dry porridge
flour or seeds to coat optional

mix oats in a bowl and add the honey. then make into balls and put on a strong string coat with flour or seeds optional and hang on a sturdy tree branch.

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Apr 05, 2011
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Sasha Oats
by: Anonymous

hi Sasha,
What kind of birds like this? I figure Titmouse and chickadees and nuthatch probably?

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Leftover Baked Oatmeal Scramble

by Mendy
(Kentucky)

Yummy Baked Oatmeal for People:
1/2 Stick butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
5 cups oatmeal
3 cups water or milk
Mix well. Bake 325 for 20 minutes.

For the birds:
Use leftover oatmeal and scramble in skillet with:
chopped apple or other dried fruit
Leftover chopped bacon.
Refrigerate. Sprinke on platform feeder.

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Pine cone suet
by: Nelly

pine cone
suet

Get the pine cone and firmly pack it with suet. And hang by your window so you can look at there delight.

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Birdy Toast

2 tsp cornmeal
1 slice whole wheat bread
peanut butter
Birdseed

Spread the peanut butter on the bread, then spread cornmeal on it, lastly sprinkle bird seed on it. Cut in small pieces and serve to birds.

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Thanks for the idea.
by: Anonymous

GREAT IDEA!! thank

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Thanks for the idea.
by: Anonymous

Great idea! Works amazing.

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Peanut Butter Suet

by Sherri Perfett
(Moon Township, PA, USA)

2 cups crunchy peanut butter
2 cups lard (no substitutions)
4 cups cornmeal
4 cups quick oats
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar

Melt peanut butter and lard in a saucepan on stovetop. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour melted PB/lard into dry ingredients and mix well. Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper. Pour hot mixture onto jelly roll pan and smooth with a spatula. Place pan outside (if below 32 degrees) or in freezer to harden. When hard, cut into 4X4 squares, place into wire suet holder (found in most stores near the bird seed)and hang from a tree branch outside. Save remainder in a Ziploc in the freezer. You will have the happiest birds in town! Woodpeckers love it!

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Fruit Frenzy

by A.A
(LA)

apples,oranges,pear,grapes
any fruit that you have at home
chop them into small pieces and put into your bird feeder or make a bird feeder using:
1. Find a large pine cone.
2. Tie a three to four foot piece of yarn around the top of the pine cone for the hanger.
3. Mix two tablespoons of peanut butter with two tablespoons of margarine.
4. Spread the peanut butter and margarine mixture onto the pine cone.
5. Pour some bird seed onto a plate or shallow dish and roll the pine cone in it.
6. Place the seed-covered pine cones in the freezer for about an hour or until it is firm.
7. Hang it outside in a tree!

Tips:

1. Hang your pine cone at the end of a smaller branch so squirrels don't get it.
2. Work with the bird seed over newspaper to help make clean up time easier.
3. From Derijia: Plain peanut butter works well!

What You Need:

* Pine Cone
* Yarn
* Peanut Butter
* Margarine
* Bird Seed

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Log Feeder Bird Treat

When using a log feeder, why not try this neat treat that birds love, consisting of:

· 5 parts oatmeal
· 1 part corn syrup
· 1 part peanut butter
· 1 part bacon fat of suet
· 1 part varied seeds and nuts i.e. black sunflower seeds, peanuts, chopped walnuts, or pine seeds and millet will work as well.

Combine in a bowl and once your done fill the mixture into your log feeder and your all done.

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Apple nut balls (no bake)

by Makenna
(Ottawa )

Okay so I made this recipe up myself and the birds absolutely love it!!!
K so here's the recipe:
Ingredients:
8 apples ( any kind )
2-3 cups of flour (add more if still to wet)
2 cups of birdseed (any kind)
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup water
Directions:
Blend all of the apples together with the water.
Then,mix together the flour, birdseed, oatmeal and peanuts together.
Add the apple mixture into the dry mixture and stir well until you can't see any white specks.
Roll the mixture into balls with your hands and squeeze them so they dont crumble. ( any size )
Then place outside them outside and watch your feathered friends gather around them!!!
Have fun!!!

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Answer to Susan
by: Makenna

I'm so sorry guys. You peel the apples then you slice them into small slices ( about 2 inches ) then you put them into the blender with abit of water and blend for 20 to 30 seconds

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Apples?
by: Susan

Could you give us a bit of an explanation on how you prepare the apples?
Thanks. Susan

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Bird Watchers Delight

by Hadley Davis
(New York, New York, U.S.)

I have used this recipe many times and it works.
What you will need:
clean and empty egg carton(s)
shortening
chunky peanut butter
bird seed
dried berries(optional)
dried apple slices, finely chopped(optional)

Place shortening & peanut butter in a pan.I don't use exact measurements.Melt into a pourable,almost watery liquid.Pour in seed,berries, and apples into the mixture.Mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into the carton. Remember,you will have half as many eggs as your molds. ex. a 12 egg carton will have 6 food eggs. Place the carton in the fridge.When the eggs are hard,take out. Melt only a little bit of shortening & peanut butter. Melt. Dip the FLAT side of each egg into the mixture. Press two eggs together IMMEDIATELY. Place the eggs in the carton again and cool. Serve.

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Bird Watchers Delight with a Twist
by: Diane, Tigerton

What a good idea, I simply love it. I am going to try this with a carton.
Cut off the top of egg carton(I'll use the cardboard kind. Make 2 holes in either the end or along one side. This is for hanging. Tie some string, binder twine, or whatever you have into a loop. I think a shorter loop would be good so the wind doesn't blow it around to much.
Mix all your goodies.
Pack the egg wells in the carton with 3/4 of your mix.
Use as is or put in freezer for a while till hard.
Take the carton out and turn it upside down, (food side to the counter) Warm up remaining mix and pack into the wells on back side. Let harden some more. Walla! Hang in tree

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Branch Dough

by Jonathan
(Millville, MA)

-1 part peanut butter
-1 part vegetable shortening
-2 1/2 parts white flour

Mix the peanut butter and shortening in a bowl. (Optional: add raisins, berries, fruit, or peanuts.) Then add flour and mix until doughy. Spread where large tree limb meets trunk or put in a covered tray feeder.

Birds I Have Attracted: american robin, wood thrush, eastern bluebird, black capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, baltimore oriole, american redstart, carolina wren, eastern towhee, brown headed cowbird, common grackle, red winged backbird, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, gray catbird, chipping sparrow, american goldfinch, house finch, white breasted nuthatch, and downy woodpeckers which love the recipe

Good luck attracting birds!


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Thanks Jonathon! I will try it.
Susan

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Nov 12, 2010
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I want to use this with middle school kids, but we'll be in a classroom. Does it mold well? I was thinking of mixing it up and placing some kind of hanger so they can take it home and hang it in a tree.
Ms. Beth in Iowa, I'm in Nebraska and the ingredients don't spoil, especially if you put it out in the winter when our birds really need it and food is scarce.

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Where do you live? What is the temperature when you put this out? I live in Iowa and I think it would definitely spoil before the birds ate it.

Beth

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They Love It Suet

by Jean P.
(Washburn, Maine)

Ingredients:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup bacon grease
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups cornmeal
1/3 (or a little more if you like)sugar or 1/4cup honey
1 cup flour

Procedure:

Melt bacon grease and peanut butter in microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into suet containers or any kind of mold. Place in the freezer until frozen and hard. I use onion net bags for the small birds. I also sometimes mix in about 1 cup or so of birdseed before freezing for variety.

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Raisin Suet Cubes

by Brian & Holly Chan
(Hockinson,Washington,U.S.A.)

Ingredients
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup meat grease
1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix dry ingredients. Melt grease and peanut butter in microwave. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Freeze in ice cubes trays until firm.

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Bacon Fat Misc.

by Mark Magda
(Olmsted Falls, Ohio )

I collect all leftover misc. seeds e.g. sunflower seeds and seed mix and combine this with semi-heated bacon fat and oatmeal. I add enough oatmeal to be able to roll the cooled mixed into balls or press into small cakes.
I use the balls/cakes in suet feeders or flat feeders during the winter.

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Bacon contains salt which is not good for birds.
So it is not a good idea to use this for bird food.

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Bird's Chioce

by Scott
(Addison, PA )

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup bacon grease, lard, or rendered animal fat
1/2 cup bird seed
1/8 cup medium barley
1/4 cup oatmeal (dry)
Enough water to make mixture stick together

Mix ingredients, dry ingredients first. Then pour your other ingredients. After thoroughly Mixed press into small cake pan or in muffin pan. bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. (cut when still warm) allow to cool, then add to any kind of feeder. Store what you don't use in the freezer.

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Gone in 1 day Bird Feed recipe

by heather mcdonald
(strum, wi, usa)

Ingredients;



  • bacon grease from your one pound of breakfast bacon

  • 2 cups peanut butter

  • 1 cup coconut oil

  • 3 cups black sunflower seeds, bought in bulk to save money

  • string and 1/3 of a straw


Warm up your bacon grease in pan, add about 2 cups peanut butter - creamy or crunchy, add in about a cup of coconut oil, mix well, add about 3 cups of sunflower seeds. Pour into a container. put in freezer for about a half hour then stick 1/3 of a drinking straw into the middle to make a hole. Freeze overnight. Pull straw out, remove from container, hang from string outside. Enjoy!

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heart shaped bird feeder

by Alicia
(North Carolina)

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups bird seed
2 four oz. unflavered gelaton packs
cookie cutters (im using a heart shaped one)
string or twine
straw
foil


Step 1.Sprinkle two packages of gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Let it sit a couple of minutes until gelatin has absorbed the water. Heat 1 3/4 cups water in a pan, then add in the gelatin mixture. Stir until dissolved. Stir in 3 cups birdseed.

Allow mixture to cool until gelatin is thick and coats all the birdseed.

Step 2.Wrap a piece of foil along the bottom and up the sides of a cookie cutter. Spray foil and cookie cutter with cooking spray. We used a 5 inch heart cookie cutter but any will work This mixture was enough to make three bird feeders.

Step 3.Pack birdseed mixture inside cookie cutter. Place a piece of straw in birdseed to leave a hole for hanging the bird feeder.

Allow mixture to harden and then remove from cookie cutter. We placed ours in the freezer for about and hour to speed things up.

Step 4.Add a piece of twine for hanging.

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Thanks Alicia! Look forward to trying this for the Christmas season.
Susan

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The Christine Special

by Christine
(Glasgow)

Melt 3 blocks of lard in a pot then add
1 Jug of ground peanuts
1 jug of thistle seed
1 jug of bird seed
1 small bag of meal worm
mix well then pour into baking trays
place in fridge over night
in the morning cut into blocks.
the birds cant get enough of it :-)


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Thanks Christine. Now what exactly is a 'jug'?


Susan

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Scottish Lingo!
by: Christine

Sorry, a jug is a plastic measuring jug. holds up to 1000 ml, us typical Scottish people (eh wit we like)lol :)

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And for our non-metric friends, 1000 ml is about 4 cups.
Susan

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How To Make Suet Dough


from the good people at Birdwatcher's Digest.

Suet Dough

Melt in microwave and stir together:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup lard

In a large pot mix;
2 cups chicken starter (unmedicated, available at feed stores)
2 cups quick oats
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup flour

Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Serve some and store the rest.


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Honey Bagels

by McKenzie
(NewYork)

Ingredients:
Bagel
Honey
Granola/Raisins

First, make sure your bagel is uncooked
Second, take your honey and smear it on your bagel
Third, sprinkle your granola or raisins onto your bagel
Forth, put it in the oven for no longer than 10 minutes
Lastly, tie yarn around your bagel and hang it on your tree. Soon enough, birds will be enjoying your homemade bird snack.

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by: Anonymous

Many birds can not digest Honey, and many who can not will tend to eat, and suffer-try using a thick sugar mixture instead of Honey-then all safely can eat.

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ALL BAGELS ARE COOKED OR IT IS NOT A BAGEL. IT IS ONLY DOUGH. DO YOU MEAN DO NOT TOAST?

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Bird Pudding

by Kay Craig
(Arkansas)

Melt one cup lard and one cup crunchy peanut butter together.

To this melted mixture add one cup of quick oats, one cup of all purpose flour, 2 cups of yellow corn meal. Mix thoroughly. You may also add 1/2 cup of bird seed and/or raisins to this. This will have the consistency of thick pudding.
Pour mixture into a pan and place it in the refrigerator or freezer and allow to harden.

Once mixture has hardened cut or break into pieces to fit into suet baskets. Any crumbles or small pieces can be placed in a platform feeder. Any leftovers may be stored in plastic zip bags and stored in the freezer.

The birds just love this in the winter months.

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Works well
by: kcpaull

I make something very similar but without the flour. I just put enough corn meal and oats to soak up the peanut butter and add sunflower chips. I freeze it in those plastic containers that lunch meat comes in and put it out in those mesh bags that oranges come in. The bluebirds practically raise their babies on it. Chickadees, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, mockingbirds, bluebirds, rosy finches, and many more love these.

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Rendered Suet

by Linda
(Minnesota)

Hi I am seeking information about using rendered suet for the birds.

Does anybody know if the hard bits of meat that are left after rendering are dangerous for the birds (choking or whatever.) I was given some
fat, both pork and beef, and rendered it down but did not strain it. There was a lot of meat mixed in with the ground fat and my thought was that it might be good for them, but now I am having second thoughts. Any opinions?

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re: pork and beef fat...
by: Anonymous

You can use pork fat but its best in the winter as it will not firm up as well as the beef or deer suet.
As far as the hard pieces and the bits of meat the bigger birds will eat that.I think the reason they don't put it in is because it will go rancid faster with the pieces of meat in it.....but if you are doing it in the winter when it will stay hard I think it would be ok.

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Deer fat
by: Michelle

I use deer fat rendered down,the birds love it.

Nov 04, 2010
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Suet
by: jerry

I would strain out after you render. Also most bird suet is made from beef fat or cooking oil. Not sure about using pork.

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Christmas Pudding for the Birds

by Hester
(Melstone, Montana)

1 1/2 cups melted fat. (Use bacon or beef fat, NO CHICKEN FAT)
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup bird seed, raisins etc

Melt fat and peanut butter and stir in other ingredients. Empty the mixture into a pie tin, coffee can or ice cream container. Allow it to cool and harden.

Triple this recipe to make 5 1/2 pints.

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Bird Suet

by Chelsea Cant
(British Clolumbia/Lone Butte/Canada)

-1 cup of lard
-1 cup of peanut butter
-1 cup of cornmeal
-1 cup of rolled oats
-1 cup of wild birdseed

-Cream the lard and peanut butter together. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Apply to pine cone or to a wooden bird feeder.

The birds absolutely love it.... They sit waiting for us to fill the feeder every day. They are sad when they eat it all. It really works!!

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recipe
by: Birdlover17

This recipe worked for some birds at my house! I have had male and female bluebirds come, juncos, chickadees, and mockingbirds. Thank you for sharing!

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Hello Che;sea
by: Anonymous

It was great!! I had birds coming to my bird feeder all the time!!

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raisin oak cake

by Hannah
(USA)

Ingredients:
1 cup raisins
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup lard (unsalted)
1 cup skim milk
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup flour

Directions:
Mix ingredients together and blend well to form a thick batter. Add raisins dredged with flour. Grease a pie pan and flour lightly for baking. Pour mixture into pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately an hour. Cool and break into large pieces. Place in mesh bags and hang in shrubs.

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Sounds Good
by: Marmie

This sounds really good - I will give it a go with the birds here in Scotland and let you know how I get on :)

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Birdy Heaven ( for domestic birds too)

ingredients:
peanut paste
and bird seed

Method:
put the peanut paste on a hook or samoething that dangles. Simply roll the peanut paste in the bird seed and watch the wild birds ( or domesticated birds) go frenzy with thier 'new' Birdy Heaven.

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Quick and Easy Apple Dough Suet!

by Amy M.
(South Haven, MI)


Quick and Easy Apple Dough Suet!

Start with a cake of Home-Style Suet.
Kneed it back into a dough.
Add 1/4 cup of dried apples.
Place 1/2 back into the plastic tray. Carefully pop it back out onto a dish. Repeat this with the other 1/2. Refrigerate for 1 hour to make firm.



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log feeder suet recipe

by Teresa
(Cashton, WI)

1/2 cup chunky peanutbutter
small handfull oatmeal
small handfull rice crispies
little cornmeal
mixed birdseed

mix together and put in log feeder holes

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Peanut Butter Suet Seed

by Alison F.
(PA, USA)

You will need...
A good amount of wild bird seed (how much do you want to make)
A little less peanut butter than that..
A pot

Before we start, a word of warning... Please do not make the same mistake I did and use fruit and nut mix... It went horribly wrong...LOL It did not stick at all, so if you do want to use it crush it up to the size of black oilers.

This one is simple... Add your crushed or smaller birdseed to the Pot. Take the Peanut Butter and keep mixing in small amounts till it is the consistency you can easily smear it on a tree. Make sure there's enough seeds and it's not all Peanut Butter. Then, well.. Smear it on a tree like melted suet.
Bluejays like the Peanut Butter, and other birds like the seeds if you smear it in the crook of some branches...




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Peanut Butter-Seed Cakes
by: Judy-Seattle

Alison, thanks for posting this simple recipe. All the birds seem to love it! I also make this mixture using a no-waste birdseed which is basically shelled sunflower seeds with a little cracked corn and peanuts mixed in. I also use crunchy peanut butter. I pack the mixture into the used plastic suet cake holders and hang them. Otherwise, the squirrels would eat it all. Here I get juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, stellar jays, flickers, etc.

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Starlings Be Gone

You can use either of the lists of ingredients to make the final product, which can be used if you have problems with starlings:

List 1:
2 parts rendered beef suet, melted
3 parts white or yellow cornmeal

OR

List 2:
1 part peanut butter
2 parts rendered beef suet, melted
4 parts finely cracked corn
4 parts white or yellow cornmeal

Mix ingredients together. Pour into temporary storage containers and let harden.
After mixture has hardened completely, re-melt the mixture.
Pour into molds of the appropriate sizes for your feeders and let re-harden.

*Melting the mixture a second time increased the hardness of the finished product. This will make it less attractive to starlings.

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Peanut butter treat

This is a simple and easy non-cook treat for the birds. Nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, chickadees, and titmice especially love it. It is best put on a platform feeder or in a suet cage.
What you need:
2 parts peanut butter
1 part oil or melted butter
1 part flour
1 part crushed peanuts, sunflower seeds, or anything else you think the birds will enjoy.

Mix together the peanut butter, flour, and oil. Then add the peanuts, etc. Refrigerate this for a while if you want. Otherwise, this recipe is ready to serve. Enjoy the birds!

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bacon fat ,seeds, nuts and fruit

by diann ledger
(staten island, NY)

Use old bacon grease..let harden in freezer...then take out and place any grains, nuts, berries, apples
seeds, old crackers or bread and form to the desired shape for your bird feeder.
The hardened bacon grease hold all the goodies together..all birds love it!!

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Great idea for that bacon fat that sits in the can in the freezer, Diann!
Susan

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Bacon fat is not good for homemade bird food recipes...
by: HeadStarter

Bacon fat (store bought kind) is loaded with salt and other nitrates/nitrites...very bad for any "living" creature.

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by: courtney

I would reccomend it but once you have put the other ingredients around it would you reccomend to freeze it again so ,
A) The birds can peck at something.
B) So the other ingreedients stay put.

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