How to Make Easy Bird Seed Fat Balls

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Although winter is seen as the most critical time for feeding birds, they do benefit from being fed all year round. In an ideal world your local environment would contain lots of natural bird food in the form of insects and seed heads, but birds can experience episodes of food shortage at any time of year, and often appreciate any supplementary food that is put out for them.

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

Due to having a highly predatory cat, we don’t have a bird table. It would be unfair of us to lure birds to an area he could access. He doesn’t, however, climb trees so when the kids asked to feed the birds  this is what we came up with.

 

How to Make Easy Bird Seed Fat Balls

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

We started by making fat balls. You can make these from lard or suet and a mix of seeds that are suitable for wild birds.

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

We simply mixed our seed into softened lard, adding a little at a time until our balls held together solidly when pressed tightly, and then popped them in the fridge to firm up. The kids loved mixing up the balls; it’s great, tactile, messy play!

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

If you make a large batch of bird seed fat balls you can freeze extras until they are needed.

In very warm weather, the fats can become rancid, so please bear that in mind during the summer.

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

For our feeder we used our Rustic Willow Ball. It’s perfect for the birds to hold on to, is totally bio-degradable, and can be hung up high in a tree well away from our prowling cat and other predators.

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

Another great way to feed garden birds if you don’t have a conventional feeder, and want to feed the birds in the trees, is to fill the bark holes in tree trunks with softened suet or lard containing insects, meal worms and peanut granules. This method is appreciated by birds such as tree-creepers and woodpeckers.

If you want to bring the birds in closer to your house, why not try a window bird feeder. We made ours from an old cake pan and the birds love it!

 

Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

We love our rustic home made bird feeder, and think it looks fab hung high up in our tree. We’d love to know if you feed the birds in your garden, and would be especially interested in hearing how you go about doing so if you have a cat.


Our home-made Willow bird feeder and Bird Seed Fat Cakes are a great way to feed the birds up in the trees or in your garden.

 

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32 comments

Nancy Zier November 2, 2017 - 10:49 am

My husband made the perfect feeder out of a 4×4 post. The top has a huge metal/glass 4compartment feeder. On each side of the post he mounted metal flower hooks/rods. On each hook we have different feeders. A Texas shaped sunflower feeder, a suet feeder, and 2 open feeders for fruit, nuts, and peanut butter balls for the Cardinals and Woodpeckers! He put a huge metal baffle on the post just below the feeders. No squirrels and no cats can get past that baffle!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 15, 2018 - 10:43 pm

Wow that sounds fab Nancy – off to show my hubby your comment and pester him!

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Daphne May 22, 2017 - 9:59 pm

Have you ever made no melt suet?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 8, 2017 - 9:00 am

No I haven’t Daphne, off to google it now 🙂

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Gina Caro @ Gypsy Soul December 13, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Hi Sarah, This is great! My daughter would love to make these. We made some thrifty bird feeders a few years ago out of leftover milk cartons but I much prefer this as there’s no plastic involved.
Definitely going to try this soon.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 14, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Thanks Gina, using just natural materials is great as you can just put them up and forget about them without having to worry about polluting the environment – Hope you all have a lovely Christmas x

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Stephanie Robinson December 2, 2016 - 10:58 pm

The fat ball making looks gorgeously messy! #goinggreen

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 7, 2016 - 2:26 pm

Lol yes it turned into proper messy play – the kids loved it!

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luce December 2, 2016 - 3:10 pm

This is an activity we will be adding to our list 🙂 thanks for sharing! #GoingGreenLinky

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 7, 2016 - 2:26 pm

Thanks for popping by Luce 🙂

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