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Tuesday Recipe: Homemade Bird Food

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
February is National Bird-Feeding Month. We post recipes throughout the year on our blog and decided that this month we would pay special attention to our favorite creatures to watch outside this time of year: birds! Each of these recipes can easily be prepared at home, saving you the cost of having to purchase suet or birdseed mixes at the store every time you run out. Take some time on a cloudy day to prepare these mixes and attract local birds to your yard naturally. We also have many bird feeder options available on our website for those looking to add a decorative and functional piece to their yards.
10" Hanging Bird Seed Sunflower Classic Perch Bird Feeder
Homemade Bird Food Basics

  • To make suet, use any combination of fat (leftover grease or lard), or even peanut butter
  • Save tuna or cat food cans to form your suet shapes
  • Birds also like dried fruit pieces like raisins, currants, apricots or citron
  • Pinecones are a great option for hanging bird feeders; simply coat them in peanut butter and roll into birdseed. Hang the pinecone with biodegradable jute twine so that it will decompose naturally.
Bird Tree With Cardinals Print
Birds Trivet Set

Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer Basic Suet Cake from the Farmer’s Almanac Archives

Adjust the ingredient amounts to suit your needs.

  • 2 parts melted fat (bacon fat, suet, or lard)
  • 2 parts yellow cornmeal
  • 1 part peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and cook for a few minutes. Pour into small containers (tuna fish cans are good), and refrigerate or freeze until needed. Mixture can also be stuffed into 1-inch holes drilled in small logs to hang from trees. The recipe can be made all year long as long as you accumulate fat. Fasten containers securely to trees or feeders.

What to Add to Your Suet Mixture

Take one part suet, recipe above, and mix it with the following ingredients for a tasty treat for any bird visiting your yard all year long!

  • 1 part cornmeal or finely cracked corn
  • 1 part peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 part sunflower kernels or chopped nuts
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 1 part chopped dried fruit (currants, raisins, prunes, etc.)
Backyard Birds Storage Tins

Metal Bird Door Knocker Kid Friendly Fun

Kids love making bird feeders, especially when they are able to enjoy watching the birds congregate around their creation all year long. Here are some ideas to get those creative hands working hard:

  • Coat a pinecone in peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter), then roll in birdseed. Tie the pinecone to any tree with jute twine.
  • Hollow out orange halves and fill with birdseed. Hang the orange halves by punching holes to thread with knotted jute twine.
  • Mix suet (recipe above) and birdseed or dried fruit bits and shape the mix by pressing into cookie cutters. Make a hole in the top of each shape for the jute twine to fit through. Lay the shapes on foil to dry out (or freeze), then hang in your trees.

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Welcome Backyard Birds with Made in New England Bird Feeders

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The spring season is finally upon us and we’re all excited to be spending more time outdoors. Whether your passion is gardening, reading a good book in your hammock or entertaining on the patio, the addition of birds to any backyard scene, surely is a welcomed one. Birds add a liveliness to the environment and bring with them both bright colors and beautiful song. And now you can easily draw them even closer to your home, with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop’s Website Exclusive assortment of Outdoor Bird Accessories.

All Natural, Solid Bird Seed

Pictured here above is our new Set of 4 Bird Seed Hearts, and below we feature our new Hanging Bird Seed Sunflower. Both products are especially designed to attract more wild birds, consisting of black oil sunflower seeds, millet, cracked corn, safflower and nyjer; ‘nyjer’ commonly referred to as thistle, is another tiny black seed.

Here are 3 reasons why birds will love these feeders:

1. Both are made from all natural ingredients, and seeds that are all harvested here in the United States.

2. They will not crumble or melt during rain or heat.

3. Both items are packaged with pine fibers, called excelsior, which can actually be recycled by the birds to use in building a nest nearby.

And 3 reasons why you’ll love them too…

1. As there won’t be any mess for the birds, there won’t be any unwanted mess to worry about all over your grass.

2. They are solid all the way through, and thus will last longer and feed more birds than other feeders.

3. Each item comes ready to hang with an attached ribbon; so there’s no work involved.

Tips for Bird Seed Feeder Placement

If possible, find a nice sunny spot in your backyard that remains out of the wind for most of the day. Birds typically would find comfort in a small brush or on top of a tree branch, so consider placing your feeder only a few feet away from some form of protective cover. Furthermore, you should never put your bird feeder too low, as some little critters (such as squirrels) can jump as high as 10 feet! Lastly, you’ll find yourself spending even more time outdoors trying to witness the variety of birds that will stop by to try your high quality bird seed. So be sure to think about a convenient viewing spot for yourself as well, to enjoy while you’re having your morning coffee.

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