It probably would have been handy if I had posted this before winter, but well, better late than never eh?
I’ve never been greatly interested in birds, but in Autumn 2009 I errected a metal bird feeder to encourage wildlife into the garden. Being a frugalista I was concerned that bird food might prove to be an expense I was not willing or even able to afford so i had a think about how i could feed the birds without being out of pocket.
Then I opened my kitchen cupboards and my fridge and hit upon the idea of making my own bird food for the autumn/winter/spring months particularly.
In the UK there are such things known as ‘fat balls’.
Yes, ha-ha, i could think up at least 10 lewd openings to this post, but gosh darn it, I’m trying to behave, really i am…so i didn’t post any of them.
Basically, fat balls are simply balls of fat.
With stuff mixed in.
Like nuts and oats etc.
But why buy them, thought i, when i could make them myself?
So I bought me two packs of Lard.
and i raided my kitchen cupboards/pantry for some sultanas….
and some oats….
a scrag end of cheese….
then i added some wild bird seed…
and some birdnuts…
I melted the lard and then added all the above and then made fat balls with the mixture when it had cooled.
I was so pleased, I made quite a few… I freeze most of them and just take a couple out at a time, they keep for ages that way….
They look almost good enough to eat don’t they?
…and the birds fight like crazy over them…
Why not have a go yourself?