Make a Homemade Holiday Feeder for Wildlife Birds
Make a suet feeder from cardboard egg carton. Suet is the fatty tissue that surrounds the kidneys of cattle and sheep. It is a great energy source for insect-eating birds, especially in winter and early spring when insects are scarce. This is a fun project to do with your kids, brownies, girl scouts, church groups etc.
- cardboard egg carton
- green acrylic paint (washable when working with children)
- mixing bowl and spoons
- needle nose pliers
- newspaper of magazine ad booklets
- paint brush or painting sponge
- painting apron or old t-shirt can work
- 2 thick rubber bands (like the ones wrapped around broccoli stems)
- suet (about 3 cups) or homemade filling made from ingredients below
- heavy gauge wire
- Optional- Red Ribbon for decorative bow.
- 1 part peanut butter (crunchy is better)
- 1 part shortening
- 1 part flour
- 3 parts cornmeal
- 1 part cracked corn
- 1 part sunflower seeds and/or mixed seed
- Cut holes on the bottom of the egg carton
- Paint the carton green for the holidays with washable paint
- Mix the suet mixture and it will look like greasy cookie dough
- Spread Suet mixture inside carton oozing out slightly
- Close the carton and secure with two heavy duty rubber bands (broccoli stem bands)
- Use heavy gauge wire to Secure the carton to a tree with branches for the birds to stand on while eating the suet.
- Add red bow at top of carton (optional)
- Remove carton and put in freezer if the weather warms up or if it rains.
*This recipe found on the National Wildlife Federation website.
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