how do you make bird feed

How to Make Homemade Bird Food

The majority of wild birds enjoy eating fat, seeds, grains, and fruits. Many people also like bugs, which you most likely already have in your yard.

To create your own homemade bird seed, just mix the items you already have that are good for birds. Use small amounts of fruits and fats along with mostly seeds and grains. In the event that you have expired ingredients or scraps that you wouldn’t eat anyhow, you might even discover that this ends up being free bird seed!

The following items, which you most likely already have in your kitchen, are added to your bird seed mix:

For simple homemade bird food recipes, you can use some or all of these ingredients. There’s no set recipe; it all depends on the preferences of the birds in your area. One of the reasons I adore making your own bird seed is that, with a little bit of trial and error, you can easily figure out what’s best for the birds in your area by trying a few different things and seeing what they like.

If you want to start with a basic blend of bird seed, here’s a basic homemade bird food recipe that you could try:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flower
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • Seeds from one watermelon

Just combine all of the ingredients for this bird seed recipe together and then store until you’re ready to add it to your bird feeder! (Consider these bird seed dispensers for storage.)

How to Make Simple Homemade Bird Feeders

Now that you have your own homemade bird food blend, it’s time to offer it to your neighborhood birds. If you don’t already have a bird feeder, there are several ways to make homemade bird feeders with simple materials.

Make Your Own Bird Food: Suet & Seed Mixes

If you enjoy observing birds, you can make these homemade recipes for bird food throughout the year, but especially during the winter months when there are fewer natural resources available. Songbirds, backyard birds, and other birds of prey enjoy these widely used bird feed recipes. Check out this easy-to-make DIY pine cone feeder as well!

For many of us, observing and learning about our feathered friends brings us great joy. Experts say that sitting in a cozy chair by the window is the greatest place to observe birds in the winter (and we would agree) Having a bird feeder filled with food will draw in birds that will visit you until spring.

FAQ

What homemade food can birds eat?

Absolutely you can feed birds seeds and grains from your pantry, but not all seeds and grains are the same. Flax, chia, hemp, pumpkin, sesame, and other seeds are great for birds, as are quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat groats, spelt, wheat berry, oat or wheat bran or germ, and other grains.

What is the cheapest way to feed wild birds?

1. Plant Natural Feeders – Birds only use feeders to supplement the natural foods they find in the landscape, so focus of your bird-feeding efforts on your plants even in good economic times. Plants feed birds with seeds, berries, nuts, sap and nectar as well as shelter and nesting places.

What’s in wild bird seed mix?

Whole Wheat, Kibbled Maize, White Millet, Black Sunflower, Red Dari, Whole Oats, Canary Seed, Whole Naked Oats and Barley.