how to make bird food

Are you looking for wild bird food recipes to attract feathered visitors to your garden throughout the winter months? Here’s some great tips on which ingredients to include, which to avoid, and how to make your own bird cakes the easy way.

While different species can have different preferences, these are chosen with safety for all species in mind…

Apples and berries are appetising and nutritious. The former can either be grated, or cut in half and then hung out so that birds can peck at the soft flesh of the fruit. Another good choice is dried fruit, such as currants or sultanas – just be sure to soak overnight to ensure the fruit won’t swell further inside the bird’s tiny stomach, and then chop finely.

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.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

After applying peanut butter, roll a pinecone in a mixture of bird seed. Use string to hang it up outside. This is an easy and fun activity for kids, too.

To hang it outside, use macrame-style tying or carefully drill tiny holes in a glass plate. Just keep the bird feeder filled with birdseed.

After toasting the bread until it is extremely dry, spread peanut butter over both sides of it. Spread peanut butter all over the surface, then coat it completely with birdseed. Using a small knife, carefully cut a hole in the bread, then hang it outside with string. The birds will devour the whole thing!.

FAQ

How do you make a simple bird feeder?

Skewer an empty plastic bottle with two wooden spoons and fill with birdseed for this super easy feeder. You’ll need a utility blade like an X-Acto knife to cut the holes for the spoons. Be sure to cut larger holes by the mouths of the spoons so birdseed can spill out. Here’s a tutorial from Here Comes the Sun.