Birds feeding made easy

Garden Life
As soon as winter approaches you can find Bird food in almost any supermarket. Fat balls for feeding birds are ideal, but you don't always have to rely on industrially manufactured birdfeed. If you follow certain rules, it's quite easy to make bird food yourself. Not only is it fun, but it even tastes better for the birds.

What is important for feeding?

What is important for feeding?
Start early with feeding – birds have to learn where the feeding grounds are and where birdseed is supplied. Otherwise they will not find the food fast enough when they need it most – i.e. in periods of frost or snow cover. Just make sure never to feed salted or out of date food including off bread. For birds, this could lead to digestive problems or even death.

What is the optimal feeding ground?
If you go for the common bird house, regular cleaning and dry storage of feed is essential. Soaked or dirt-contaminated food can contain dangerous germs.

Fat balls should be in abundance at any feeding ground. Filling them with nuts or fat rich food represents the ideal food for titmice. Look for a good spot with a firm branch for your fat ball, as this allows sparrows and peckers to also share the food.

Feeding tubes or silos ensure the highest possible hygiene. The food is protected from the wet and other contaminants as only small amounts can slide down. Even non climbers can get to the perch at the edge of the feeding tub.

How can I make fat balls myself?
Most popular is the so called fat-rich food. This covers the best high energy requirements for birds in winter. To prepare the fat ball you need:
-1 medium-sized pot with a hole in the bottom
-1 piece cord
-100 grams vegetable fat
-100-150 grams Seed mix (sunflower seeds, cereal flakes, cereal chips, unsalted nuts…)

Preparation:
Put the vegetable fat in a saucepan and let it melt, making sure it does not boil. Add your individual seed mix to the melted fat and allow the mixture to cool down. In the meantime, you can pull the cord through the hole in the bottom of the pot and tie it securely. Pour the lukewarm mixture into the pot and allow it to set. Afterwards, attach the pot to a branch so that the birds can start picking the food.
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The optimal feeding ground - tidy and dry

If you go for the common and beloved bird house, regular cleaning and dry storage of feed is essential. Soaked or dirt-contaminated food can contain dangerous germs.

Fat balls should never lack at any feeding ground. If filled with nuts or fat rich food, they are representing the ideal food for titmice. Look for a good spot with a firm branch for your lining bell, sparrows and peckers can then also use this offer.

Feeding tubes or silos ensure the highest possible hygiene. The food is protected from wetness and other contaminants as only small amounts can slide down. And even non climbers can get to the perch at the edge of the feeding tub.

How can I make fat balls myself?

Most popular is the so called fat-rich food. This covers best the high energy requirements of birds in winter. For the preparation of a feed bell you need:
-1 medium-sized pot with a hole in the ground
-1 piece cord
-100 gram vegetable fat
-100-150 gram Seed mix (sunflower seeds, cereal flakes, cereal chips, unsalted nuts…)

Preparation:
Put the vegetable fat in a saucepan and let it melt. Make sure that it does not boil. Add your individual seed mix to the melted fat. Allow the mixture to cool down. In the meantime, you can pull the cord through the hole in the bottom of the pot and tie it securely. Fill the lukewarm mixture into the pot and allow it to set. Afterwards, attach the pot to a branch so that the birds can start picking the food.

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