Kids Korner

Homemade Treats for Our Backyard Birds

Pine cone birdfeeders

You’ll need:

  • Foil or wax paper
  • String
  • Large pine cones
  • Peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • Birdseed

Instructions

Use a large piece of foil or wax paper for your work area. Tie a piece of string around the pine cone, leaving 6-8 inches to attach the feeder to a tree branch. Spread peanut butter all over the pine cone and into the crevices. Roll in mixed birdseeds. Hang from a tree branch for birds.

 

Homemade Suet

You will need

  • 1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2 Cups Cornmeal
  • 2 Cups Quick Cook Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • Melt shortening and peanut

Instructions

Melt shortening and peanut butter together and blend. Stir in the rest of ingredients. Pour the mixture into a square container about 1-1/2 inches thick. Allow it to cool, then cut it into squares and store in the freezer.

Other Treats

Berries: Collect bunches of red berries from holly, highbush cranberry, also store bought cranberries, viburnum, spicebush and dogwood. Tie a string around each bunch and hang them on a tree.

Popcorn: String plain popped popcorn with a needle and thread and hang these natural garlands on a tree or bush.

Suet cake ornaments: Put a homemade suet cake in an empty plastic mesh bag from vegetables and hang it on a tree.

Indian corn: Tie a string about the end of the corn and hang it on the tree.