As we make preparations for the cold weather, we also notice that our birdie friends can do with some help in terms of food so one of the activities that we have done is to make pinecone bird feeders.
- bird food
- lard or suet
- string or yarn
- pine cones
There is no hard and fast rule to do this, but we have found that tying the yarn to the pine cone first makes things a lot easier later. Be sure to leave enough string to hang the pine cone later.
Next, cut the lard up into small pieces and push them into the grooves of the pine cone.
Roll the pine cone in the tray of bird food such that the food is pressed onto the lard.
When it's all done, hang the feeders outside in a safe area for the birds. It may take a few days for the birds to discover their new treats, but the food is there whenever they find it. Normally the birds will just pick the seeds out, leaving the lard behind. When that happens, you can always take the pine cones in and top them up again with fresh new seeds and/or small pieces of dried fruit.
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