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Last Updated on January 16, 2020 by Ellen Christian
During the summer, we fill the bird feeders with seeds, but in the winter, birds need something that gives them extra energy to stay warm in the cold weather. That’s where these wild bird treats for winter energy come in handy. My husband and I love feeding the birds and watching them through the kitchen window. One of the benefits of living in the country is that we have a lot of birds and wildlife to enjoy.
Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy
As winter gets closer, you should change the way you feed wild birds by adding more foods that give them energy. A few things to consider adding are high fat and high-calorie foods like suet, peanuts, and black oil sunflower seeds. Here are some tips on choosing bird food.
How do you make homemade bird treats?
You can make these wild bird treats for winter energy and place them in an old suet mold. I used large silicone muffin cups since I didn’t have a mold from last year and it worked perfectly. It’s easy enough that the kids can help you make this. But, be sure that you handle rendering the suet because it can get very hot. And, it’s easy to get burned if you’re not careful.
How do you make peanut butter treats for birds?
If you’d rather not use suet with the kids, you can use peanut butter instead. Just put 1/2 cup of plain or chunky peanut butter and one cup of your favorite birdseed into a mold. Press a stick through for a hole. And freeze overnight. In the morning, pop the wild bird treats out of the mold and hang it outside.
How to get bird treats to hang in trees
There’s no secret about it. Before you freeze the wild bird treats, you will need to put a hole through it with a pencil or chopsticks. If you wait until it’s frozen, it’s possible that you’ll crack the birds’ treat when you try to add the hole. If you’ve forgotten to add a hole before you freeze it, you can try wrapping the twine around the treat multiple times to get it to hold in place.
What if I forget to add a hole?
If you’re adding twine to a suet treat, you will need to place the twine in the wild bird treats before they get solid. Again, you can try to add one after it’s solid, but it might crack if you’re not careful. You can also add it to a suet cage to hold it from a branch or bird feeder.
Can you make these treats for wild animals?
Sure, you definitely can. Birds, squirrels, and chipmunks will all enjoy eating these. You should still hang them up. Otherwise, a raccoon may simply take the entire treat away for themself. Small animals can still use their paws to take pieces of this treat.
This is an easy how-to that will draw more birds to your yard. If you enjoy birdwatching and making wild bird treats, you’ll enjoy:
- How to attract birds to your yard
- Fall Birdfeeding Tips
- Simple Bird Feeder to Make & Feeding Guide
- How to make homemade suet for birds
- Suet - about 20 ounces makes several hanging treats
- 1/2 cup black oil sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
- Mold to hold the suet mixture.
- String, yarn or twine to hang it with
- Melt the suet in a small saucepan.
- Add in the sunflower seeds and the cranberries.
- Mix well.
- Add a string to the mold and make a loop.
- Pour the mixture into the mold.
- Put in the refrigerator overnight to harden.
- Hang in a tree for the birds.
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