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    Default Winter is coming.....cuisine for wildlife!

    As winter is nearly upon us, I thought it might be nice to share some recipes for fat balls etc for the birds and suggestions for other wildlife

    Please feel free to add links and tips.....tried and tested or just something which caught your eye and you'd like to share!

    my first 'tip' is to suggest you make sure you have clean water available for birds at all times ( unfrozen !)

    here's a suet ball recipe....
    http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wil...5/t/20501.aspx

    I find hanging these fat balls in direct sunlight causes them to melt and drip fat on sunny days....so they seem to be better hung somewhere more shaded.

    Remember that some birds are ground feeders , some eat only seeds and others are insect eaters....so whatever you make will encourage different types of birds.
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    Another thought....
    Any apples going past their 'best' , don't throw them out...pop them in the freezer until we get a really cold spell . Then defrost them overnight and chuck them onto the lawn/snow for the birds.
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    An American site....but it gives you an idea of what foods encourage different birds.....

    These Bird Food Recipes will Attract Wild Birds and Save You Money
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    Looking at some recipes I think it worth mentioning that things should surely be salt-free?
    like peanut butter for e.g.
    One of the ones I looked at mentioned bacon fat...that's salty too!

    Any bird experts out there who can advise on that please?
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    An interesting site about fun bird feeders....

    https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/
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    So....over to you!
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    Be aware that some food might encourage rats(a problem I had), so I grow sunflowers and save the seed for the birds. Don't over tidy the garden, the dead flower heads of some species have food for the birds too, like the teasel in particular. Peanuts are one of the best foods in a cage type feeder so the squirrels and rats can't eat them. Apples are a great idea Nicos, a friend even had Waxwings eating them in there garden a few winters back.
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    As we "speak" I am soaking some raisins and sultanas for the blackbirds, they seem to love them and by soaking, the birds get liquid if it is frosty (as it was here, this morning )
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