Make Some Bird Cake

You Will Need

    • Lard
    • A mixture made from any of the following:
    • Nuts (see Top Tips below)
    • Left over meat/bacon rind
    • Dried seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, millet
    • Left over cheese
    • Yogurt pot or small plastic cup
    • String
  • You wouldn’t want to make a birthday cake from these ingredients but this will keep the birds happy during the cold Winter months and well into Spring.

    1. Make sure the lard is soft. You will need to take it out of the fridge a couple of hours beforehand to bring it up to room temperature.
    2. Mix up all your ingredients together in a bowl. Your bird cake mixture should consist of one part lard to two parts of the remaining ingredients.
    3. Make a small hole in the bottom of the yogurt pot or plastic cup.
    4. Thread the string through the hole and tie a knot in the end so it is secure.
    5. Put your cake mixture in the pot.
    6. Put the pot in the fridge for an hour to set. You'll be hanging your pot upside down in the garden so it's really important that it does set or you'll just be left with a gooey mess.
    7. Hang your delicious bird cake out in the garden on a tree or fence.

    The Important Bit

    If you're making bird cake in the Spring, don't include nuts as baby chicks may choke on them.

    Don't leave any mouldy food out for the birds, would you want to eat mouldy food? No way! Birds don't appreciate it either; it can upset their tummies and may even kill them.

    Don't put your finished bird cake in net or mesh bags.

    Top Tips

    • Always put out a saucer or small bowl of water, along with your tasty bird cake.
    • When buying nuts or seeds specifically for birds always go to a reputable pet store or bird food dealer. Peanuts for example may contain toxins that are harmful to birds.
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