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All Season Suet

Categories: Birds and Recipes.

While visiting one of our favourite birding stores to purchase a new bird feeder I got a recipe for a no melt, all season suet which I decided to try out. Even though the recipe is called all season suet it doesn’t use actual suet that you can get at the meat counter or at the butcher shop. The recipe calls for 1 cup crunchy peanut butter,  2 cups quick cook oatmeal, 2 cups corn meal, 1 cup lard (no substitutes allowed), 1 cup white flour and 1/3 cup of sugar. Since I only had smooth peanut butter I added a
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Making a Pinecone Feeder

Categories: Birds, Garden Projects, and Nature Crafts.

Here is a quick and easy bird feeder for the kids and grandkids to make. You need a pinecone, string, lard, peanut butter, and some bird seed.  The bigger the pinecone the better as you will be able to get more food all over it. This is a good way to use up those not so perfect pinecones you collected.  Tie the string, I use butcher cord, around each pinecone and knot tightly.  Be sure to use a longer piece of string so that it can be joined at the end to form a loop to hang over the tree
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For the Bird Lover

Categories: Birds and Christmas.

Here is a quick and easy gift to make for the bird watcher that you know. It doesn’t matter if the person is an experienced birder or a brand new one, this gift will bring hours of enjoyment. You need a mason jar, bird seed, paper or material, raffia or ribbon, a suet feeder and a block of homemade all season suet. Into the mason jar layer different types of bird food … sunflower seeds, safflower, peanuts in the shell, hulled peanuts, and premium bird seed.  Add a paper or material cover over the jar lid and tie with raffia or
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How to Make a Half Coconut Feeder

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

You can turn a coconut into a feeder with a few simple steps. This is the second style of coconut feeder we’ve made for the garden. The birds love them filled with homemade suet. After buying your coconut, drill a hole in the bottom to drain out the milk.  Then cut the coconut in half and remove the coconut meat.  You are left with 2 halves of the shell.  A drainage hole was added into the other half and both were fastened onto a piece of wood. I fill these halves with the homemade all season suet recipe and pop
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Time to Make Some Suet

Categories: Birds.

The cooler weather is approaching, probably more rapidly than we will admit.  So far the beginning of November has been amazing with temperatures well into the mid teens in the afternoons.  But to be prepared for the temperature changes it’s time to start making my homemade suet for the feeders. My favourite recipe for all season suet came from our favourite bird store, The Birdhouse in Wooler, Ontario.  It uses cornmeal, peanut butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar, and lard.  Check out the recipe for the correct amounts.   Once made I put some of it into the coconut feeders. Last year
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The Post Feeder

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

The woodpeckers love the post feeder that we made in the summer.  This was made from a really old, old piece of 4×4 and filled with all season suet. Holes were drilled all the way through the post, a total of five for this piece of post, and a hook added to the top for hanging.  Then the holes were plugged with the suet. When I fill the feeders I don’t always put them back on the same feeder pole. But the birds always manage to find the feeder they like the best. The chickadees are also a fan of
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Plugging the Holes

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

We have added a new log feeder to the garden for this winter. It’s a piece of birch log with holes drilled in it and then the holes are then filled with my all season suet recipe.  There was a piece of birch branch left over from some logs I have for filling the winter greenery pots.  Holes were drilled in half way for a total of 5 holes around the log and a hole was drilled into the top and a big hook was added. The next job was to make some all season suet and plug the holes.  Then the new
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The Coconut Feeder with Suet

Categories: Garden Projects.

The coconut feeders are very popular in the garden.  Besides putting regular seed in them I also fill them with the all season suet.  It doesn’t take long for the birds to get the smell of the peanut butter in the suet and they start arriving to get some food. Here is the recently made coconut feeder with one quarter of the shell cut away.  I used a binder ring to fasten through the top holes that were drilled to get the coconut milk out.  This ring lets me hang it on a hook or on a branch.     Then I
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A Coconut feeder

Categories: Garden Projects.

A coconut feeder is an inexpensive and quick way to add a feeder to your garden. We have a couple of coconut feeders in the garden and recently while the grandkids were visiting we made another one. Start with a fresh coconut that can be purchased at the grocery store.  At one end there are 3 almost holes that need to be drilled first.  Once the holes are made you can pour out the coconut milk. The grandkids tried a sip of it but weren’t really impressed with it. The next step us to cut away one quarter of the
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Food For the Birds

Categories: Birds.

Bird watching is a wonderful past time … especially in the winter months. Once the large flocks of starlings and blackbirds have left the area I start making some of the all season suet.  The smaller birds like the chickadees, juncos, woodpeckers and even the sparrows love this food. It is a no cook recipe … just need to melt the peanut butter and lard in the microwave and mix in the dry ingredients.  Then press into containers and pop in the freezer. Since making this last year I’ve come up with a less messy way.  I fill small containers instead of
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