Make some yummy diy bird seed treats for your feathered friends. Not only will they appreciate the free food, but they’ll flock to your small garden. They are easy to make and can be formed into different shapes and sizes.
There are many different recipes out there for bird treats that you can try, but I wanted to make mine with ingredients that I already had in the house.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/4 apple sliced into tiny pieces
3 tbs peanut butter
1 tbs corn meal
1/2 cup bird seed
2 tsp flour
water (enough to moisten flour)
Mix peanut butter, corn meal, apples and birdseed in a bowl. In a cup mix water and flour until it reaches a pancake batter like consistency. Then mix into bowl.
You can shape your treats with a cookie cutter if you have one. I used a jar lid to shape mine, since I didn’t have a cookie cutter on hand. I sprayed the lid with oil and added the mix. Pressed it in well then loosened the edges with a knife and placed it on my oiled wax paper lined cake pan.
You can use a straw (I didn’t have one so I used a twig) to carve out a hole on each treat.
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, flip the treats about half way through. Just make sure they are hard enough to be handled. Once done let them cool.
Tie a ribbon or string thru the hole and hang. Then just sit back and enjoy the birds.
We actually had a casualty, I turned this one in the oven before it was hard enough and it broke in two. That’s ok, I just put in the (empty) bird feeder, time to refill the bird feeder.
For more great ways to attract birds to your small garden, click here.