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Make birdseed yourself for the winter season – 5 recipes & ideas for the feeding station

If you want to do something good for the local birds that do not migrate to the south, especially in the cold winter, you can provide them with a feeding place. After all, it is more difficult for them to find food in winter, especially once there is snow. A bird feeder that offers additional shelter or a simple feeding place is a great idea that you too can benefit from: you can watch the birds through the window together with the children. And the more varied the food, the more species of birds you will attract to your garden or balcony. It is especially important that you always use good quality food for the birds with ingredients that will not harm them. We would like to give you a few recipes with which you can even make cheap birdseed yourself.

Make birdseed yourself – which fat?

Make birdseed yourself - which fat to use for the winter

So-called fatty food, which, depending on the additional ingredients, is suitable for both grain-eater and soft-eater, provides the birds with the energy they need for the winter and can even save their lives on particularly cold days. So you are always doing something good when you make birdseed yourself. Beef tallow is a particularly good source of energy. Since this can become extremely solid in winter at the cold temperatures, it is advisable to mix in two to three tablespoons of cooking oil per 500 g of beef tallow when melting.

Make birdseed yourself, shape it and display it in various ways - ideas

Otherwise, coconut fat (not coconut oil!), Sunflower oil and other vegetable oils are also suitable. Not only is fat a great source of energy, it also holds the grains together. Alternatively, you can of course offer the grains, seeds, nuts and dried fruits without fat. To do this, simply sprinkle the mixture on a suitable surface that should be protected from moisture (e.g. a bird house).

Mix birdseed yourself – with what?

Make birdseed yourself for the winter with beef suet or vegetable oil

As already mentioned, the different bird species naturally also prefer different foods. Basically all kinds of seeds, nuts and grains are suitable. The little guys also like dried fruits, including raisins and currants. However, it is essential to ensure that they are unsulphurized. Otherwise, dried fruits are toxic to birds. In the following we have listed a few suitable ingredients with which you can make a mixture yourself as birdseed:

Make birdseed yourself – ingredients in addition to fat and oil:

  • Oat flakes (whole grain and multigrain)
  • Spelt
  • flax
  • crushed peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • linseed
  • wheat
  • millet
  • Poppy
  • Thistle seeds
  • bran
  • Beechnuts
  • dried rose hips
  • dried rowan berries
  • crushed hazelnuts
  • dried elderberries
  • dried mealworms
  • Eggs

How to make bird seed yourself?

Make food for birds yourself - use grains, seeds, kernels, dried fruits and insects

To make your choice a little easier, we would like to introduce you to a few recipe ideas with different ingredients that you can use when you make birdseed yourself. We also have some suggestions on how and in which containers you can offer your homemade birdseed. On a stick, in a clay pot, with cookie cutters, in fruit bowls, yogurt cups and as classic tit dumplings are just a few of the possible variants.

Make birdseed yourself with lard, oatmeal, nuts and seeds

Make birdseed yourself from oatmeal and other ingredients

  • 250 g unsalted pork lard
  • 250 g coconut fat
  • 300 g of oatmeal
  • 250 g sunflower seeds
  • 50 g coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 50 g coarsely chopped hazelnuts

If you want to make this recipe for birdseed yourself, melt the fat in a saucepan over low heat. As soon as it is liquid, you can stir in the oatmeal and kernels first and then the nuts as well. Then take the pot off the hob and let the mixture cool down. Stir frequently to prevent it from sticking to the pan. In the end, you should have a kneadable mass that you can shape and feed as you wish.

Store food that you are not going to feed straight away in the refrigerator for a maximum of a week or portion it and freeze it. Birdseed will last a few months in the freezer. However, it should definitely be thawed before feeding.

Make birdseed yourself – oatmeal with oil, eggs and low-fat quark for an energy-rich cake

Make birdseed yourself with low-fat quark and eggs

  • 3 eggs
  • 500 g low-fat quark
  • 400 g vegetable fat (possibly more) or vegetable oil in a smaller amount
  • 300 g of oatmeal
  • 100 g unsulphurized raisins
  • 250 g of any coarsely chopped nuts
  • 100-150 g flour

It’s a very quick recipe that doesn’t require you to cook. Instead, the oven takes on the task of baking a feed cake from the mixture. So if you want to make birdseed yourself with children without cooking, this recipe is perfect. Only the fat needs to be melted if you use one. But with oil you save yourself this process. Just mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. The children can do that too. You can make the birdseed with peanuts yourself, but of course you can also use any other nuts. It is important that you chop up the nuts so that the birds can eat them too.

Then put the mixture in a baking pan and bake the cake at 180 degrees for about 15 to 30 minutes. Once the cake has cooled down, you can feed a small portion and store the rest either in the refrigerator for a few days or individual pieces frozen for six to eight months. Important: Always thaw well before feeding!

Make birdseed yourself – recipe for soft eaters with beef tallow and mealworms

Make bird food yourself with mealworms for different bird species

  • 500 g beef suet
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 500 g mix of any dried fruit, fine oat flakes and dried mealworms

Melt the beef suet over low heat and stir in the oil. Then add your self-made food mix, stir everything and either let it cool to shape with your hands or fill a container with it (see ideas below).

Make birdseed yourself – recipe with dried fruit

Make birdseed yourself - recipe with raisins and dried fruit

  • 200 g of oatmeal
  • 150 g frozen wild berries
  • 100 g raisins (or currants)
  • 100 g dried fruit
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • Sunflower or olive oil

Soak the raisins or currants in water (preferably overnight). Soak the oatmeal in a little oil before preparation. Chop the dried fruit and eggs and mix all the ingredients together. It is best to divide the soft food you have received into 100 gram portions, which you can then freeze. If you want, you can add another 200g of beef suet to this recipe.

Make birdseed yourself with coconut oil

Make bird food yourself with Palmin coconut oil and ingredients for soft food eaters and grain eaters

For 1 package of Palmin, for example, you need 150 g of oat flakes, 100 g of wheat bran and 50 g of raisins for soft food eaters or 100 g of sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and chopped nuts for grain eaters. Then you can make the birdseed yourself.

If you want to make birdseed yourself with palmin, you just have to melt the fat and then mix it with the selected grains. If you want to use cookie cutters (see below), simply spread them out on a baking sheet or baking paper and fill them with the seed, grain and nut mix to just below the edge. Then pour in the slightly cooled and not too runny fat.

Forming homemade food for birds – ideas for the feeding station

Idea for food in a hollowed-out pumpkin with macrame

You can shape the mass as you like after preparation and then hang it up in the garden, on the terrace or on the balcony and protected from cats. A wide variety of options and tools are available for this purpose. We would like to present a few creative ideas to you below.

Make birdseed yourself with pine cones

Make feeding place out of pine cones for the garden and balcony

Tie twine around the tenon, take a bit of the lining with one hand and press it against the tenon. Keep doing this until you’ve covered the cone with enough food.

Make birdseed yourself in a clay pot

Shape or hang up homemade food for birds in a clay pot

Tie string for hanging in the center of a small stick and thread the loop through the drainage hole from below. The stick prevents the line from slipping completely. Then turn the clay pot the right way round. Now you can make your own birdseed and fill the pot with it. Stick a longer stick in the middle of the food for the birds to hold onto later. Hang up the resulting food bell.

With cookie cutters for cookies

Make pretty pendants out of birdseed using cookie cutters

You can make birdseed cookies yourself with standard cookie cutters. Lay out a piece of parchment paper or another pad, spread the shapes over it and fill them with the homemade and still warm food. This should not be too runny, otherwise it will run out of the molds. So let it cool down a bit and become thicker.

Use the yogurt pots for molding

Idea for forming food bells with yogurt cups and string

Take a yoghurt pot of any size, poke a small hole in the bottom through which you thread string for hanging and fill it with the food. Once it has hardened, you can cut open the mug and remove it. Feel free to tie a twig on the string for the birds to sit on.

Make birdseed yourself – instructions with fresh fruit or fruit bowls

Hang grains, seeds and nuts in fruit or fruit bowls

Cut an apple in half, hollow it out a little and fill the hole with the lining. Many birds like fresh fruit, so they will also nibble on apples. Alternatively, you can also use orange or lemon peel as a container, attach it with string and hang it outside filled with birdseed.

Make birdseed yourself in cups

Put food in a cup and stick a stick in it for the birds to sit on

If you want to use old, old cups, you can simply fill them with the food, insert a stick at a slight angle and then hang the cup outside by its handle as soon as the mass has set.

Make birdseed yourself with a toilet roll

Simple idea for bird feeder made from loo rolls with peanut butter

For a feeding place made of toilet rolls, it is best to use peanut butter for spreading and then roll the coated roll through your food mix. The roll can then simply be put on a branch or provided with string for hanging. You can also choose this idea if you make birdseed with children yourself.

Make tit dumplings yourself

Form tit dumplings with your hands and hang up without a net

If you want to make the classic tit dumplings yourself, you don’t even need a mold. Take string and tie a thick knot or small stick to it. Let the prepared food cool enough to work with your hands, but not so much that it is too hard to mold. Then take a larger amount of the feed, press a knot or twig into the mass, shape a ball with your hands, and then hang it in the garden. You have already made a homemade tit dumpling.

Since the preparation is really easy, you can make your own tit dumplings spontaneously and on the fly. Among other things, it is suitable for making your own tit dumplings, lard, but also vegetable fat and beef tallow. Do not use nets for hanging as the birds can get caught in them and even die.

Birds feed in summer or winter?

Use insects and worms for bird feed in summer

Everyone knows that you can and should make bird food yourself in winter or even provide it at all. However, something like this is not only good for our feathered friends at this time of the year. Even in summer you can pamper the birds with food. However, the feed differs in its composition depending on the season. While the high-fat foods from the recipes above are perfect for winter to provide the birds with adequate energy, the summer foods should include more animal foods. So if you’re making birdseed yourself in the summer, add insects and worms. These are less and less in the wild and also serve as food for the young.