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Sticking it together HELP!

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Hello,

 

Thanks for reading. I have an unusual request for help! Im currently trying to stick together bird seed too make seed bells...may be off topic but i cant find any information how to actually do this. Iv tried egg whites and baking lightly but it just dident seem to work very well. I know some people use PVA but in this case it isn't an option. I have also tried water and flour, although it set very well there was a ugly white colouring all over the seeds. Any help would be very greatly appreciated as im sure there is some great chefs here! I would prefer is too be as natural as possible as animals would need to be able to eat it.  

 

Thank-you

Timothy

post #2 of 13
Melted Bacon fat or lard?
post #3 of 13

Beef suet.

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Peanut butter
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Beef suet.

HA!
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I make my own as well.

Beef Suet rendered down and strained.

Mix this with peanut butter, cornmeal, crushed cranberries, Oats, and sunflower seeds.

Pour while still warm into molds and close.

(I am assuming you have the bell molds)

 

If not, I use the store bought suet cake holders and pour the mixture into those and allow to cool.

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HA!


I always thought it was strange feeding seed eating, i.e. vegetarian birds, animal fat.  It is very altruist of us humans to feed little harmless birds during the winter.  I makes us feel good inside but does it harm the birds?

here is a good reference for feeding birds during the winter: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1180

(they are affiliated to Cornell University)

 

I would choose to mix peanut butter and coconut oil (very hard fat).

 

Luc H.

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post #8 of 13

Beef Suet, corn syrup, dried fruit   (in summertime add some gelatin or pectin)

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post #9 of 13
Birds, at least not all, are not herbivores. Many are even canabalistic. I wound up doing some wild bird rescue many years back (long story...) and the vet I was working with recommended chicken based cat food! Many a time I have seen seagulls decapitate pigeons and crows before chowing down on the bodies.
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The suet also gives a nice flavour to Jays and turtle doves. Kidding.
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Birds, at least not all, are not herbivores. Many are even canabalistic. ...... Many a time I have seen seagulls decapitate pigeons and crows before chowing down on the bodies.

The cute colourful birds we want to attract are probably not meat eaters.... but they do eat insects and that is why they can digest fat. (I researched this a little more).

 

Luc H.


Edited by Luc_H - 11/9/14 at 8:05am
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The suet also gives a nice flavour to Jays and turtle doves. Kidding.


That's probably true!!! Lol!!

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post #13 of 13

I would also recommend the beef suet, at least for wintertime.

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