How to Make Bird Food With Peanut Butter and Seeds
A bird food recipe with peanut butter and seeds can be set out at any time of the year. It can attract chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers and even an occasional warbler. Peanut butter provides some birds with fats and high-energy carbohydrates they need, particularly during harsh winter months. Many other wild birds will flock to the seeds in the mixture. Peanut butter is an excellent alternative to suet in warm weather because it won’t melt and turn rancid in the heat.
Grease a muffin tin liberally with cooking oil or lard.
Cream 1 part peanut butter with 1 part wild birdseed in a medium mixing bowl.
Fold in three parts cornmeal.
Press the peanut butter mixture into the cups in the muffin tin. Fill the cups half to three-quarters full.
Use an unsharpened pencil to poke a hole in the middle of the bird food in each cup. This will give it the appearance of a doughnut.
Put the muffin tin in the freezer until the bird food freezes completely.
Pop the frozen bird food donuts out of the muffin tin. Thread a piece of fishing line through the hole, and hang the food outside.
Store the excess bird food doughnuts in an airtight container and place it in the freezer. Use the doughnuts as you need them.
Feed Birds Using Peanut Butter
Avian specialists have found that using peanut butter as a means of affixing bird seed to certain feeding tools is a much healthier substitute for some of the chemicals used today. Read on to learn how: Purchase a pine cone to use in making your bird feeder, or pick one from your yard or local park. Cut a length of ribbon or twine to hang your bird feeder with. Tie one end around the second or third section from the tip of the cone. Cover your work surface with newspaper to minimize any mess. Hold the pine cone at its smallest tip, then use a butter knife or craft stick to spread a thick layer of the creamy peanut butter over the pine cone's surface and under its "leaves." Set the peanut-butter-covered pine cone on wax paper.
Frozen bird food can be placed in suet feeders or empty mesh net produce bags.
- Frozen bird food can be placed in suet feeders or empty mesh net produce bags.
- Muffin tin
- Cooking oil or lard
- Unsharpened pencil
- Fishing line
- Airtight container