Today the voice and I are going to show you how to make your own fat cakes for the birds in your garden. These re not cakes that make you fat, like the ones the voice eats, these are special cakes that are full of goodness to help the birds through the winter.
You will need*:
- 250g Lard (make sure it’s lard or suet, anything else is bad for birds)
- 500g Wild bird seed (we used robin and tit mix and sunflower seeds from the local pet store)
- Old yogurt pots.
*The voice found this recipe on the Gardener’s World Website.
Here’s how to make them:
- Melt the lard in a pan on a low heat.
- Measure out the bird seed and place in a plastic bowl
- Once melted, pour the lard onto the seed and mix well until the seed soaks up the lard.
- Make holes in the bottom of your yogurt pots and thread string through them. Make sure the hole isn’t too big or the lard will leak out.
- Fill the yogurt pots with he seed mixture around the string.
- Put the filled yogurt pots on a plate in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, cut the yogurt pots off the fat cakes.
- Tie a knot in end of the string nearest the fat cake and a loop in the other end.
- Hang them in your garden.
- You may have some bits that fall off the cakes as you are removing them from the yogurt pots. You could pu these on a bird table or on a feeder.
Don’t worry if the birds don’t come to eat them straight away, it can take them a while to find the food and decide that it’s safe to eat them.
We’ll be looking out for the birds that visit out garden to try out fat cakes and we’ll trying take some photos to share with you if we can. Don’t forget to tell us how you got on and what birds visit your garden in the comment box below.
For more information about what to feed the birds in your garden go to www.rspb.org.uk