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#1 of 5 Old 12-04-2006, 12:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I really could not figure out where to post this because these birds are not anyone's pets..... But dd and I want to make some tree decorations that are also snacks for our backyard birds. We have mostly chickadees. We are in Northern Michigan and it is very snowy here....as in there are no parrots flying around or anything........ My ideas revolved mostly around cranberries and popcorn. But both would require using a sharp needle and dd is not quite able to handle one well enough to do this. Would cheerio-type cereal be OK? What about apple or orange slices? We are going to do some peanut butter too. But I need ideas on what to put the peanut butter on. We do not have any pinecones.......
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Slather peanut butter on pinecones and roll in bird seed... NM, maybe I should read the OP first. :

You should be able to put the peanut butter on anything like a branch.

In my experience with parrots, they love anykind of raw veggies, but they have the beak to tear it apart where chickadees don't have that kind of musculature.

Maybe reuse the mesh bags that onions and oranges come in for the popcorn?
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Here's an easy recipe:

Oat-Ball Birdfeeders

3-1/2 cups oatmeal
1 lb. melted suet
1 small jar peanut butter
3-1/2 cups cornmeal
3-1/2 cups cream of wheat

Cook oatmeal and combine with melted suet and peanut butter. Mix well. Stir in cornmeal and cream of wheat. Cool the mixture and shape into balls. Hang balls in an onion bag for the birds to enjoy.

You could also use cookie cutters as molds. Line a baking sheet with a piece of wax paper and place several cookie cutters on the paper.

Fill the cutters with the oatmeal ball mixture, insert a string into the mixture, then place in the refrigerator overnight to set up. Remove from the cookie cutters the next day and hang the solidified treats out for the birds.


Another idea:

1 cup suet
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup oats
1 cup cornmeal

Fill this mix into a hollowed out orange peel (1/2 of an orange), punch some holes in the side of the orange peel and run string through the holes to hang


Or:

Take pieces of stale white bread and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Dip the bread in plain melted suet and roll in birdseed (or peanuts, sunflower seeds, and berries) to coat. Attach a piece of string by punching a hole in the top of the bread shape.
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We buy bags of wild bird seed and mix suet and peanut butter with it to make hanging treats for our backyard birds.
Neat project to do with your dd... have fun
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Update....

so we had a nice evening last week watching Christmas movies, drinking nog, and making bird treats. The birds are so far not interested, but we have one very well fedd squirrel that has taken many of the treats off the tree and dragged them into his mone (under our deck). At least someone is enjoying them......
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