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A while ago Deida mentioned preparing a fat ring for the birds during winter.Despite several hints she was reluctant to share this secret recipe but did mention the use of a toilet roll ..

After several abortive attempts realised that the toilet roll needed to be finished and it was only the cardboard insert that was requried !

So on to the recipe ..

First gently melt a block of lard then mix in ingredients

4oz. crushed peanuts

1oz of dessicated mealworm lighty soaked and left to rehydrate for 10 mins before adding to mix.

4oz of porridge oats

1oz sultanas

1oz of suet pellets.

Gently mix and fold ingredients ensuring even coverage leave to stand and cool whilst arranging 3 toilet roll inserts on a plate.

Gently decant mix into inserts and place wire loops fully into mix before putting into refridgerator for 20 – 30 mins .

Check consistency to ensure firmness before inserting perching rods .

Et voila ..of course this can be extended to provide birdmeal casserole

Serving suggestions ..

Feeds 20 – 30 .

Comments

16 Nov, 2010
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aster said:

Thanks BB,I think I'd stick with the casserole version,I can imagine getting into a real mess with the toilet rolls lol !
You could also make a longer type with the insert from kitchen paper and add more perches.Or maybe it wouldn't take the weight :( see what I mean about getting in a mess ? :)))

16 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lol Aster .. you mind reader you .. mess ? spoons jugs blender knives screwdriver snips to cut wire and perches er dropped one hence only 2 on plate .. then stood in it slipped across floor .Dont think anyone on Blue Peter will be losing any sleep ..

16 Nov, 2010
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janette said:

Thanks for this recipe Bonkers. I am going to give this a try tomorrow ,but like Aster I think I,ll stick to the casserole ... oh on second thought I best call it something other than casserole Angus might try and eat it ,he always says the birds are better fed than him : - }

16 Nov, 2010
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aster said:

Ahah,didn't notice you had lost one BB :) I think I'd have to put a health and safety sticker on mine,wouldn't want a woody to plummet to the ground ;) Maybe you need health and safety to check out your kitchen lol !!!
Lol Janette a cheap version of muesli,he might not notice :)))

16 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Probably best Janette .. if starlings hit the feeders the same way I fear the wire will give out .Lets hope they dont start at the bottom and peck out the perch ..I have a feeling this is very much a prototype ..

Thats an idea Aster I wear safety gear for work so just dont bother to change when I get in ..

16 Nov, 2010
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hobbit said:

Have you noticed the advert on the side is for casserole mixes .. lol! I seem to remember somebody on Growsonyou doing something similar to this, using polystyrene cups and string holders. I tried it, 50/50 success rate as some of the cups fell to the ground, leaving very messy string hanging! I did laugh when you explained why there were only two on the plate ......

16 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

I get ads for cheap burgers Hobbit .. high fat great for birds not so sure about me ..lol

17 Nov, 2010
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clarice said:

Thats another one to make,seem to do more meals for the birds than i do for myself, but i will stick to casserole.

17 Nov, 2010
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mactumpshie said:

great idea bb.have now told all my granddaughters to use our toilet so as to get empty rolls as soon as poss.its costing me a fortune in bottles of juice .

17 Nov, 2010
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deida said:

lol BB..I had to giggle to myself with regards to your comment to the fat ring I made out of a Toilet Roll..(Cardboard only)...
I have posted the Receipe.....You must have missed it...Your birdmeal casserole look delecious....well done...

18 Nov, 2010
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lincslass said:

The amount of starlings around here ,I think if I made them they would soon be on the floor, so think I`ll stick with a casserole, thanks for the recipe.....

18 Nov, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

that is excellent ~ thank you.
perhaps i need to make an alternative for the squirrels ~ they will think they are in heaven if i make one of those!

18 Nov, 2010
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aster said:

Aww that would be good Sticki,then they wouldn't feel like criminals lol :))

18 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lol Mac .. poor girls seems any money you might save making your own being spent on gallons of juice for them .Sure like Deida you ll devlop your own system although the wire hook works Ok for smaller ones .. weight of several starlings pulls it off ..mm

Thanks Deida .. sorry last comment I saw you were keeping recipe a secret so left to my own devices it all got rather messy lol Enjoyed myself but your design seems to work well.

Aye Lincslass we also bring them in at night in case our rodent visitors find them irrestible .. the fat mix and crushing the nuts seems to deter the squirrels ST but still love the peanut feeders.We cant beat them so leave out monkey nuts in shells they seem to prefer peeling them ..

19 Nov, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

oh thanks for that ~ that would take them a little bit longer too! are they in a feeder?
so squirrels dont like the peanuts crushed?

19 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Not when mixed with the fat ST we leave the monkey nuts in tree stumps , buckets , flower pots etc keeps them entertained they seem to like working out how to get them.

Sure you will have seen pics of them climbing across lines and through complicated systems to get their nuts ..so entertain them and the birds will concentrate on their feeders.

Personally feel that wildlife has a way of balancing itself and its us humans that have decided which ones we prefer ..accept them all and they have a way of tolerating one another.

20 Nov, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

i love to watch them and yes ive seen those persistant little geniuses[?] across the wires ~ its a wonder they dont arrive with a box of chocolates!!!
why didnt i think of the treasure hunt for squirrels ~ i would love to watch them ~ thanks bonkersbon

20 Nov, 2010
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david said:

I'll give this a go, and the kids will love do9ing this, too, especially if there's any mess involved! :-))

20 Nov, 2010
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hobbit said:

Is it ok to put currants out in a dish for the birds? Found some past their sell-by date at my Mums, have them soaking in a bowl of water as I type!

20 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Good luck ST sure they ll all rub along together we often used to see a squirrel and greater spotted woodpecker squaring up to one another.They both got some nuts eventually.

Mess guaranteed David ..lol but cheap , amazingly despite the weather they are still in one piece possibly because froze them solid !

Hi Hobbit should be fine .. we have several apple trees and the windfalls last the blackbirds and thrushes throughout the winter.Often the softer the better ..love their fruit.

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