Help the birds this winter with our Fat Bird Feeder!
During these cold winter months it’s important to look after ourselves and eachother. To eat well, keep warm, stay dry and check in on those around us who may be more vulnerable. While it’s important to look after our nearest, dearest or anyone in your community who may need help, it’s also important for us to help the fauna around us too, so we’ve thought of a hempy way you can help the birds in your area!
Our feathered friends can have a tough time in the UK in the chilly winter months. It may seem like they’ve all migrated south to some sunny African shores as we see far fewer. In actual fact alot of them start grouping together; flocking together increases their chances of finding food, spotting predators and keeping warm at night by huddling together.
So having said that, we have concocted our Hempy version of a rainy day classic suitable for all the family – a Winter Bird Fat Feeder!
They’re still as simplistic and fun to make as you may remember from being a child. Birds love the juiciness of fruit, nuts, dried snacks – avoid anything, salty or any artificial sugars or anything like that though!
We rifled through the backs of our store cupboards; we found some Dried Apricots which were well past their best, some cranberries, rice cakes which resembled more packing material then snacking material to go with our Whole Hemp Seeds – because birds deserve all that delicious protein too! Instead of the old-fashion favourite of animal suet (it is Veganuary after all!) we used coconut oil which is more environmentally friendly and is not contributing to the animal agricultural industry.
We had to soften our coconut oil slightly in a pan (not nearly enough to melt the oil), before bundling it into a mixer along with the cranberries. We chopped up the Apricots to a more digestible bird-friendly size, crumbled up the polystyrene-ey like rice cakes and chucked in a massive handful of Hempiness Whole Hemp Seeds. The ratio of oil – dry goods should be about 1:2. Stir it up until you have a good muddled mix. Now comes the messy bit…
If you don’t have a bird feeder; Save up a good few yoghurt pots or takeaway coffee cups for use on this crafty project and get some string/twine. Pierce the bottom of the cup/pots with scissors, thread a length of string/twine through the hole and secure inside with a knot. Pack the pot tightly with the mixture and refrigerate until it’s hard. Once set, the pot should just crack off from the mixture with abit of loosening. Tie securely to a washing line or tree or shrub for the birds to enjoy their succulent, nutritious feast!
If you have a bird feeder ball cage (as above); Use your hands to scoop out suitable size to fit into your feeder, squash compact and roll into a ball. Line a tray with some greaseproof paper, put the feed balls on, stick in the fridge and leave to solidify. Once hard you can put them in cage and let the birds feast!
It’s important we help the birds – they’re an integral part of our ecosystem. Have fun and do good at the same time. Winning!