Friday, August 12, 2011

Birdfood from the Kitchen

Feed Winter Birds from the Kitchen
Feeding Winter Birds from the Kitchen
Making homemade bird feed and feeders is a wonderful way to use up bits of kitchen scraps.  Square wire feeders are particularly easy to fill with stale bread sandwiches and bits of seed and corn meal from the kitchen.  These are easy for the kids to make too and they fit nicely in the square feeder where you would normally pay a dollar each for squares of suet feed.  You can use up the peanut butter from the bottom of the jar, heals of bread loafs, raisins, sunflower seeds, cornmeal, vegetable shortening or bacon grease. 

Another great trick for homemade bird feed is last years gingerbread house; it can be covered in homemade suet and seed and set outside for munching.  Pine cones collected from the yard can also be covered in  mixture of bacon grease and peanut butter.  Fruit can be sliced to fill a square feeder or hung from string to serve as a feeder in themselves.  Fill old potato sacks with fruit scraps or suet and seed or fill old two liter bottles with homemade hummingbird food. 

If you are really into bird watching then there are several websites that will tell you what foods will attract which birds and you can tailor your feeders to them.  For example, breads will attract bluebirds while suet made of beef fat will attract cardinals.  If you have bird lovers in your family you could even make homemade bird feeders as gifts.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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