If you want to attract birds, you should make a natural birdseed bell to hang on the balcony or in the garden. Our guide explains how, step-by-step with natural ingredients.
1. Feeding birds
Who does not know the birdseed bells, which can be bought in the shop and which you hang in the garden or on the balcony, so that the birds also have something to eat in winter. At the same time, of course, there is also bird food in grain form, which you can spread in birdhouses. However you want to feed the birds in winter, they will thank you. The popular bells can also be produced by yourself. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do this.
2. Make a natural birdseed bell – step by step instructions
To make a natural birdseed bell you need the following ingredients:
- Natural seed mixture
- Coconut fat
- some oil
- thick cord
Melt the fat in a saucepan. Caution: it must not boil, it should only become liquid. Then you can stir the finished grain mixture into the fat. If you have put too many grains in the fat, then you have to add a little fat to the pot again. If you don’t do that, the dumplings will become brittle later.
If you think the consistency is right, then you should now add a shot of oil to the mixture. This ensures that the dumplings become beautifully supple and do not crumbles later. Allow the mixture to cool for a while.
As the mass cools, you can prepare the bands for the seed balls. Simply pick up a cord and cut it. Keep in mind that you will have to double-draw the cord later to form a loop.
If the mass has cooled to the point where you can take it in your hand, then you can now form balls out of the mixture. You must incorporate the double-taken cord immediately. You can also put the balls in discarded orange nets or mandarin nets and hang them later. If you do not put the balls in such nets, then you can then roll them into bird feed.
Once the balls have cooled down, you only have to hang them.
Tips for proper feeding
- If you prefer to buy purchased birdseed, be sure to remove the plastic nets before hanging them up. Instead, you can fill the feed in a silo that birds cannot hurt.
- If you don’t have any molds at hand, you can simply shape the mass into balls and stick them on a wooden stick. Once they have hardened, you simply place the feeding stick in the ground in your garden.
- Very important: Regular cleaning of the feeding points and also nesting boxes if available! Because often many different bird species are active at the feeding places and run the risk of transmitting diseases to one another.
- The more birds are active in your garden, the more beautiful. If you care for different food sources such as perennials, shrubs or berries, many different types of wild birds visit your garden regularly! And the more plants and flowers you house, the more insects roam your bird-friendly garden.