Here are some great homemade bird food recipes that can be used at any time of the year, but especially in the cold winter months, when natural resources are scarce.
For many of us, it’s a great joy to watch and study our feathered friends. In the winter, experts maintain the best way to birdwatch is in a comfortable chair by the window. By keeping a feeder stocked with bird food, you can attract birds that will stay with you until spring.
Is it Good to Feed the Birds in Winter?
Rest assured that it’s fine to feed birds during the cold winter months. Supplemental food actually helps birds during especially tough winters—and this will not affect bird migration. A number of factors trigger the urge for birds to migrate, but the most significant one is day length. When the days get shorter, certain birds move on, regardless of whether there are still filled feeders available for them.
Bird Food Recipes
If you really want to impress your avian friends, here are a few recipes you can concoct:
Jack Dudley’s Woodpecker Pudding
A suet–peanut butter concoction that will drive all the wild birds, well, wild!
Packed with nuts and seeds, this mix is a feathered-friend favorite.
This simple baked cornbread is quite literally for the birds—and boy, do they enjoy it!
A simple suet recipe that is beloved by woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, and many more backyard birds.
What’s most important is that you keep birds safe by keeping your bird feeders clean. Scrub out feeders with a 10 percent non-chlorinated bleach solution at least a few times a year, and certainly between seasons. Remove suet in hot weather because it may spoil quickly.
Plus, here’s some advice for growing plants with seeds to feed the birds.
Do you feed the birds in your backyard? Who’s your favorite winged visitor? Tell us about them in the comments below!