Make Your Own Bird Food: Suet & Seed Mixes
As thoughtful as it is to make suet, pine cones or any object they land on must be free of fats. If u use a pine cone stick a dowel through it for them to perch. If not the oils will cause hypothermia.
Old corn cobs work well in place of pine cones, lather them with chunky peanut butter and pour bird seed on them; you can run an eye screw into one end to make an easy hanger. It will keep a squirrel busy for a while and out of your bird feeder.
We have been feeding the birds in our little apartment backyard in Central Valley, CA for 10 years now. I can't quite figure out the suet better so they'll eat it. Our regulars our squeaky, bossy blue jays, dark eyed juncos, double crested sparrows, and the ubiquitous mourning dove. We have definitely seen a reduction in their populations and variety, so sad. Happy birding, all!
For the past 4 years the population of birds has dramatically decreased in east Texas... I have asked many people about this and searched the internet for answers... The only reason I have been able to find indicates that the reduction in the bird population could be due to the chemicals that our government has been using in their weather manipation for climate control, cloud seeding (chem trail) program ... I guess there is always a side effect to progess ...
Over the years, bird migration paths vary.
It's very likely you will see the birds return over time.
I live in the foothills of NC and have noticed since September of this year the birds no longer come to the feeders in my front yard. Even the squirrels are missing. Was thinking maybe the hurricanes had something to do with their disappearance. Can you shed any light on this?
Has anyone used coconut oil for these cakes? I saw a blog about it. Living in a cold area, I figure small cakes made with coconut would be OK. Anyone?
I realize you asked 3 yrs ago, so it may be useless, but, just in case...I use coconut oil with sunflower butter and it works great.