Make Your Own Fat Ball Feeder

Check out our step by step guide or watch the short video below as nature enthusiast and Operation WildNation ambassador Sarah Sarsfield shows you how to make your own homemade ‘Fat Ball Bird Feeders’ using a few basic materials. This fun activity helps birds stay healthy and fed over the cold winter period.

FUN FACT: The smallest bird in Ireland is the Gold Crest and he can weigh as little as a 20c coin!

This fat ball feeder will ensure that the little birds like the Gold Crest get enough food during the winter months to survive the cold weather.

What You’ll Need:

Fat (Suet or Lard)
Bird seed
Left over fruit or veg netting
2 bowls
Twine

Step 1

Cut your fat into small blocks and roll it in your hands to warm it up.

Step 2

Dip your fat into a bowl of bird seed and coat fully – make sure to mash it all together using your hands.

Step 3

Place your feed balls into the fruit or veg netting and tie it shut with some twine.

Step 4

Hang your feeder from a tree in your garden.

And that’s it! All that’s left to do is wash your hands!

We hope this fun activity will help attract lots of birds to your garden and keep them strong and healthy.


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