Friday, 17 August 2012

Fir cone bird feeders tutorial :)

This is a few of the 8 fir cone bird feeders that i made :) i decided to make it because the normal fat ball feeders for birds fall apart but by doing it this way they wont fall apart and the birds will have somewhere stable to stand whilst feeding. Here is how to make them:

What you will need:

  • Bird seed
  • Lard
  • Fir Cones (However many you would like to do)
  • String

First heat up some lard (it doesnt have to be a specific amount just as much as you think will cover the number of fir cones that you have) heat it just enough so that it is soft enough to mix bird seed in to easily.

Second mix in an amount of bird seed that you think is enough until it is mixed in evenly.

Next coat the fir cones in the mixture, make sure you can fill in some of the caps in the fir cones so that there is more mixture for the birds to eat :)

Now rest the fir cones on to some paper to dry for a while until the mixture has stayed stuck to the fir cone.

Next put them in to an egg box to keep them the right way up and place them in to the fridge to let them set properly. Leave them over night to set :)

Finally tie string around the top with a double knot to make it secure and then tie them up where ever to like for the birds to feed on :)

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial :) Let me know how yours turn out and feel free to send me some images of how yours turn out :)


  1. Is it okay to feed birds lard like this? And it seems like so much fat. I am genuinely asking since I have not come across this kind of formula before. I guess that is slightly more "natural" than peanut butter, but peanut butter does not come from I just have mixed feelings about this. Thank you.

    1. Well ive found that most of the fat balls that you buy are made using lard so I think that it should be safe because people wouldn't be able to sell it if it caused harm, I hope this has helped :)

    2. I just looked on the rspb website and they have said that lard is safe to feed birds :)

  2. Another website was suggesting gelatin.