Easty Peasy Fatball

Bird seed and fat make a really good home made fatball. Birds love it.  I love this recipe.  It only takes a jiff to to.

Here is the step by step recipe –

  • 1lb mixed bird seed
  • 500g (1/2 lb) lard.  IT MUST BE FAT.  IT CANNOT BE VEGETABLE OIL.  BIRDS NEED FAT FOR ENERGY.
  • Small containers lined with greaseproof paper or kitchen foil.
  • Melt the lard in a frying pan.  the lard does not need to get really hot.  Just needs to be warm liquid.
  • Mix the bird seed and lard together in a large tub.
  • Divide the mixture into the smaller tube
  • wait for the lard to go solid and the mixture to set
  • Put the mixture from one of the small tubs on a bird table and save the others for another day.
  • Sit back with a coffee and a biscuit and watch as they flock to eat the food.

It really is a great, easy bird cake receip.  It’s good because it bulks out the bird seed and gives our feathered friends much needed fat.

2 thoughts on “Easty Peasy Fatball

  1. Mike

    I have had lots of problems with squirrels eating bird fat cakes that I put out. I remember reading somewhere about adding a large spoonful of chilli powder to stop this, as birds are not affected by chilli. But I don’t want to do this if the birds will be injured in some way.

  2. Trish Post author

    Hi Mike, Squirrels used to drive me mad. I don’t know where they have gone this last year, but they aren’t about so I haven’t had to bother about them

    When they were about I did try coating the bird food with chilli powder,but for some reason it did not work. I had read that the RSPB said it was a way to keep squirrels away. So I tried it. It did not work. I know coating birdfood with chilli pepper did not work, but I could not remember the reason why. I looked up some notes and saw that I had written this on 17 November 2008

    Notes below have been taken from 17 November 2008 Chilli pepper and keeping squirrels away .
    I have taken the RSPB’s advice about how to keep squirrels away from bird food. It hasn’t worked.
    The RSPB report that chilli pepper powder on bird food keeps squirrels away but does not bother birds.

    RSPB advise that the bird food is put in a bag with the pepper powder and shaken together.

    Tell that to the birds.
    None of the bird food that I covered with the pepper powder has been touched by birds.
    The bird food was on the ground feeder and bird table. I even took the meshed cover off the ground feeder and still the bird food was not eaten. Not one seed was touched
    On the other hand I haven’t seen a squirrel today.
    Have brought the bird food inside and will put it outside again tomorrow
    -0-0-0-
    So Mike, the reason was that the birds did not eat the bird food either. The chilli powder put off the squirrels and the birds! I do not know if chilli powder is bad for birds, but I should think that they have sense enough to know themselves if they like chilli powder or not!
    I will see if I can see any more up to date info on this idea, as just because it did not work for me does not mean it did not work for other people. thanks for getting in touch. Trisha

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