At this time of year, when frost is likely and the winter sun is weak, wild birds need our help to give them a boost and keep them going throughout the colder months. If you’ve never tried making your own fat balls for your feathered friends—don’t be put off thinking it’s a hassle or too hard to do! Whilst simply using stuff lying around your home, you can easily create your own homemade fat balls in no time at all. And with this simple fat ball (bird cake) recipe, it couldn’t be easier! It’s great fun for the kids to get involved with as well – they’ll love watching wild birds eat their food! Just follow our simple step-by-step guide and you can’t go wrong.

What will I need?

Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
String or twine
Lard
Dry ingredients—wild bird seed, uncooked porridge oats (very important not cooked), currants and sultanas, bread and cake crumbs, grated cheese and peanuts are all ideal.

How’s it done?

Step one: Weigh the dry ingredients you want to use. Fat balls tend to work best with one part fat to two parts dry mixture.

Step two: Cut your lard into small chunks then, in a bowl, combine with your dry ingredients. Mix it all up until all the fat has been absorbed and the mixture sticks together. Add more dry ingredients/lard as necessary.

Step three: Roll your mixture into chunky balls. Tie a big knot in your string or twine, then thread into the mixture, ensuring the knot is fully surrounded by the mixture.

Step four: Place the balls in the fridge to set for a few hours (overnight if possible) until hard.

Step five: Hang your fat balls outside by tying the string or twine on a tree.

Step six: Wait for your feathered friends to come flocking!

Find more hints and tips on how to care for pets and wild birds by reading our Wilko Life Blogs.

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