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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject: Cooking for birds Reply with quote

The birds are eating a home made fat block every day, so with only one left, it was time to start cooking!

Now we're set up for another week:


Food for over a week!
Food for over a week!
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This shows the eight new ones, still in their moulds and the last of the previous batch. (Each block weighs about 300g - a bluetit weighs 11g).

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they plastic cup sized or bigger? 200g cream pot maybe?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dampflippers wrote:
Are they plastic cup sized or bigger? 200g cream pot maybe?

Much bigger - one mould holds 350 ml of water, the side measures 107mm and the top diameter is 94mm.

Many years ago (about 30) I had severe psoriasis, and spent about six weeks in a specialist skin hospital until they sorted me out, and continued in Out Patients for a very long time. They made up their own ointments - and I've kept the containers all these years!!!!

I can't think of anything similar - though maybe you'll have some ideas?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Fat cake Reply with quote

Do you use animal fat suet/lard or veg fat? also have you a recipe that you always use?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use suet, then changed to dripping when I found that this has an equally high melting point, and is much cheaper. (I mean the dripping bought in the supermarket, not the stuff left in the roasting tin)!

I use animal fat as this is much better for the birds -explanation here:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/expert/previous/fats.aspx

I don't actually have a precise recipe - just some guidelines starting with 500g of drippping, then 500g of porridge oats then 500g of a mixture containing chopped peanuts, sunflower hearts and mixed seed.

After this I add stuff until the fat seems to be absorbed - butIi'm sure I could be more precise than this if I make notes next time.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: fat cake Reply with quote

No thats fine, I made some from a bird recipe book that had peanut butter in it, but that makes it expensive. I have seen your birds enjoying yours, so its nice to know what you use. Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: fat cake Reply with quote

Jo13 wrote:
No thats fine, I made some from a bird recipe book that had peanut butter in it, but that makes it expensive. I have seen your birds enjoying yours, so its nice to know what you use. Thanks
You're welcome, I'm glad it helps. I'm surprised that the bird recipe book suggested peanut butter as this usually contains salt, which is not good for birds. I spent a long time trying to find salt-free peanut butter, but failed to find any. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a very old baby food liquidiser. The O ring leaks now because it has hardened, but I tried it out for peanuts and it is brilliant.
I grind a scoop of peanuts at a time. Not too many or they don't circulate.
I have also tried a coffee grinder attachment to an old hand mixer, but this was alot slower.
It works well with peanuts and sunflower hearts, but when I tried mixed wildbird seed I don't think they liked having minced husks.

I use a plastic bag inside plastic cups, and that fits great in a tube fatball feeder. I used to use some thicker individual jelly pots- but don't have them now.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:11 pm    Post subject: Dried fruit Reply with quote

Hi,

I've been making up my own mix of seed & nuts, wanted to also put some dried sultanas in as well, should the dried fruit always be soaked in water first, or is it ok as it is?
The birds love the fat cake I made, much better than the suet balls that I bought! Won't be using the peanut butter in them next time though, after your advise about it having salt in it.
I hope after all this feeding I'll be lucky this year with something using one of my nest boxes, I see your boxes getting visits everyday, even on really cold days! I have had a great tit visit, not everyday though, do you think It would visit everyday now if it was seriously considering using it?

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jo, which bird recipe book did you use?
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