Posted: 18/05/2013 at 22:17
If you can, try making yur own fat balls. Many of the commercial ones are full of bone dust and saw dust (I kid you not), and they are so easy to make and so much more nutricious. I buy 500 gr packs of cheap lard or dripping, melt it, then add chopped peanuts, dried insects, seeds of all and any kind, bits of fruit - whatever is available. I set it in small drink bottles with the cap ends cut off, then cut the bottle off (it can still be recycled), and place that into fat ball feeder or any other feeder it will fit. The birds love it and I know they are getting good stuff - there also is not so much waste as they eat it all, rahter than dropping the rubbish they can't eat rom the commercial ones. One warning though, squirrels love it too, so if you have those, you may need to think about what feeder to use to keep them away.