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How to Make Your Own Birdseed Mix

Last week we talked about the importance of your commitment when you decide to start feeding the wild birds in your yard.  This is especially important in the winter.

 

There are a lot of premixed bird seed mixtures

A bird-seed dispenser
A bird-seed dispenser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

on the market and you can buy them at any discount store and even in bulk at most do it yourself stores and warehouse stores.  People who enjoy watching birds know it is important to offer them food to entice them to your yard. You could buy those expensive pre-mixed birdseeds, but why spend the extra money when you can make your own birdseed mix. Here ís a recipe birds will love.

Ingredients:

4 cups black-oil sunflower seeds
2 cups whole oats
1 cup corn meal
1 cup dried fruit

Step 1  Put the sunflower seeds into a food processor and grind for two seconds. You donít want the seed to be entirely ground but broken up to make it easier for the birds to eat. Pour the sunflower seeds into a large bowl.

Step 2  Pour the whole oats into the processor and grind them in the same manner as the seeds. Pour the oats into the bowl with the seeds.

Step 3  Add the corn meal to the bowl and then stir it together.

Step 4  Chop the dried fruit into small bits to make it easier for the birds to eat. Use cranberries, raisins, apricots, or other dried fruit. Add that to the other ingredients and blend it together.

Step 5  Pour the entire mixture into a storage container which seals well.

Step 6  Place some of the mixture into your bird feeders. Take time to see how many different birds come to your feeder to enjoy what you made.

You can alter the above recipe by adding or substituting any of the following:

* White proso millet
* Safflower seeds
* Cracked corn

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