So today I'm taking a little break from the dog toy series, whilst I wait to hear back from the manufactures and suppliers that I contacted.
Instead this week I've had a go at making my own bird feeders for the garden. It was a lot of fun and even though it didn't take very long you could easily make a great activity session out of it.
If your children are over 2 years you will be able to have fun getting them involved in this and then have the added bonus of seeing the birds use them.
For this particular feeder I used a jar of smooth peanut butter that needed to be used as it was approaching its end date, some toilet tubes (always so handy, they never make it to the recycling bin in our house!), some mixed wild bird seed and some string.
The method is pretty simple:
1 - Pour some seed on a plate
2 - Apply a generous and fairly even coating to the outside of the toilet roll
3 - Roll the peanut butter covered toilet roll in the seed and pat it on firmly getting a really solid coating.
4 - Thread the string through and hand it up outside for the birds.
One of the things I love most about this method is that after its all been used up, what's left over can be composted, so there's no waste.
Different birds like different kinds of seeds so try doing some with just sunflower hearts or nijer seed or even crushed peanuts.
I had hoped to get some pictures of the birds at my feeding station but alas they waited until I sat down before a mob of pigeons descended.
The key to feeding wild birds, even if you don't have a garden (I have a first floor patio) is to be consistent and to keep your feeders and drinkers clean.
I'll be posting some of my other wild bird feeding creations on my Twitter page you follow me @RandR_Pet
If you give this is try, or have any other ideas please drop them in the comments, I'd love to see them and I'll be back next Friday with another blog.