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How to make fat balls for birds


If you like to attract birds to your garden then this is the article for you. Whilst you are here, feel free to browse through our range of wooden benches so you can sit in your garden and watch all the wonders of nature unfold.

Birds love flitting in and out of gardens that provide them with food. While nuts and seed are a vital part of their diet, they also love to snack on animal fats.

What do you need to make fat balls?

  • Yoghurt pots
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • String
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Animal fat, such as lard or suet


Simply mix one part vegetable or beef suet to two parts bird seed in a saucepan on low heat. Gently heat until the components are blended together and remove from the heat. Once the mixture has cooled, scoop with your hands or an ice cream scoop. Place in the freezer to harden, and then place in the garden on a tray or on a special fat ball feeder.

Some ingredients to add to fat balls

  • Peanuts
  • Cooked rice
  • Leftover potato
  • Pastry
  • Cake
  • Wild Birdseed
  • Raisins and dried fruit (not coconut)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Oatmeal and Porridge Oats
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cheese
  • Nuts of all kinds

Other ways you can feed the birds

  • Empty yoghurt pots
  • Log bird feeder
  • Plate feeders
  • Pine cone bird feeder
  • Bottle seed feeder
  • Seeded apples

Do not feed the following foods to birds

  • Chocolate
  • Fruit pits and seeds
  • Coconut
  • Vegetable fat
  • Cooked oats
  • Caffeine
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocado
  • Xylitol

How To Make Fat Balls For Birds

Anna Sharples

Anna is the marketing and office manager for Garden Benches - a premium supplier of high-quality wooden benches and other outdoor furniture.

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