How to Make Your Own Pet Bird Seed Mix
Making your own pet bird seed mix can be done in just a few minutes at home. Buying shed loads of bird feed for your pet bird can work out rather expensive, so making your own can be rewarding and much cheaper. There are many recipes for making various kinds of bird seed for wild birds and pet birds, so you should get professional advice for choosing the correct recipe for your bird. Below, is one recipe which can be used for mid sized home pet birds and some wild birds as an outdoor feeder.
Items and Ingredients Needed:
- White Millet
- Black Sunflower Seeds
- Cracked Corn
- Bird Feeder Wire Cage
Step 1 – Set Up
Make sure that the ingredients you are using are right for your bird before you begin this process. Set up the ingredients and use equal proportions of everything. If you are using suet, you need to heat it up until it melts and then leave it to go cold again. It will reset when cold. Heat it up once again on a gentle heat until it melts again and then turn off the heat.
Step 2 – Mixing
Add the rest of the ingredients together in the suet and mix them until they are totally blended in. You can tip the ingredients into small cake or muffin tins and allow them to cool. They will effectively become suet cakes which you can then freeze and store for use at a later date. Black sunflower seeds are excellent for birds because they have a very high calorific value and the bird will get plenty nourishment and not have to feed as often. You also have the option of using a particular seed which you know your bird enjoys. If it is not listed in the ingredients just acquire some and add it to the recipe.
Step 3 – Without Suet
You can of course choose to leave suet out of the equation and proceed to a dry food mix with just the seeds and nuts. If you wish to eliminate the use of suet, you can use syrup with an edible glue to mix together and bind the mixture. This will allow the bird to chip away at the construction of the feed and can be effective for helping its beak. Instead of making cake style seed feeds you can bind them and make cylindrical hangers that the bird can eat from. Wire bird feed hangers are available at pet stores for a few dollars. Most people fill them with peanuts and hang them outside on trees, but they can be adapted to hang inside a cage for your pet bird to use. One other thing about suet is that it is made from animal fats and can turn quite nasty in hot weather, so this might be better used in winter months.
Step 4 – Hanging
Hanging the bird feeder in the cage is usually quite simple. They will be wired so that they can hook over the inside of one of the top struts of the cage.