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This week we made bird feeders for Christmas gifts. The kids were so excited to pour all the ingredients.

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We made 2 different kinds. One for the chickens and one for the wild birds. The beauty of DIY feeders is you can do anything really. Play with the ingredients and molds. This time around we used heart shaped molds for the chicken feeders and a loaf pan for the wild bird feeders.

Chicken Feeder

1 cup Lard
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Wheat Bran
1/2 cup Old Fashion Oats
1/2 cup Grit
1/2 cup Barley
1/2 cup Raisins

Melt peanut butter and lard. Mix the rest of the ingredients together with melted ingredients. Pour into any mold or pan. Place in the fridge or freezer to set.

Wild Bird Feeder

2 cups Lard
1 cup Grit
1 cup Barley
2 cups Bird seed

Melt lard. While the lard is melting mix all your ingredients in the loaf pan. Pour the melted lard over the other ingredients. Place in the fridge or freezer to set. When set cut into blocks.

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There are several ways to hang your feeder. You can poke a hole in the feeder with a skewer, loop in a ribbon or my favorite, twine and hang from a branch or the fence. I saw these great little houses on Fresh Eggs Daily. Check them out, they are a cinch to make.

Have fun! You will love watching the birds come and devour the new delicious treat.

Finished product!

Finished product!

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