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I have been buying fat balls from pet shops,then someone on wab said they were not nice make your own,so yesterday i bought 2lb of beef dripping melted it in a saucepan and poured it over, wait for it,crushed crackers,cockatiel seed,wild bird seed,sunflower seed,chopped peanuts,and sultanas,it nearly filled my mixing bowl.
I stirred it well and left to cool.after about four hours i gave it another stir and left it another hour,by this time it was starting to set,so i got my hands in there and started to roll some balls,what a mess i got into as it started to melt in my warm hands,so that was no good what do i do now?.
Putting my hands in two plastic sandwich bags solved the problem,when i am down town next i will invest in some of those plastic through away gloves then i shall be well away, i made 19 big fat balls out of that mixture and it cost me next to nothing to make,in fact they look good enough to eat.
Put some out today but there wasn't many birds about as it was pouring with rain all day,of course now its dark its stopped,will see what tomorrow brings.
Originally posted by skjalddis
I find that birds will disappear for a while if there's been a hawk around - they'll go somewhere else for a while then gradually drift back. I've known them vanish for a few weeks for this reason. Did you notice any predators around prior to this disappearance? It could be that.