Picture of Hanging Wild Bird Treat - A different kind of seed bead
You can save money by creating your own hanging treats, instead of purchasing preformed bells or biscuits.

Conversely, you can spend a ton of money spoiling your wild animal friends.  You can attract a lot of wild bird company by hanging out a customized treat.  They are shamelessly friendly to those who feed them, much like those people who only come to your parties when there is free food & booze.

Basically, you get a bunch of your animals' favorite treats and stick them together onto a rope, to form a bead-like hanging treat.

What you need:

Wild Bird Food (Seeds, Nuts, Corn, Whatever)
Plastic Wrap!
Committed counter Space (it takes a day or two for the treats to dry completely)

I made a big mix of food, including small seeds for the nuthatches, finches, and chickadees on my property, combined with corn and peanuts for the chipmunks and squirrels, and I also added large nuts for the Steller's jays, woodpeckers, and our lone raven. The jays or the woodpeckers tear apart the treats and the smaller birds and mammals pick up the bits they like from the ground beneath. The raven hides behind the bushes and only comes out for his favorite tidbits.

Note:  I used a soft rope for these treats, which worked fine at first, but the squirrels have started chewing it up.  I will be making future treats with a tougher rope base. 

20kdk2 years ago
They finished it in one day!
20kdk2 years ago
I love it!! I even added a screw at the end of the rope so I can hang oranges too!
Tunkis4 years ago
Really great my grandma loved it! Il post a picture of the birds soon:) 5 stars
ChrysN5 years ago
Nice, looks like your customers approve.