Whether you have hummingbirds, cardinals, or sparrows in your backyard, you can make some food that they will enjoy. Each type of bird requires a different diet so be aware of the species that live in your area. Add some of this homemade bird food to your feeders and birds will thank you by paying a visit each day.
To make organic sugar hummingbird food, you will need:
Step 1: Add the water to the saucepan and bring the water to a boil on a burner set on high heat.
Step 2: Slowly pour the cane sugar into the boiling water. Use the spoon to stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and the solution is clear.
Step 3: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the contents cool.
Step 4: Fill the hummingbird feeder with the liquid and refrigerate the excess for up to a week.
To make organic dried vegetable bird food, you will need:
• Celery leaf, kale, or dandelion greens
• Sweet potatoes, beets, or carrots
• Peanut butter (optional)
• Pine cone (optional)
• Food dehydrator
Step 1: Create flake food by drying celery leaf, kale, or dandelion greens in the food dehydrator. These do not take long to dry so monitor the dehydrating process carefully. Sprinkle these onto other vegetables or birdseed or attach them to a homemade bird feeder made by covering a pinecone with peanut butter.
Step 2: Cook the sweet potatoes, beets, or carrots slightly, cut them into small pieces with the knife, and dehydrate them until they are crispy.
Step 3: Blanch corncobs by briefly cooking them in a saucepan filled with boiling water. Use the knife to shave the corn kernels off the cob.
Step 4: Shuck peapods by hand, place the peas into the strainer, and steam blanch them.
Step 5: Put the corn and peas into the food dehydrator for at least six hours, until they are crunchy and dry.
Step 6: Add the dried vegetables to your bird feeder.