Activities

Making Fun Bird Feeders For The Yard



Pinecone Feeders

Materials:

  • Pine cones
  • Knife
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Spoon
  • Peanut butter (chunky)
  • Shortening
  • Kaytee Songbirds brand bird food
  • Raisins
  • Cereal

Directions:

Combine one part shortening and one part chunky peanut butter. Spread mixture over pine cone with knife. Roll pine cones covered with peanut butter/shortening in a mixture of Kaytee Songbirds food, raisins, cereal or any one of those ingredients. Hang seed covered cones on branches.

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Search and Find

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Avian Tree Decorations

This is great anytime of the year, but especially during and after the holiday season with your own Christmas tree.

Materials:

  • Cotton String
  • Heavy Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Peanut Butter
  • Kaytee Suet
  • Kaytee Wild Bird Food
  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Popcorn
  • Cranberries
  • Pine Cones

Directions:

Choose a small evergreen tree or a shrub near a window, so you can enjoy watching the birds visit your decorated tree. Trim the tree with the following items:

  • Pine cones covered with peanut butter and rolled in Kaytee Wild Bird Food
  • Popcorn and cranberries on a string
  • Orange halves filled with fruit and or nuts
  • Kaytee Suet hung in suet holders
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Making Your Pet Bird a Toy

Simple Bird Toy & Foraging Ideas:

There are some simple household items that can be great bird toys!
Always keep a close eye on your birdie buddy to be sure he's being safe!

Smaller birds love to chew on Dixie cups, edges of coffee filters, facial tissues or toilet paper, clothespins w/o wire, Popsicle sticks or plastic beads that are sized appropriately.

Larger birds love to chew on wooden spoons, leftover pieces of clean & safe wood, clean natural cotton mop head, corks, natural rawhide dog treats or an old phone book.

A great foraging idea for all birds is to place some of their favorite treats, (maybe Kaytee Healthy bits or Kaytee Awesome Treats) into a coffee filter or piece of paper towel and use a piece of sisal rope to tie it shut into a little bag. Place this in an empty feed bowl or hang it from the cage and watch your birdie chew through it until they get their treats!

Check any toys you give your pet to be sure they are being kept clean. If he/she gets them wet or poops on them you'll want to remove them from cage. If it's possible to clean then please do so, or change them out with new toys!

You always need to be sure the toys you give your pet are sized appropriately and there is no way your bird could become injured from them.

Your birdie buddy is very smart; toys and foraging items help keep him from becoming bored!

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Cookie Cutter Feeders

Materials:

  • Stale, but not moldy, grained bread
  • Cookie cutters
  • Yarn or string
  • Peanut butter
  • Shortening
  • Kaytee Birders' Blend

Directions:

Cut out bread shapes using the various cookie cutters. Attach yarn or string through the center of the bread. Spread both sides with peanut butter and shortening mix, (1 part peanut butter to 1 part shortening). Sprinkle with fresh Kaytee Birders' Blend Bird Food. Hang from a tree and have fun watching the birds! Set the remaining bread scraps out on the lawn for birds to eat as well.

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