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Wanted.....Fat Balls UPDATE

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ShelleyRose Report 1 Jul 2013 23:35

Lol, Lol & more Lol. KittytheLearnerCook

I make my own fat balls! (much better than shop bought ones, well the birds think so)!
I make them using Beef Dripping (it stays more solid than Lard, tho I have used lard occasionally).
I melt the dripping in a saucepan, let it cool a bit, then add whatever nuts/fruit you've got, I use porridge oats or museli blueberries/raspberries/dried cranberries cut up, chopped up peanuts and sunflower seeds, when it's cooled down enough I spoon the mixture into cardboard loo roll tubes, put these when cool into a freezer bag or plastic container and into the fridge, they keep better this way, before I put them out for the birds I take the cardboard tubes off, the fat balls I put into the peanut feeders, they fit these and I can usually get 2 in a feeder.
Hope this helps.

ShelleyRose. x
:-D :-D :-D


KittytheLearnerCook Report 2 Jul 2013 09:28

Aww thanks Shelley Rose

More like fat sausages than balls, but I will definitely have a go later in the week :-D

Oh..............just seen something to cheer me up in the garden!

A blackbird went onto the bird table and grabbed a piece of my homemade date and walnut loaf which he seemed to be enjoying...........birds usually reject my offerings
:-D :-D


jgee Report 2 Jul 2013 10:43

just read this kitty ..ive had a good chuckle..

wondering if i will do im fat ..short to so can hang lol


KittytheLearnerCook Report 2 Jul 2013 10:52 are officially my back up plan :-D :-D



jgee Report 2 Jul 2013 10:56

Thank you Kitty lol .. lovely thread..



KittytheLearnerCook Report 2 Jul 2013 10:58

:-D :-D :-D

I am feeling like my old self again watch out :-D


JoyBoroAngel Report 2 Jul 2013 12:30

thanks for making us smile kitty xx


Merlin Report 2 Jul 2013 12:50

Mersey, you should have added "Tabasco" to them and got Great Balls of Fire. :-D :-D :-D


Renes Report 3 Jul 2013 18:26

Fat ball recipe ... On o my threads

Thanks ShelleyRose


ShelleyRose Report 3 Jul 2013 18:37

Kittythe LearnerCook & Renes,
Your welcome, hope your birds enjoy!
:-D :-D :-D :-D

ShelleyRose. x


KittytheLearnerCook Report 3 Jul 2013 20:54

I made some this afternoon some from a recipe on the link from Mr Magoo.

They are in the fridge all ready to go out Friday morning when my husband can keep watch on them as he is starting work later than me.

I'm all excited now :-D :-D


GinN Report 3 Jul 2013 21:02

It's threads like this that made me want to come back! Lovely! :-D :-D :-D


KittytheLearnerCook Report 3 Jul 2013 21:04 soggy fat balls have worked a bit of magic then :-D :-D <3


Mersey Report 3 Jul 2013 21:05

Well done Kitty :-D :-D :-D <3


JoyBoroAngel Report 3 Jul 2013 21:09

i used the old beef dripping from the chip pan
and the left over breakfast cereal and seeds

the birds love it and costs me nothing

mind the butler made some soup and
you could stand a spoon up in it
i put it out for the foxes and the wood pidgeons ate it
they where so fat they couldnt fly for hours
it was so funny to see :-D :-D


KittytheLearnerCook Report 3 Jul 2013 21:15

Thank you Mersey :-)

Joy......we had a pigeon wedged in the bird table once, the starling were going mad trying to peck him away poor thing :-(

We managed to prise him out eventually.........poor pidge! :-)


Renes Report 3 Jul 2013 21:15

Busy saving my loo rolls ... Such a clever idea ShelleyRose


ShelleyRose Report 3 Jul 2013 22:46

If you use kitchen rolls, you can cut them in half and use them as well.

ShelleyRose. x
:-D :-D :-D


Renes Report 3 Jul 2013 23:05

Oh yes - so I could. ...

will save them also ....

I have lots of long tailed tits ... And they love fat balls ...


KittytheLearnerCook Report 5 Jul 2013 19:16

YAAAAYYYYYY................they worked!!!!!

I am so happy I could sing a song of sixpence :-D :-D :-D

The birds loved them and apart from the bits that fell out and melted on the hot patio, they were a success *dances round thread*