Sunday, December 1, 2013

How to make an easy homemade wildlife treat

With little vegetation or seeds on the ground, birds and other wildlife are looking for something to eat. This time of year there isn't much wildlife hanging around, but with something yummy to coax them there, you'll see lots of interesting wildlife! After we added some wildlife treats to our yard there were lots of birds, squirrels, and other animals! Here's how to make an 100% edible wildlife treat!

What you'll need:
  • Some Peanut Butter or Honey
  • An apple (although pears, plums, peaches, and tomatoes will do)
  • Some cracked corn or bird seeds


The Steps

  1. First you need to completely cover the apple with peanut butter or honey. Make sure there's enough to hold the seeds on, but not too much!
  2. Next completely cover the apple with seeds so that all the peanut butter or honey is covered. 
  3. Add another layer of peanut butter or honey if the seeds aren't sticking well.
  4. Stick a metal skewer through it and then hang it from a tree for squirrels and birds. You can also put it on the ground near a birdfeeder or somewhere birds and squirrels are seen on your property the most.
  5. Enjoy watching the squirrels hang on the string trying to eat it and all of the wildlife it attracts.



Your chickens would also enjoy this treat, just make sure not to leave any of its leftovers in your chicken run at night or it may attract some unwanted visitors. This treat may not be a good idea if you are still free ranging your chickens because it may attract hungry predators that could make a meal of your feathered friends when they're free ranging. We usually only put these out when snow is on the ground, because our chickens are no longer free ranging, so we don't have to worry about predators. If you still decide to put these out while your chickens are still free ranging, be sure to keep it as far away from the coop as possible, so predators will have to try a little harder to make a meal of your feathered friends. 

Hopefully you will try this out and enjoy watching wildlife (or your chickens) enjoy this yummy treat! If you do, please send us a picture and maybe we'll even post it!

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