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Fat Balls for Birds

So What about Suet fat Balls?

Perhaps you would like to take part in the Big Garden Bird Watch. If so, then you will have a better chance of seeing a good number of birds if you provide food for them. This will also help the birds to survive the winter months when food supplies are scarce. Suet fat balls are a great choice of food. The birds love them and they are a valuable source of energy.

Many species of birds relish suet fat balls including tits, sparrows, blackbirds, robins and blackcaps. The balls can be placed in feeders, on tables or broken into pieces and scattered on the ground. The fat balls may be supplied in mesh bags. They should be removed from these as the mesh can trap bird’s feet and beaks causing distress and serious injuries.

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We're moving into the colder weather now in the last part of the years, and one of the things that keeps the birds visiting your garden alive is fat balls. While they're a popular purchase in the colder months, they're actually an excellent way to feed birds all year round, and you can even make them yourself at home. Those extra calories can make a big difference to birds, ensuring their survival as the weather gets colder.

Suet Fat Balls – Not Just for Winter

Suet fat balls are traditionally a winter treat for British birds but they are also useful at other times of the year. Birds require an energy boost during breeding, moulting and pre-migration. High fat suet balls are the perfect solution. However, if you do provide fat balls in warm or hot weather then remove any uneaten portions after a short time as they can quickly start to rot in the heat.

Which Types Of Birds Eat Fat Balls?

Fat balls for birds are very popular, and a range of birds will happily munch away on the delicious fat balls feeders you can hang in the garden. Some of the birds you might see include:

Blue Tit

Tiny blue and yellow birds are a common garden visitor, and they love to eat the nuts and seeds packed into fat balls.

Great Tit

You'll notice these birds by their black and white heads and yellow chests with a black stripe. You'll be able to see them darting around the garden and feasting on the fat ball feeders you hang.


Brown and grey birds, these are delicate little birds that will catch any falling crumbs coming from the fat balls you hang.


Robins will hang from a feeder, especially if you pop the fat balls into a strong wire cage.

How To Make Fat Balls

You can either buy fat balls, or if you have the time and patience, then you can make your own with the recipe below.

Ingredients To Include

  • Lard or suet are the most popular bases to use for fat balls. You should use one part fat and two parts dried ingredients for it to hold together.
  • Bird Seed. Almost anywhere with pet food will sell wild bird seed to use as a dry ingredient for the fat balls.
  • Dried fruit over wet here, but birds love dried raisins and chopped dates in fat balls!
  • Birds love to peck at a range of nuts, including walnuts, so you should consider adding them in.

Ingredients To Avoid

There are some things birds shouldn't eat, including cooked oats, bread, and cooked meat fats. None of these are suitable for their health.

The Method

It's straightforward to make fat balls for birds. All you have to do is melt the fat in a pan and then stir through the dry ingredients. Everything should come together and be evenly coated, and then you can put the mixture into moulds like yoghurt pots and coconut shells to harden in the fridge. Once set, either put them out the way they are or add them to a feeder.

Fat balls will be a popular feature in your garden, especially if you put them into wire cages for the birds to get at. They can hang onto the wire cages and eat the fat balls, and it'll help sustain them and keep them alive. Fat balls can be made with any combination of dry ingredients you like, so have fun with them to offer something delicious this winter.


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