How to: Create a fat-cake feeder for birds

Fat -Cake Feeder Web Jan 15
As summer fades it’s important to look after garden birds. Cold weather makes food and water scarce so we need to do everything we can to provide our feathered friends with the supplies they need. Make sure feeders and tables are filled regularly, and ensure you have a constant supply of fresh water. Provide a variety of foods, including seeds, nuts and fat- based feeds (like our recipe), as not all birds like the same things – live foods like mealworms are great for an occasional treat. 

What you’ll need:

  • Empty yoghurt pots 
  • String and scissors 
  • Bowl and spoon 
  • Birdseed and nuts 
  • Raisins
  • Grated cheese 
  • Lard or suet


Step 1
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix them well. There’s no need to melt the fat – just make sure it’s at room temperature and cut it into small pieces. Aim for equal quantities of each ingredient.

Step 2
Put a small hole in the bottom of a yoghurt pot and thread a piece of string through it – make sure there’s lots of string coming out of the bottom. Fill with mixture surrounding the string that’s inside the pot.

Step 3
Fill several pots until the mixture is gone and put them in the fridge. When they’re set you can cut away the yoghurt pots with scissors. Use one feeder at a time, leaving others in their pots in the fridge until needed.

Step 4
Hang finished feeders by their long piece of string – from a tree or bird table is ideal. The feeder may start to break up in rain or very hot weather, but it’s likely to be eaten very quickly once the birds get a taste.