Friday, May 6, 2011

Birdseed Recipes - Cardinal Seed Mix

I found a fabulous book with homemade recipes and seed mixes for our feathered friends. It has everything: suet, treats, fruit salads, breads, and garlands. I'd like to pass some of these on to you because if you're like me, you love to encourage birds to come to the garden. Don't forget that as well as great seed and treats, birds like a water feature, any type of water source will do, but if you are able to provide a fountain or bubbler, the sound of water really does the trick. Also keep the feeders and water source near a tree. Birds feel a little safer if they can find a quick exit and a hiding spot.

Cardinal Seed Mix: This recipe makes a huge amount. You can cut it down if you wish in equal parts.

10 lbs. black-oil sunflower seeds
10 lbs. hulled sunflower seeds
10 lbs. safflower seeds
5 lbs. unsalted pumpkin seeds
5 lbs. raisins
5 lbs. peanuts
5 lbs. cracked corn
Mix altogether and serve on a low table feeder or on the ground. Store seed mix in a cool place in a container with a secure lid.

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