I wnat to make pine cone bird feeders with school age kids. PLEASE HELP

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I'm making a assembly line in santa's village.. I would guess at least 50 kIds to come through.. HOW DO I MAKE IT??? Do i use peanut butter or suet.. I HAVE ALOT OF PIG FAT BACKS CAN I USE IT??? HOW much of each with seed and what kind of seed. Any kind of help would be much appreciated.. thanks MAUREEN

-- MAUREEN (onemaur@yahoo.com), November 12, 2001


take the pine cone, , spread peanut butter on it,, lard may work, but it would have to be apllied warm, the kept cold. Rolls is in birdseed,,,, attach a hook, COuld make all sunflower,, mix birdseed,, all thistle,, whatever

-- stan (sopal@net-port.com), November 12, 2001.

Maureen, I have made them with peanut butter or suet. If you use peanut butter, mix corn meal with it. It absorbs the peanut oil so as to not make it a sticky mess for the birds and possible clog their nasal holes in their beak. I use any type of bird seed available. Usually just the type for general feeding.

Just have them smear the premixed peanutbutter on the pine cone. Roll it in the bird seed. Tie a string to the top or bottom of the pine cone so they can hang it up in a tree - and you are done.

hope it helps.

-- Chris in PA (CLmngs@aol.com), November 12, 2001.

My kids and I love making pine cone bird feeders. We use peanut butter and mixed bird seed. I have to add that it is not as messy if you put the string on the pine cone BEFORE rolling it in the peanut butter.Just keep it out of the way when rolling. I think we may do some this evening.

-- Lou Ann (homes_cool@msn.com), November 12, 2001.

I used to do this with my first graders when I taught school. Make sure that you bring a bunch of sandwich baggies or something of that nature to put them in for the kids to take them home. Makes a doozy of a mess in a backpack.

-- Nan (davidl41@ipa.net), November 12, 2001.

We make them at school in the nature club. Instead of string we use pipe cleaners - they're easier to wrap around branches. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the top of the cone first - it gives them something to hang onto while they roll it in the goo.

Smear the peanut butter on the pine cone and roll it around in the seed. You can use storebought wild bird feed or mix up your own (cornmeal, chopped up apples, raisins, crushed cereals, sunflowers, niger seed, crushed peanuts, breadcrumbs, etc). You can also use crunchy peanut butter to start with - the birds love peanuts.


-- Russ (rwhitworth@sprint.ca), November 13, 2001.

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