Bird Seed Treats


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Here's what you'll need:
Fine-grained, sturdy bread
Creamy Peanut Butter
Bird Seed
Cookie Cutters
Chopstick or straw
Yarn or Twine

How to do it:

Cut shapes from slices of bread with a cookie cutter. Poke a hole near the top of the bread with the straw or a chopstick. Thread a piece of yarn or twine through the hole and tie the ends to make a loop. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both sides of the bread, then press into a tray of bird seed.

Rustic bread that comes in large slices works best here; choose a loaf that is on the firm, dense side. Fresh, soft bread may be difficult to hang without tearing. You can let the slices sit out for a few hours to overnight to "stale" them.

For the seeds, you can buy a general wild-bird mix that includes sunflower seeds, millet, thistle, safflower seeds, and cracked corn.

According to bird experts, it is safe to feed birds peanut butter. However, if you are concerned about the possibility of choking, you can add a little cornmeal to the peanut butter.

It's easier to thread the twine or yard through the bread before the peanut butter and seeds are applied. Save the pieces of twine that come with our cookie cutters; they're just the right length for this project!