Friday, May 11, 2012

Edible Bird House





The edible bird house is much-loved by the birds in Myrtle Glen.


Surprise the Birds in your yard with an edible birdhouse

Springtime is a great time for bird watching. Besides our native birds the snowbirds are still around. And the best way to see the birds up close is while they eat.
You may see Blue Jays, Cardinals, Mourning Doves, Sparrows, Finches, Warblers, just to name a few.



You will need:

  • A wooden birdhouse (fairly cheap at the craft store)
  • Edible Glue (recipe below)
  • Birdseeds, raisins, dried fruits, nuts, etc.
  • Decorations, such as twigs, holly berries, grasses
Make the edible glue by stirring together: 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz)
  • 3 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup flour, preferably whole wheat



Start with the roof and then the sides, spread a thin layer of the edible glue on the house and press the birdseeds and other goodies into it. Decorate and let dry for a few hours.




Hang your edible birdhouse in a location where the birds have cover nearby, like the lower branches of a tree, or close to large shrubs. Or drill a hole into the back of the house and screw the finished house with a long screwdriver through the front peep hole to a pole or tree.

After the birds eat all the seeds, clean the birdhouse, do it all over again or hang it outside as a nest box. 





2 comments:

  1. How cute! I have seen similarly seed encrusted ornaments for sale before, but I am concerned the squirrels would destroy them. Do you have squirrels in your garden?

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  2. i have the occasional squirrel in the garden, but so far they raid the much more convenient platform feeder :)

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