Bird Seed Ornaments #chewyinfluencer

I love birds and while I can't say that I am an ornithophile, I can tell you that I am enamored by their chitter chatter, their energy and their ability to fly off in milliseconds!  I have a tiny backyard, but I have dedicated a portion of it to a Missouri wildflower garden, just for the birds and butterflies.

Mitten-shaped bird seed ornament

Even though I don't cut back the wildflower garden until spring, there isn't enough food there to help my birds survive the winter. I have to supplement and this is how I do it.  I buy Kaytee Basic Blend Wild Bird Food by the bulk from Chewy.com.

I received this birdseed from Chewy.com for free in exchange for my honest feedback.

Here's a bit about the seed:



Kaytee Basic Blend Wild Bird Food is an everyday favorite for both bird-watchers and wild birds. This classic food includes a number of different grains to attract a wide variety of birds throughout the seasons. It’s been a mainstay in backyard feeders and is suggested for use in hopper, large-tube and covered fly-through feeders.

Key Benefits


  • Basic wild bird food blend attracts a wide variety of wild backyard birds like Chickadees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Pine Siskins and more.
  • A distinctive blend of grains, corn, stripped sunflower seeds and black oil
  • Added supplements such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D3 and Calcium Carbonate help wild birds with the stresses brought on by winter, breeding and migration
  • Great for year round feeding and all seasons
  • Seed mix is perfect for use in a hopper, large-tube or covered fly-through feeders


Precautions

Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. Not intended for human consumption.

If you've been a reader for a while, you know I love Chewy.com. Well, actually my boys love Chewy!  The three of them know a Chewy box and boy were they disappointed with my last one, as it contained only birdseed!  I'm going to have to remember to include a treat with my seed!



The easy thing to do is to put the seed in a bird feeder and call it a day.  However, I don't like all the leftover seed waste in my garden nor do I like the little plants that sprout from the seeds that are kicked aside. When I had a long driveway, I used to throw the seed on the driveway and watch the bird devour it!  However, I don't like all the leftover seed waste in my garden nor do I like the little plants that sprout from the seeds that are kicked aside.

What I do to help this is to make these darling feeders for my trees.  It is super simple and I will share with you how I do it.

You'll need

2 packets of plain gelatin
1/2 c cold water
1/2 c hot water
2 1/2 c bird seed

Bloom the gelatin. (That means to dissolve the gelatin in the cold water, wait a minute or two, then add the hot water.)  In a large bowl, transfer the gelatin and add the bird seed.  Stir until all the bird seed is coated.  Depending on the size of your seeds, you may need to add more.  Using 4" cookie cutters, fill the open space with 1/2 of the seed mixture.  It is super sticky at this point, so I use waxed paper sprayed with cooking spray to make the job easier.  Add a loop of twine at the top of your cookie cutter, then cover with the other half of the birdseed. Let sit overnight to firm up. To loosen, push gently around the edges of the cookie cutter. Those edges are sharp, so take care.  Keep doing this until the mixture pops out of the cutter.  Sometimes it takes me three or four rounds.  Hang the feeder in a place where the birds like to hang out!

The best thing about using Chewy.com seed is that you don't have to go back and reorder, you can have the seed sent to you on a regular basis. That's a time saver and a blessing to have it delivered to your door. That seed is heavy!


Do you have fun ways you feed your birds?  Tell me all about it!!
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Terri Steffes
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  1. How cool! My mom gets tons of birds in her backyard, so I'll show her this. I'm sure the birds would appreciate these.

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  2. Now this would be fun to do. We have a lot of birds around her house and something like this would make it fun to watch with all the birds come. I love seeing all the colors of different birds out there.

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  3. I didn't know that Chewy sells bird seed. We were talking about making some suet cakes, maybe we'll try this instead.

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  4. What a cute ornament. I know a lot of bird watcher who would enjoy this. I definitely need to check out Chewy.

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  5. I love the idea of a bird seed ornament! I'd love to make mine in the shape of a cactus with a little flower on the side.

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  6. I have done this with the grandkids and they loved making homemade bird feeders. Plus watching the birds come to eat.

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  7. This is such a fun idea, I have a tree I can see from my sofa which I have bird seed feeders on but this would be a cool need addition to it!

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  8. I've never thought to do this. However, this would be great to place around my yard starting in the spring time.

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  9. I love feeding the birds right outside of my giant kitchen window above our table. We love watching as we eat dinner, such a lovely thing to have.

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  10. I love the idea of these! I had to stop putting out bird feeders. We live rural and someone dropped 3 kittens off at our house. They were killing birds and I felt guilty. Occasionally they still get one but not as often.

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  11. We have a little bamboo forest by our house and all the birds that live there are always on our backyard when we have bird seeds. I like this idea though.

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  12. This is a great craft idea for my kids. They will really love to make them and watch the birds enjoy them.

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  13. Even making tasty snacks for the birds! You're so thoughtful! ;)

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  14. What a cool DIY, I had no idea this could be so simple to make. I should really put a feeder out!

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  15. This is so easy to make. I like that they deliver the bird seeds. I can see how heavy it is!

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  16. This is a great idea. I have several bird feeders and keep suet out during the winter months for our woodpeckers.

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  17. I love making birdseed ornaments and your recipe works so well. The birds love them

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  18. This sounds like such a fun project. I bet my kids would love to help me make some of these!

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  19. We will have to try making birdseed ornaments this summer. We love filling the bird feeder and watching the birds eat, but this way we can add more treats to the yard.

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