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Pine Cone Feeders

Bible Reference: The Creation – Genesis 1:20 and Genesis 2:15

Large pinecones
1 cup Chunky Peanut butter (can use smooth if you don’t have chunky)
1 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Cornmeal
Ziplock Bag (large enough to fit pinecones inside)
Fishing line, string or yarn

Wrap and tie string to top of pinecone. Mix peanut butter, shortening, (such as bacon fat or melted suet), and cornmeal. Then, spread the mixture onto a large pinecone. Drop pinecone in ziplock bag filled with birdseed and shake until coated. (This can get a bit messy) Hang your bird feeder in a spot where you can watch the birds eat. Note: If you use smooth instead of chunky peanut butter, you may want to mix in a little peanuts for added interest and enjoyment.

Special Note: Birds have trouble digesting peanut butter. It can also get stuck in their beaks. This is why it is necessary to add shortening and cornmeal when preparing homemade birdfeeders of this type.

by Melissa Murphy

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