You Can Now Feed the Birds Using Your Kitchen ScrapsMarch 29, 2019
Last modified: April 1, 2019Our outdoor experts have produced a simple guide of which foods in the kitchen are suitable for wild birds. Check them out here.
Drawing the birds to your garden helps reverse the trend of declining populations of wildlife that’s slowly increasing. This also aids nature conservation.
Here are the scraps that are beneficial for wildlife due to high nutritional value:
- Beef fat trimmings
- Stale hard cheeses
Did you know that gardens are now considered as a dominant element for a national wide conservation effort? Our outdoor experts have produced a simple guide of which foods in the kitchen are suitable for wild birds.
With that, the majority of British households are now being encouraged to feed birds using kitchen leftovers. The primary purpose of this is to combat declining wildlife numbers.
Guide to Safe Kitchen Scraps to Feed Birds
We can never deny the fact that the number of wild birds in the UK are slowly decreasing at a worrying pace. The good thing is, homeowners can help solve the problem.
They only have to understand which foods are safe for wildlife. With this, they can already contribute to the environment.
Utilising waste is key to maintaining the more full environment and should be a priority for all. By using food that would be otherwise be discarded, households can take a small step to be more sustainable and eco-friendly for the future generation.
Few of the baked goods that are attractive to wild birds are stale bread, cakes and cookies. Before you place them outside, make sure to crumble them into small pieces and soak them in the water.
Be mindful that not all cheeses are suitable for them, so make sure that soft or mouldy cheeses, stick to stale or hard cheese like cheddar aren’t in your options. High-fat foods are perfect, especially during the winter months.
You can use a cheese grater for small and easy to digest bites.
Pasta and Rice
One of the great sources of carbohydrates for birds is cooked plain pasta or rice. Don’t forget to wash it thoroughly to remove any oil or salt, then cut into small pieces.
Other great offerings for the birds are scrap veggies like baked potatoes and vegetables left over. You can mix them with sunflower seeds for a perfect combination.
Just like with the cheese, you can’t give mouldy or rotten meat to birds. We all know how valuable source of protein the meat is. Instead, you can try beef fat trimmings and meat bones for a tastier offering.
However, there might be other wildlife that may be after these treats. You can place the meat in a bird feeder instead that is out of reach from the other wildlife.
Pet foods for dogs and cats are designed to be healthy for them as they offer all the necessary nutrients. This can equally be a perfect alternative to feed the birds.
Dry pet food is also an option, however, make sure to add water (a small amount can go along the way) beforehand.
If you’re planning to feed them with cereals, you can stick to cereal with a little or no sugar content. Also, avoid artificial dyes, then add water and leave to soak for a wholesome bird treat.
Another food that is a great source of necessary nutrients for birds are cooked eggs. Whilst the eggshell itself can be a great source of calcium especially for nesting birds and help aid digestion.
Egg shells are great throughout the changing weather and do not attract vermin as other products may do.