In winter it’s a great idea to feed local wild birds so that they’ll be healthy and breed well in the spring. And in return they’ll keep you garden free of bugs over the summer.
Melt 1 cup of fat (lard or dripping are best). To that add 2 cups of rolled oats, 2 cups of bran, 1 cup of sugar and 5 cups of water. Pour into a roasting dish and place in freezer. As it freezes, cut it into pieces (it’s impossible to cut when completely frozen). Put pieces into an onion bag and hang it in a tree where you can see it.
Tui Sugar Water
Mix 1 cupful of sugar with a litre of water. Place in a red container on a bird table or hanging from a tree, and wait for the tui to come.
Simply melt some lard or dripping and pour into it some wild-bird seed you can buy at your supermarket, pet shop or bulk-bin store. Follow the directions for the wax-eye cake above for pouring and cutting