Feed the birds, but not much
OUR feathered friends like to gorge on leftover mince pies as much as we do—and so they should, they need nourishment during the cold months. However, warns the RSPB, we should be very careful about what we put on the bird table.
Anything with cooking fat on it—turkey, goose and so on—can be extremely dangerous. Birds need to keep clean and dry to survive the winter and cooled fat can smear onto feathers, interfering with vital waterproofing and insulation. In addition, fat from roasting tins can go rancid, creating a breeding ground for salmonella and other bacteria.
‘Only pure fats should be used to make homemade fat balls,’ recommends the RSPB’S Charlotte Ambrose, who suggests mixing birdseed, nuts and raisins together with lard, squashing it in and around a pinecone, then hanging it with string from a tree.