Our guide to the perfect birdy fat balls

To help promote the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch we have put together a fun-tastic guide to the perfect birdy fat balls! Fat balls are an excellent source of food and energy for birds throughout the winter period. They need the extra fat and protein to keep themselves warm and healthy through the very exhausting days of looking after eggs and chicks.


Making a fat ball is simple! All you need is…

  • Lard or suet (best ratio for this recipe is one part lard/suet to two parts of the dry mixture)
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • String or garden twine
  • Small pots (such as old yoghurt pots or plastic cups)
  • Any of the following: wild bird seed, currants, sultanas, oats, bread and cake crumbs, grated cheese and peanuts.



  • Pour all your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
  • Ask an adult to cut your lard into small pieces, place into your saucepan and melt over a medium heat.
  • Psssst… make sure you keep your little ones fingers out of the way as this can get hot hot hot!
  • Pour in the dry mix once the lard has melted. Stir well until all the fat has been absorbed and the mixture sticks together.Pierce a hole in the bottoms of your small put (ask an adult to do this as knives are sharp!). Thread through a length of string or garden twine.
  • Using your spoon, pack your small pot full of the warm mixture. Repeat this process until you have used all your mixture.
  • Place your small pots in a fridge to set overnight.
  • Cut away the plastic pot and tie a big knot in one end of the twine/string to secure.
  • Finally, hang your fat ball in a tree and wait for all the birds to come out and feast.


Find out more about the RSPB and The Big Garden Bird Watch here.