Every winter it hangs outside one of our kitchen windows where we can watch all our little feathered friends who flock to it for snacks all throughout the winter days.
I can't even imagine how many tons of peanut butter I've used over the years to fill the holes to provide some protein for the wild birds.
This winter I took a container of lard from our freezer that some friends had given us. It was rendered lard from an organically raised hog and should have been good lard.
However, when I used some of it to make some pie crusts I found it had an "off" flavor that I didn't care for at all. So I decided to feed the remainder of the lard to the birds in the log feeder.
But first I mixed the lard with some peanut butter and sunflower seeds. Then the next time the feeder was empty, I put some of this new (lard-laced) concoction in the holes.
The birds didn't like it. Uh-oh. What was I going to do with all this mixture I had made up? I kind of ignored the feeder for a couple of days while I thought about the situation. Lo and behold, the birds did start pecking at it and eventually decided it was okay to eat. (Not seeing any dead bird bodies lying around, I figured the mixture wasn't going to hurt them so kept refilling the feeder until the mixture was gone.)
Well, almost gone. As I think you can see from this close-up shot of the log there still remains lard that dripped down the feeder when the sun was shining on it. Since then the feeder has been an ooey, gooey, slippery, greasy mess and I have to practically wash my gloves every time after wearing them to take it down to fill (only peanut better for the last couple of months and from now on) and then put it back up on its hook again.
We store the log feeder back in a shed over the summer months, and I sure would like to get that mess cleaned off of it before then. I think I'll have to leave it up until the days are warm enough to melt off most of the remaining lard . . . and then probably pour boiling hot water over the log to get the residue completely off.
Bottom line: No more messing with lard mixtures for the peanut butter feeder.