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Old Tuesday 1st June 2010, 14:31   #1
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What to do with empty coconut shells?

The birds in my garden love the half coconut shells full of fat that I buy at the local garden centre, can anything be done with the empty shells?

Is it worth trying to refill them with a similar beef dripping and seed mix, is it a messy job or is it just as cheap to bin the shells and buy new ones?
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I usually refill them with a fatball mix i make and they like them better than shop bought.
just melt beef dripping and peanut butter and add seed leave to set a lttle and fill your coconut halves.
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Old Monday 7th June 2010, 23:30   #3
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Interesting...I've not come across what you've mentioned...Though I did hang out a coconut birdhouse...only to have a woodpecker tear it up. What birds are drawn to this mix?
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Just the usual garden birds who use feeders,tits and starlings mainly.
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Just half coconut shells, emptied and filled with suet and seed mix. Most of the birds on my feeders seem to enjoy them. The cost roughly £2 each, then you throw the empty shell away.
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Being a keen recycler I reuse the empty shells by melting suet and adding in a wild bird mix and filling the shells again.
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Old Monday 14th June 2010, 22:38   #7
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Hi Kits,

Thanks for the reply, can I ask where you got the suet?

I went along to my local Sainsbury's and all I could find was the Atora suet in a box. I melted this and did exactly as you did, the birds didn't want to know. No interest at all.

I left it out for three days and as soon as I replaced it with one from the shop, the birds all came back to it again.
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I have used the Atora suet, Barry, and it went down well. I have also melted a block of lard from Sainsburys and added seed mix and peanuts, and they liked that too. Good luck!
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What a COOL photo! Thanks for sharing...something to look into for sure...Thanks for the post topic.
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isn't the obvious answer 'pretend to be a horse'...
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isn't the obvious answer 'pretend to be a horse'...
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I usually refill them with a fatball mix i make and they like them better than shop bought.
just melt beef dripping and peanut butter and add seed leave to set a lttle and fill your coconut halves.
i did this with fat but as soon as the son came out it melted the fat
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Once you're tired of impersonating horses, you could make a load of polynesian bikini tops!
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Important tip: boil up and then dry out the empty shells before refilling them, to kill any bird disease organisms stuck to the shells.
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