How to Make Popcorn Balls for Birds


When the long, cold days of winter set in, remember that your feathered friends will appreciate a satisfying snack, too. Hang a popcorn ball for birds outside of your window, and watch the birds as they enjoy their nourishing treat

Things You'll Need

  • Popcorn (popped and unseasoned)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Light corn syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Bird seed
  • String
  • Pop the popcorn and place it in a large mixing bowl.

  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a large saucepan over medium heat.

  • Cook the mixture to hard-ball stage, 250 degrees. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  • Pour the hot mixture slowly over the popcorn, stirring as you pour to make sure that every popcorn kernel is coated.

  • Press the warm popcorn mixture into balls, working a piece of string into each ball. You can hang the popcorn ball with the string, and later, the birds will use it to build their nest

  • Put some birdseed into a shallow dish or piepan and roll the warm popcorn balls into the seeds.

  • Allow the popcorn ball to cool completely, and then set it outside, or hang it on a branch for the birds to enjoy.

Tips & Warnings

  • There will be bird droppings under the popcorn ball, so hang it accordingly.
  • Hang the popcorn ball for birds where dogs and cats are unable to reach it.
  • Never feed birds microwave popcorn, as it has additives that can be harmful to birds.
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