Here’s a recipe for suet that birds absolutely LOVE. It has been scientifically tested against store-bought suet: the birds don’t even touch the store-bought if this suet is there too. Also, my very exacting sister Sherry has given it her approval. This is a woman who fine-tunes her bird seed, observing species and taking notes.
I’ve seen an amazing variety of species at this suet: even American Robins, Baltimore Orioles, and yes, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. (Granted, the Hummingbird was just checking it out, but seeing him made me put out nectar, and after that one summer, they now come and look at the suet each year in order to prompt me to put the nectar out once more.) It is guaranteed, as well. If you don’t like it, feel free to yell at me.
2 c. lard (or suet) NOTE: 1# lard = 2 c.
2 c. peanut butter
4 c. oatmeal
4 c. corn meal
1-2 c. other stuff (wheat germ, raisins, rye flour, bird seed, a handful of craisins, mealworms, whatever)
Follow these easy steps
- Melt the lard and peanut butter together, then mix it in with the dry ingredients.
- Line a 9″ X 11″ brownie pan with foil (I use foil because it can be recycled), and pour the mixture in.
- Shake the pan a little to settle the mix.
- Chill in the fridge, and cut in 6.
- I wrap the extras in foil and store in the freezer.
- Each block fits into one of those green wire suet cages.
I feed this all summer. When it gets too hot, I cut each piece in 4 and feed only one at a time in the platform feeder.
If you feed in summer, do not substitute suet for the lard. Happy Feeding!
More tips how to feed the birds you find on the previous blog post about birdfeeding, Check it out!
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