Make Your Own Suet Recipe
Make your own suet recipe to feed the birds. There are a slew of items that you can serve suet in to keep your birds happy year round.
What Birds Eat Suet?
Downy, hairy, red-bellied, and pileated woodpeckers. Chickadees, northern flickers, nuthatches, and starlings are also avid suet eaters. You will also attract wrens, warblers, thrushes, brown creepers, brown thrashers, and blue jays. You can also attract orioles, pine siskins, titmice, and the ever popular bluebird.
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When to Feed Suet:
All year, I guess you could. I would hold off for late spring and during the summer Suet is a most certainly a winter bird staple. Winter may be the best time to start out serving suet because of the cold (suet is animal fat which keeps a bird warmer) and there are less food sources for the birds to chose from. Much different during warmer months.
But, birds will eat suet year round. In warmer months – you decide. I think it may be healthier for your birds to eat the fresh berries and food available to them. Only using birdseed, berries and nut mixes during the warm weather months. Winter they don’t have all those options.
Homemade Suet in Recycled Onion Sack
Make Your Own Suet Recipe Basic Starter
1 cup lard
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup birdseed, oil sunflower, raisins, peanuts, berries etc.
3 cups yellow cornmeal
Add anything you see fit to serve.
1.) Mix ingredients together.
2.) Press mixture into old plastic suet brick molds.
3.) Pop in freezer and remove when you need a new brick.
Additional Ways to Serve Suet
Place the suet balls inside of a metal wreath hanger.
You can serve suet in recycled egg shells and make your own suet bricks too. Find that post HERE.
Until next time friends. Take care.