Make Your Own Suet Recipe

Make Your Own Suet Recipe

Make your own suet recipe to feed the birds.  There is 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.

When To Feed Suet

All year, I guess you could. I would hold off for late spring and during the summer  

Suet is 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 fewer food sources for the birds to choose 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 use birdseed, berries, and nut mixes during the warm weather months. In winter, they don’t have all those options.

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 the freezer and remove it when you need a new brick.

You can serve suet in recycled eggshells or make your own suet bricks too.  Find that post HERE.

Until next time friends.  Take care.

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