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    • Tried-n-True Simple Bird Treat Recipe

      Homemade suet! I made a bunch of these up last night and I must say they look rather nice! They are gender neutral and you don't need to worry about personal tastes. Who doesn't like to watch birds?
      • Purchase some empty suet cages; Walmart has them for $2 each.

      Next, mix up some homemade suet cakes with the following recipe:

      Tried and True Suet
      • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
      • 2 cups quick oats
      • 2 cups cornmeal
      • 1 cup lard or shortening
      • 1 cup flour
      • 1/2 cup sugar
      Mix lard and peanut butter in microwave or stove top. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into square containers and store in freezer. Makes 6-8 cakes.

      * I had some cracked corn and seeds that I pressed into the front of each cake for better visual appeal.

      ** My first batch I pressed into a 9 x 13 pan and cut to size. Afterwards, I discovered that it's much easier to find some tupperware containers the size you need and press into the bottom of those.


      I printed copies of the recipe and wrapped with the suet filled cages. Both clean cellophane and large clear goodie bags work. The cellophane looks prettier, since a lot gathers at the top. The bags are much easier. Top off with some pretty ribbon.



      If you'd like you can also add the following poem and tied it to the outside of the bag:


      Carol of the Birds

      A star rose in the sky

      and glory from on high


      did fill the night with splendor.


      Came birds with joyful voice


      to carol and rejoice with


      songs so sweet and tender.


      Came birds with joyful voice


      to carol and rejoice with


      songs so sweet and tender.



      The eagle then did rise,


      went flying through the skies,


      to tell the wondrous story,


      sang, Jesus, born is he,


      from sin we are set free,


      he brings us joy and glory.


      The sparrow with delight


      said, This is Christmas night,


      our happiness revealing.



      The sky with praises rang,


      as finch and robin sang-


      oh, what a happy feeling!


      The lark upon the wing


      said, Now it seems like spring,


      no more is winter pressing;


      for now a flower is born


      whose fragrance on this morn


      to earth brings heaven's blessing.



      Sang magpie, thrush, and jay,


      It seems the month of May


      in answer to our yearning.


      The trees again are green


      and blossoms now are seen,


      it is the spring returning!



      The cuckoo sang, Come, come,


      And celebrate the dawn


      this glorious aurora.


      The raven from his throat


      then trilled a festive note


      to the unexcelled Senora.



      The partridge then confessed,


      I want to build my nest


      beneath that very gable


      where I may see the Child


      and watch whene'er he smiles


      with Mary in that stable.


      Old Spanish Carol from Catalonia




      There you have it! Very inexpensive and you likely already have the ingredients at home. All you'd need to do is pick up the suet cages, which can be found at numerous places.

      Originally Posted on our Budget101 Discussion List by Heidi

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      Comments 5 Comments
      1. Tashdan's Avatar
        I didnt want to add sugar so I substitute a wild bird seed blend instead, they seem to really love it even with the change!
      1. Ruth730's Avatar
        Please do not use peanut butter in the suet, birds chock on it !!
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        Unfortunately Ruth, that is a common myth with no merit.

        Bill Thompson, III, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and valued part of the American Birding community stated "This topic is hotly debated, but there is no scientific evidence one way or the other. We humans sometimes have trouble digesting large mouthfuls of peanut butter, so is it logical that the same is true for birds? Not really. Birds' bills do not have as much saliva as human mouths, so it is less likely that the peanut butter will get gooey and stuck to the roof. To be safe, it's smart to mix chunky peanut butter with whole oats, raisins, cornmeal, and other ingredients to make it drier and more solid, and thus less sticky when it enters a bird's bill."

        Source: Bird Watchers Magazine
      1. Urallee's Avatar
        I have used peanutbutter mixed with cornmeal, oatmeal, etc. for years. Actually the birds love it.
      1. Tiffany9's Avatar
        I like brids and I want to atrck all kinds of but the pigens and crow. I wood also love to atrck humming brids to. I was wonding if you could send me verey thing that I need to get stared. I live on ssi and by the time I pay the bill's and get some food for the month I am brock so I could never full my dream of bring the brids around my apt. Thank you Tiffany Thompson.

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