Make your own Suet blend for wild birds- this enticing blend makes a wonderful gift for the bird watching enthusiast

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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?

    Suet generally comes from raw beef or mutton fat, and is frequently made from the fat found around the loins and kidneys. It is rendered by heating the fat which results in the cooking off of the wax like material.. aka Suet. Usually grocery stores will sell chunks of raw fat labeled as suet, which can be cut into small squares and melted (rendered). If your local store doesn't seem to offer it,
    you can use lard in it's place.

    Suet attracts many Types of birds, including woodpeckers, goldfinches, juncos, cardinals, thrushes, jays, bluebirds and wrens.

    How to make your own Bird Delight Suet to attract a flock of birds to your yard

    • 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 rendered beef or mutton fat
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup sugar

    Attract a variety of birds with this simple DIY Treat Recipe

    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.

    (A note regarding the use of peanut butter, it's not recommended to use on it's own because it's thought that it can get stuck in the beak of birds, but when used with other ingredients, it's not an issue. Also, be sure the peanut butter does NOT contain Xylitol which is a sugar alcohol that is not safe for them.)

    * 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.

    Don't forget about Making Homemade gifts as well:

    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

    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.

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    on our Budget101 Discussion List by Heidi

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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Tashdan's Avatar
      Tashdan -
      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
      Ruth730 -
      Please do not use peanut butter in the suet, birds chock on it !!
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      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
      Urallee -
      I have used peanutbutter mixed with cornmeal, oatmeal, etc. for years. Actually the birds love it.
    1. Tiffany9's Avatar
      Tiffany9 -
      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.
    1. LaurieS's Avatar
      LaurieS -
      I'd like to print this out but the print icon isn't taking me to the page to print.
    1. amishangel2015's Avatar
      amishangel2015 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tashdan View Post
      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!
      I just chopped up some raisins instead of the sugar
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