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Tried-n-True Simple Bird Treat Recipe

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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 its place.


Suet attracts many Types of birds, including woodpeckers, goldfinches, juncos, cardinals, thrushes, jays, bluebirds, and wrens. Purchase some empty suet cages; Walmart has them for $2 each. Next, mix up some homemade suet cakes with the following recipe:

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9 thoughts on “Tried-n-True Simple Bird Treat Recipe”

    • 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Could someone please tell me the type of birds that are shown in the first photo, on the suet feeder? I’ve had those same little birds all winter long, feeding at our suet block, here in New Mexico. thanks!


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