Store bought suet cakes can be full of unnecessary ingredients, usually seeds, that are not eaten by the types of birds who eat suet. If you know which types of birds in your area will dine on suet, you can create your own suet cakes that are packed full of what those birds like.
It's easy and fairly cheap to make your own suet and freeze up the cakes until they are needed. It's a nutritional, protein packed winter meal to help our feathered friends through the tough days of ice and snowstorms.
If you like to feed birds year round, I also have advice for feeding suet during the hot summer months.
How do you take care of your backyard birds?
I buy birdseed in 20 lb. bags, it's a mixture of a variety of seeds. They like it and so do the rabbits and squirrels! I might try making suet. Thanks for the idea and recipe.
It looks as if there are some very well-fed birds dining at your house.
I did that a very tong time ago, and I forgot how much better it is to make your own concoction. And you can shape it to better fit your feeder.
Good knew this how to create your own suet was around here somewhere my youngest wants to make some for the birds. We are seeing the most magnificent birds now a great sign of warm weather. :)K
I have cats too Brenda, but I hang it very high and my cats seldom ever catch a bird. I take my feeders in once the weather gets warm or else I will get bears. In fact, I get them anyway!
I would love to make this for the birds in my backyard, but I have cats, so it would become a cat feeder. I once spent the weekend in the mountains with a friend. She put out some suet for the birds, but instead of attracting birds, she attracted a bear.
Katie, what a nice idea to share with the nursing homes! Believe me, the birds LOVE this suet. It's so much better than the store bought. Thank you for the promotion.
How cool it totally makes sense to make your own bird food suet. I save all my crackers, bread and whole grain chips we don't eat and feed them to the birds. I keep them in a plastic container and break them up as they get stale. The birds love them more so than the food I buy. I often take it to nursing homes and fill the feeders, that are so often empty, outside the residents windows. I will be putting your suet recipe to good use. I love this gonna tweet, plus, face and pin this. Thanks :)K