Time to Make Some Suet

Categories: Birds.

The cooler weather is approaching, probably more rapidly than we will admit.  So far the beginning of November has been amazing with temperatures well into the mid teens in the afternoons.  But to be prepared for the temperature changes it’s time to start making my homemade suet for the feeders.

My favourite recipe for all season suet came from our favourite bird store, The Birdhouse in Wooler, Ontario.  It uses cornmeal, peanut butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar, and lard.  Check out the recipe for the correct amounts.   Once made I put some of it into the coconut feeders.

bluejays at the coconut suet feeder at craftygardener.ca

Last year I made a suet feeder from a birch log.  Holes were drilled into it and then filled with the suet.The birds loved it, especially the chickadees and woodpeckers.

a birch log suet feeder at crafty.gardener.ca

I also use a similar bird cake recipe.  This goes into square molds to make bird cakes for the basket feeders.

pileated woodpecker enjoying some homemade suet at craftygardener.ca

I use either recipe to make muffins for the birds too.  Just press the mixture into muffin tins and freeze for a little while.  They fit nicely into the coil feeder and this attracts lots of birds.

chickadee at the coil feeder at craftygardener.ca

The birds just love the all season suet and won’t touch the store bought varieties anymore.

A great little projects for the kids and grandkids is to take the suet mix and put it all over a pinecone.  It makes a great little feeder without going to the expense of buying a special feeder for the suet.

a pinecone suet feeder at craftygardener.ca

I’m sharing with I’d Rather B Birdin’ and Saturday’s Critters.

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