The following recipes for suet are my favourites and the first I have used for years, in both summer and winter. It lasts very well during the heat in summer and doesn’t get all sloppy. (I always keep suet feeders in the shade in summer.)
The wild birds just love it. But be fairly warned, if you start to use it, be prepared to mix it often!
1½ cups smooth or crunchy peanut butter. (Just the kind that is only peanuts, if it contains margarine it will melt in warmer weather.)
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
3 cups cornmeal
1½ cups whole wheat flour
You can experiment with substituting different types of seed for the oatmeal or cornmeal when you make suet. Some seed will work better at various times of the year and attract different types of birds.
Dog food (canned or dry)
Processed meat (no additives or spice)
Chopped dried fruit
Bakery products (bread, buns, doughnuts, cookies, crackers)
Seeds (hemp, poppy)
Ground bone (bone meal or cuttlebone)
Sunflower seeds shelled
Other shelled seeds
Dried crushed egg shells
The last two ingredients are to provide wild birds with their need for calcium from the egg shells and grit for digestion from the sand. Both these ingredients are difficult for wild birds to find during the winter in snowy regions. (More about Winter Feeding for Bird Watching.) They will both be well accepted by the birds if served separately on their own too.)
Make suet with a variety of other wild bird food to increase its nutritional value and interest.
Yes, the name is correct for these recipes for suet. Two suet mixtures which Starlings don't like.
2 cups cracked corn finely chopped
2 cups white or yellow cornmeal
2. Mix in cracked corn and cornmeal.
3. Return pot to stove and heat entire mixture together.
4. Pour mixture into container.
Another recipe is to follow the same directions as above but only use the following ingredients to make your suet bird food.
1½ cups white or yellow cornmeal
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