6 Homemade Bird Suet Recipes For Your Backyard Birds

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You will find my top picks for suet feeders & suet cakes etc on this page.

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Bird Suet Recipes To Entice Our Feathered Friends
Bird suet recipes that will handsomely reward you in terms of increased visitation to your backyard feeders.

What to feed wild birds is not always easy for attracting birds we want to watch in our backyards.

Suet has always attracted the wild birds I am interested in watching; Woodpeckers (many varieties), Chickadees,
Nuthatches, Bluejays.

Yes, it will draw Starlings and Blackbirds too, so move your suet feeder between 20 to 30 feet away from your other feeders and your songbirds will not be, so disturbed.

For further help in solving the problem of unwanted guests try this page Suet Bird Feeders.

And if you are not sure what suet is, read about it at Suet Bird Food.

Be Creative With Bird Suet Recipes

I discovered an interesting blog page that had some nice looking bird suet recipes.

I must mention that they listed a page from my website Suet Bird Food as a source for what bird suet is and how to make it.

I am delighted that they listed my website as a resource!

I got the following ideas from “BB’s Blog”:

About Homemade Bird Suet Recipes?

downy woodpecker eating suet bird foodMale Downy Woodpecker
Eating Suet Bird Food

BB mentioned that she received a request for her homemade suet recipe.

Like myself, she does not follow any particular recipe.

She searched the internet for ideas and proportions.

She was also trying to avoid having to go to the store to make a purchase.

She used what was on hand.

BB said it was a little sticky but that the birds loved it anyway.

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BB’s “Toss-It-In” Bird Suet Method

She didn’t measure anything, but these are the proportions she remembers:


  • 2 cups lard
  • 2 cups peanut butter (smooth or crunchie)
  • 2 cups oatmeal (quick or long cooking)
  • 2 cups mixed birdseed (no milo or whole wheat kernels, songbirds don’t like those)
  • 1 cup flour (I recommend whole wheat flour.)


1.  Place all ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Mix it together well.

3. Fill a re-purposed container from your home with the suet mixture. (Continue to #  )


Make suet balls by:

4.  Divide mixture into equal portions.

5.  Cut string or yarn into 12″ or 31cm lengths & fold in half.

6.   Form each portion into a ball around half the length of the string or yarn that has been folded in half. This should leave a 3″ or 8cm loop sticking out of the suet ball for hanging.

7.  Place the suet balls on a cookie sheet or the re-purposed container from step 3, into the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours, to firm up the suet.

8.  Hang outside where you will be able to enjoy watching the birds dining on their treats!

2.  Birder’s Delight


  • 1 Pound Plain Suet cut in small pieces
  • 1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Mixed Wild Bird Seed
  • 1 Cup Hulled Sunflower Seed or Chopped Pecans


  1. Melt suet on low.2. Stir in all the other ingredients.
  2. When cool pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.
  3. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.

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3.  Feathered Friends


  • 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2 Cups Cornmeal
  • 2 Cups Quick Cook Oats
  • 1 Cup Lard or Suet
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar (There is no reason to add white sugar, feed wild birds the
    tastes they choose from the wild, wild birds who eat suet do not need
    sweet food, save that for Hummingbirds and Orioles)
  • 1 Cup White Flour (Again I recommend whole wheat or whole grain.)


  1. Melt lard/suet and peanut butter together and stir.2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Pour the mixture into a square container about 1-1/2 inches thick.
  3. Allow it to cool, then cut it into squares and store in the freezer.

4.  It Must be Love


  • 1/2 Pound Fresh Suet
  • 1/3 Cup Black Oil Sunflower Seed
  • 2/3 Cup Mixed Wild Bird Seed
  • 1/8 Cup Chopped Peanuts or Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins


  1. Follow instructions for rendering suet here.
  2. While suet is cooling, stir the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Place the suet into the mixture and blend thoroughly.
  4. Pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.
  5. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.

5.  Peanut Butter Sandwich


  • 1 Cup Fresh Suet
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 3 Cups Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour


  1. Follow instructions for rendering suet here
  2. Over low heat, melt suet and add peanut butter. Stir until well blended
  3. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Pour suet into the mixture and blend thoroughly.
  5. Pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.
  6. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.
A blackbird at a bird suet Homemade Bird Suet Recipes

6.  Captain Crunch!


  • 2 Pounds Fresh Ground Suet
  • 1/2 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Shelled Sunflower Seeds or Chopped Pecans


  1. Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add peanut butter, stirring until melted and well blended.
  3. Stir in the sunflower seeds. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.
  5. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.

This article was taken with some of my own additions and omissions from BB’s Blog. I hope you have enjoyed these bird suet recipes!

And don’t forget to discover all the other interesting ingredients to put in your suet recipes or the creative containers that can hold your bird treats. Just follow the link below.

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