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Bird Suet Recipes

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

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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 song birds will not be disturbed.

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

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What Is It & How Do You Make Suet?

You may be asking these questions if you have no previous experience with using suet for birds.

Suet is the fat around the kidneys of cattle or mutton.

Beef suet is considered more desirable to make suet as a food for wild birds, but pork fat may be used too. Wild birds don't have the same sedentary life style as we do, so unsaturated fats are not harmful to their rapid metabolism.

You can read more about what suet is at Suet Bird Food 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 bird suet recipes. I am delighted that they listed my website as a resource.

I got the following ideas from "BB's Blog":

How Do You Make Suet?

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.

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 bird seed (no milo or whole wheat kernels)

1 cup flour (I recommend whole wheat flour.)

Mix it all together well. Fill a re-purposed container from your home or shape it into balls and hang it outside.

Try These Bird Suet Recipes

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 ingredients.

    3.  When cool pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.

    4. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.

Meal Worms ~ Who can resist?

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 the remaining ingredients.

    3. Pour the mixture into a square container about 1-1/2 inches thick.

    4. Allow it to cool, then cut it into squares and store in the freezer.

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.

2. While suet is cooling, stir ingredients together in a large bowl.

3. Place the suet into the mixture and mix thoroughly.

4. Pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.

5. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.

Peanut Butter Sandwich (Bird suet recipe?) ;)

    1 Cup Fresh Suet

    1 Cup Peanut Butter

    3 Cups Yellow Cornmeal

    1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour


    1. Follow instructions for rendering suet. (You can find rendering instructions here: Suet Bird Food )

    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 bowl mixture and mix thoroughly.

    5. Pour or pack into molds, feeders, or any household item.

    6. Refrigerate until hardened or freeze.

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

The National Wildlife Federation provides information on how to turn your backyard into a haven for wildlife.

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

Learn More About Suet

  • More Holiday Seed Feeders Interesting assortment of Holiday treats such as swags, wreaths, pine cone treats and festive suet balls. They will be appreciated as much by you as the wild birds who will eat them.
  • What is Suet Bird Food? Suet bird food is probably the most high energy wild bird food which can be offered to our feathered friends. Add food items to the fat base for more nutrition and fun for you.
  • Even More Recipes For Suet You can provide suet for the birds all year for lots of energy for their busy lives with "Four Season Suet" & "Leave Out the Starlings" with this otherwise bird yummy recipe.

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