We like feeding the birds in winter, but don’t like paying a fortune for seed and suet. Here’s an easy and inexpensive recipe for homemade suet that the birds seem to love. Using this, we see quite a variety of woodpeckers that don’t ever visit the normal feeders. It does take them a few days to find the suet once we hang it out though.
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups “quick cook” oatmeal
2 cups cornmeal
1 1/2 cups lard
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup sugar
Melt the peanut butter and lard together over low heat, and then mix in the remaining ingredients (while still on low heat). Press the mixture into a square or rectangular cake pan so that the mix is about 1 1/2 inches thick (or the thickness of your suet feeder).
Freeze for about an hour, and then cut into squares that will fit your feeder. Store extra squares in the freezer (separated by wax paper) until ready to use.