We like feeding wild birds homemade suet all year round, but don’t like paying a fortune for pre-made bird suet.
So, this is an easy and inexpensive recipe for homemade suet that the birds seem to love.
I’ve seen quite a few suet recipes that are aimed at feeding birds in winter, but this one holds up to the heat of the summer too so it can be used to feed the birds any time of year.
Using this, we see quite a variety of woodpeckers that don’t ever visit the normal seed feeders. It does take them a few days to find the suet once we hang it out though.
We occasionally have a pair of Downy Woodpeckers build a nest and raise a family during the summers, and I particularly like this recipe then.
The woodpeckers seem to like it, and it holds up to the summer weather too. We enjoy watching them so much, we like to think we’re helping them with the babies.
How To Make Homemade Suet
It doesn’t take much to make this recipe for the birds. Just peanut butter, oatmeal, cornmeal, lard, flour, and sugar.
Peanut Butter Suet
- Cake Pan
- 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 in a pan over low heat, 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 inch thick (or the thickness of your suet feeder.
- Freeze for an hour, and then cut into squares that will fit your feeder.
We occasionally get other visitors that enjoy the homemade suet too!
For even more information on feeding wild birds see “Feeding Wild Birds & Homemade Suet“.