Birds love this treat I make it all the time. In winter is when they love it the most.
You Will Need:
* A good size stick,break off the sticks that are on it. * Peanut butter smooth or chunky it doesn't matter. * Bird seed and or peanuts,raisins,fruit ect. * String to tie on the stick. * Knife to put on the peanut butter.
After you have everything put the string on, hang it up somewhere. Then spread the peanut butter on the stick, make sure there are spaces on the stick so the bird can perch without getting peanut butter on their feathers. Get your seed and other things you want to put on it and put it in your hand and put it on the peanut butter. When you are done hang it up outside and watch as birds enjoy the treat you made for them. P.S. in winter you might have to make it every day if birds love it in your area.
This recipe is fun to make and my birds love it! Feel free to tell me how it went, and what birds ate it! I hope you enjoy this recipe!
1. Put as much lard as you want into a large bowl. (I usally use about a cup) 2.In a small bowl, mix even amounts of flour and cornmeal. 3. Add the flour/cornmeal mix to the lard and mix it together with your fingers. (You might want to wear plastic gloves, it gets greasy!) 4. The lard dough should be non-sticky enough to be able to roll into a ball, if still to sticky, add more flour until it's just right. OR if it is not sticky enough, add more lard. 5. Pour the birdseed, oats, or whatever you want into the large bowl and mix it up with the lard dough. 6. Make the dough into a ball again and smoosh it with your hand until it fits into your suet feeder. Voila! Place in suet feeder and , if you want, stick a stick into the suet to help the less graceful birds get a bite. Sit back and enjoy the show!
1 cup crunchy peanut butter 2 cups (quick cook) oats 2 cups cornmeal 1 cup lard (no substitutions) 1 cup white flour
Melt the lard and peanut butter, and then stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture into square freezer containers about 1-1/2 inches thick. Allow it to cool, then cut it into squares and store them in the freezer.
Suet from Local jersey Herd 2 lbs Organic Local cornmeal 2 cups Organic Flour - or any g/f flour would also work 1 1/2 cup 1- 2 cups peanut butter chunky and delish :)! organic pumpkin seeds 1 cup organic sun flower seeds 1 cup organic dried berries chopped 1/2 cup organic currants 1/4 cup organic fruit preserve 1/2 cup organic oats 1/2 cup fresh choped apples - optional
Melt suet - take out suet that did not melt ... ( allow to melt in low heat at aleast 45 minutes about 2 lbs )
add seeds - dried fruit - mix well - add oats - mix well - add half of corn meal and half of flour mix well - combine well and add more cornmeal and flour to desired consitency.
lined a baking dish with foil or parchment paper and pour mixture - lebel - and refrigerated for at least 2 -4 hours - or use molds such tuna cans - and cup cakes papers cups etc.
2 cup shortening (melted) 1 cup peanut butter (chunky) 1 cup oatmeal 1 cup quality hull-less birdseed
And add a pinch of this and that of any of the following leftovers from your cupboard... Cream of Wheat Cornmeal Spelt flour Wheat flower Wheat bulger Bread crumbs or small dried bread chunks (especially raisin, nut, pumpkin zucchini breads etc) Bottom of the box bits of dry breakfast cereal
Mix enough of a combination of above added ingredients to make it a fairly thick consistency. Spoon into muffin tins, yogurt cups, fill voids on large pine cone or fill into drilled holes in wood plank feeder... etc Cool until solid in anyplace cold, porch; garage etc
Hello Just thought I would give the novice feeder some tips.
I have been saving egg shells from cooking for many years now. When I have a dozen or so egg shells I cook them in the oven at 275 degrees for 25 minutes then break them up and put them under my feeders. Birds will eat them and it will give them nutrients they need in the development of their own eggs.
Birds also need water. I have seen many bird feeders at neighbors homes and always notice that there isn't a bird bath. You can purchase these for as low as $25. The most important thing is to change the water regularly, that doesn't mean every week but daily if you are able. It is fun to watch them fluttering in your bird bath and of course they need water to survive.
I also save all my bacon fat in the refrigerator until I have about a cup then I heat it in the microwave and pour it on stale but not moldy bread. Make sure that the bread is small enough for the birds to eat. If you want mix the bread with corn meal, old fashioned oats and a little or a lot of peanut butter. It is a real treat for all the ground feeding birds.
One last comment. This year I have notice hawks sitting near my feeders. They regularly pick off one of my many feathered friends so I decided to give them treats to to deter them from feasting on the many beautiful birds I have. Of course one can't protect them all the time but this might help. I put a few nails in the branch that they perch on and when I have left over meat or chicken skin I attach it to the nails. It works and by the way I now have several crows who visit often. If you haven't watched a crow you certainly will enjoy this very big yet very timid bird. ENJOY
2 cups self-rising corn meal mix 1 egg (preferably natural vegetarian fed hen eggs) 1/4 cup shortening or canola oil 1/2 to 2/3 cup milk 1 packet flaxseed 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/2 cup molasses(preferably use only pure homemade cane molasses, Dutch Kettle brand, which uses no chemical processing)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Container needed : 12 cup muffin tin
Mix corn meal, flaxseed, and sesame seeds, add egg, shortening or oil and molasses, then slowly add milk until batter is of thick consistency, spoon batter into muffin tin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake until golden brown. Remove from muffin tin while warm, let cool completely on rack, then crumble muffins and spread out on a flat outside container or put whole muffins outside for birds to nibble on.
Comments for mixed seeds and molasses cornbread muffins
Instead of putting sugar into boiling water and a nasty metal container, do this: Put sugar in a glass (Mason jar?). For the 4 to 1 HB recipe, add MW heated water to boiling--2 cup (Pyrex) to the sugar. Stir. No mess--no fuss and no container to clean.Also, no contamination to the sugar liquid. Then, top off with the other 2 cups of normal unheated tap water and stir.
Ingredients: Plain flour dried fruit-raisins- prunes -apricots or similar, windfall apples chopped into small pieces, grated suet, vegetable oil
Put plain flour in a bowl. Add small amounts of any of the dried fruit,apples and grated suet. Mix to a stiff mixture with the veg oil and mould into small balls (put some flour o your hands for this).
Place on your bird feeder and see them gobble this treat. I make small amounts and keep spare balls in a tray kept from plant seedlings
Comment Thank you Judith! I will give your recipe a try! And what kinds of birds come to your yard in Somerset, England? Happy Birding. Susan
This recipe is easy to remember! It is almost all 1-cup measure to save time, or you can use your imagination.
3 cups shortening 1 cup oatmeal 1 cup chunky peanut butter 1 cup wild bird food 1 cup cornmeal (yellow preferred) 1 cup sunflower seed hearts 1 cup raisins 1 cup or less of leftover Nuts that are not too fresh (maybe leftover from last Christmas) or chopped dried fruit (also leftovers) can be a savings Small amount of cracked corn
We just put all the ingredients that we will be using in a large bowl and mix well; all the ingredients listed need not be used. (Such as the nuts or dried fruit.)
The mixture can be placed in muffin tins to harden a little.
The cakes can then be placed on branches or shrubs near windows so you can watch your results--and watch the fun.
We recommend that you use as many ingredients as possible, for the health of the birds. The birds will eat everything that is put out.
You can make this a family activity, and include the children. They can coat pinecones that have fallen out of the trees around your house. You can even take a butter knife and spread it on the bark of the trees. The woodpeckers and nuthatches love this.
The shortening gives the birds energy they dearly need during cold weather.
1 cup Jelly 1/2 cup Sugar 1 cup Water 1/2 tsp Pure Orange Extract
Combine first 3 ingredients in saucepan. Bring to boil. reduce heat; stir in the extract. Simmer 3 minutes. Stirring occasionally. When mixture is cool, put it in your oriole feeders....You should change mixture every 2-3 days.
This is a recipe my Mom had...I found it after she passed away..
Melt peanut butter and lard in a saucepan on stovetop. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour melted PB/lard into dry ingredients and mix well. Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper. Pour hot mixture onto jelly roll pan and smooth with a spatula. Place pan outside (if below 32 degrees) or in freezer to harden. When hard, cut into 4X4 squares, place into wire suet holder (found in most stores near the bird seed)and hang from a tree branch outside. Save remainder in a Ziploc in the freezer. You will have the happiest birds in town! Woodpeckers love it!
apples,oranges,pear,grapes any fruit that you have at home chop them into small pieces and put into your bird feeder or make a bird feeder using: 1. Find a large pine cone. 2. Tie a three to four foot piece of yarn around the top of the pine cone for the hanger. 3. Mix two tablespoons of peanut butter with two tablespoons of margarine. 4. Spread the peanut butter and margarine mixture onto the pine cone. 5. Pour some bird seed onto a plate or shallow dish and roll the pine cone in it. 6. Place the seed-covered pine cones in the freezer for about an hour or until it is firm. 7. Hang it outside in a tree!
1. Hang your pine cone at the end of a smaller branch so squirrels don't get it. 2. Work with the bird seed over newspaper to help make clean up time easier. 3. From Derijia: Plain peanut butter works well!
When using a log feeder, why not try this neat treat that birds love, consisting of:
· 5 parts oatmeal · 1 part corn syrup · 1 part peanut butter · 1 part bacon fat of suet · 1 part varied seeds and nuts i.e. black sunflower seeds, peanuts, chopped walnuts, or pine seeds and millet will work as well.
Combine in a bowl and once your done fill the mixture into your log feeder and your all done.
Okay so I made this recipe up myself and the birds absolutely love it!!! K so here's the recipe: Ingredients: 8 apples ( any kind ) 2-3 cups of flour (add more if still to wet) 2 cups of birdseed (any kind) 1/2 cup peanuts 1/2 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup water Directions: Blend all of the apples together with the water. Then,mix together the flour, birdseed, oatmeal and peanuts together. Add the apple mixture into the dry mixture and stir well until you can't see any white specks. Roll the mixture into balls with your hands and squeeze them so they dont crumble. ( any size ) Then place outside them outside and watch your feathered friends gather around them!!! Have fun!!!
I have used this recipe many times and it works. What you will need: clean and empty egg carton(s) shortening chunky peanut butter bird seed dried berries(optional) dried apple slices, finely chopped(optional)
Place shortening & peanut butter in a pan.I don't use exact measurements.Melt into a pourable,almost watery liquid.Pour in seed,berries, and apples into the mixture.Mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into the carton. Remember,you will have half as many eggs as your molds. ex. a 12 egg carton will have 6 food eggs. Place the carton in the fridge.When the eggs are hard,take out. Melt only a little bit of shortening & peanut butter. Melt. Dip the FLAT side of each egg into the mixture. Press two eggs together IMMEDIATELY. Place the eggs in the carton again and cool. Serve.
-1 part peanut butter -1 part vegetable shortening -2 1/2 parts white flour
Mix the peanut butter and shortening in a bowl. (Optional: add raisins, berries, fruit, or peanuts.) Then add flour and mix until doughy. Spread where large tree limb meets trunk or put in a covered tray feeder.
Birds I Have Attracted: american robin, wood thrush, eastern bluebird, black capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, baltimore oriole, american redstart, carolina wren, eastern towhee, brown headed cowbird, common grackle, red winged backbird, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, gray catbird, chipping sparrow, american goldfinch, house finch, white breasted nuthatch, and downy woodpeckers which love the recipe
1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1 cup bacon grease 2 cups quick cooking oats 2 cups cornmeal 1/3 (or a little more if you like)sugar or 1/4cup honey 1 cup flour
Melt bacon grease and peanut butter in microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into suet containers or any kind of mold. Place in the freezer until frozen and hard. I use onion net bags for the small birds. I also sometimes mix in about 1 cup or so of birdseed before freezing for variety.
I collect all leftover misc. seeds e.g. sunflower seeds and seed mix and combine this with semi-heated bacon fat and oatmeal. I add enough oatmeal to be able to roll the cooled mixed into balls or press into small cakes. I use the balls/cakes in suet feeders or flat feeders during the winter.
1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup oatmeal 1/3 cup bacon grease, lard, or rendered animal fat 1/2 cup bird seed 1/8 cup medium barley 1/4 cup oatmeal (dry) Enough water to make mixture stick together
Mix ingredients, dry ingredients first. Then pour your other ingredients. After thoroughly Mixed press into small cake pan or in muffin pan. bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. (cut when still warm) allow to cool, then add to any kind of feeder. Store what you don't use in the freezer.
bacon grease from your one pound of breakfast bacon
2 cups peanut butter
1 cup coconut oil
3 cups black sunflower seeds, bought in bulk to save money
string and 1/3 of a straw
Warm up your bacon grease in pan, add about 2 cups peanut butter - creamy or crunchy, add in about a cup of coconut oil, mix well, add about 3 cups of sunflower seeds. Pour into a container. put in freezer for about a half hour then stick 1/3 of a drinking straw into the middle to make a hole. Freeze overnight. Pull straw out, remove from container, hang from string outside. Enjoy!
3 cups bird seed 2 four oz. unflavered gelaton packs cookie cutters (im using a heart shaped one) string or twine straw foil
Step 1.Sprinkle two packages of gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Let it sit a couple of minutes until gelatin has absorbed the water. Heat 1 3/4 cups water in a pan, then add in the gelatin mixture. Stir until dissolved. Stir in 3 cups birdseed.
Allow mixture to cool until gelatin is thick and coats all the birdseed.
Step 2.Wrap a piece of foil along the bottom and up the sides of a cookie cutter. Spray foil and cookie cutter with cooking spray. We used a 5 inch heart cookie cutter but any will work This mixture was enough to make three bird feeders.
Step 3.Pack birdseed mixture inside cookie cutter. Place a piece of straw in birdseed to leave a hole for hanging the bird feeder.
Allow mixture to harden and then remove from cookie cutter. We placed ours in the freezer for about and hour to speed things up.
Step 4.Add a piece of twine for hanging.
Comment: Thanks Alicia! Look forward to trying this for the Christmas season. Susan
Melt 3 blocks of lard in a pot then add 1 Jug of ground peanuts 1 jug of thistle seed 1 jug of bird seed 1 small bag of meal worm mix well then pour into baking trays place in fridge over night in the morning cut into blocks. the birds cant get enough of it :-)
Comment Thanks Christine. Now what exactly is a 'jug'?
First, make sure your bagel is uncooked Second, take your honey and smear it on your bagel Third, sprinkle your granola or raisins onto your bagel Forth, put it in the oven for no longer than 10 minutes Lastly, tie yarn around your bagel and hang it on your tree. Soon enough, birds will be enjoying your homemade bird snack.
Melt one cup lard and one cup crunchy peanut butter together.
To this melted mixture add one cup of quick oats, one cup of all purpose flour, 2 cups of yellow corn meal. Mix thoroughly. You may also add 1/2 cup of bird seed and/or raisins to this. This will have the consistency of thick pudding. Pour mixture into a pan and place it in the refrigerator or freezer and allow to harden.
Once mixture has hardened cut or break into pieces to fit into suet baskets. Any crumbles or small pieces can be placed in a platform feeder. Any leftovers may be stored in plastic zip bags and stored in the freezer.
Hi I am seeking information about using rendered suet for the birds.
Does anybody know if the hard bits of meat that are left after rendering are dangerous for the birds (choking or whatever.) I was given some fat, both pork and beef, and rendered it down but did not strain it. There was a lot of meat mixed in with the ground fat and my thought was that it might be good for them, but now I am having second thoughts. Any opinions?
1 1/2 cups melted fat. (Use bacon or beef fat, NO CHICKEN FAT) 2 tablespoons of peanut butter 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs 1 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup white flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup bird seed, raisins etc
Melt fat and peanut butter and stir in other ingredients. Empty the mixture into a pie tin, coffee can or ice cream container. Allow it to cool and harden.
Ingredients: 1 cup raisins 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup uncooked oatmeal 1/2 cup lard (unsalted) 1 cup skim milk 1 cup wheat germ 1 cup flour
Directions: Mix ingredients together and blend well to form a thick batter. Add raisins dredged with flour. Grease a pie pan and flour lightly for baking. Pour mixture into pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately an hour. Cool and break into large pieces. Place in mesh bags and hang in shrubs.
Method: put the peanut paste on a hook or samoething that dangles. Simply roll the peanut paste in the bird seed and watch the wild birds ( or domesticated birds) go frenzy with thier 'new' Birdy Heaven.
Start with a cake of Home-Style Suet. Kneed it back into a dough. Add 1/4 cup of dried apples. Place 1/2 back into the plastic tray. Carefully pop it back out onto a dish. Repeat this with the other 1/2. Refrigerate for 1 hour to make firm.
You will need... A good amount of wild bird seed (how much do you want to make) A little less peanut butter than that.. A pot
Before we start, a word of warning... Please do not make the same mistake I did and use fruit and nut mix... It went horribly wrong...LOL It did not stick at all, so if you do want to use it crush it up to the size of black oilers.
This one is simple... Add your crushed or smaller birdseed to the Pot. Take the Peanut Butter and keep mixing in small amounts till it is the consistency you can easily smear it on a tree. Make sure there's enough seeds and it's not all Peanut Butter. Then, well.. Smear it on a tree like melted suet. Bluejays like the Peanut Butter, and other birds like the seeds if you smear it in the crook of some branches...
You can use either of the lists of ingredients to make the final product, which can be used if you have problems with starlings:
List 1: 2 parts rendered beef suet, melted 3 parts white or yellow cornmeal
List 2: 1 part peanut butter 2 parts rendered beef suet, melted 4 parts finely cracked corn 4 parts white or yellow cornmeal
Mix ingredients together. Pour into temporary storage containers and let harden. After mixture has hardened completely, re-melt the mixture. Pour into molds of the appropriate sizes for your feeders and let re-harden.
*Melting the mixture a second time increased the hardness of the finished product. This will make it less attractive to starlings.
This is a simple and easy non-cook treat for the birds. Nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, chickadees, and titmice especially love it. It is best put on a platform feeder or in a suet cage. What you need: 2 parts peanut butter 1 part oil or melted butter 1 part flour 1 part crushed peanuts, sunflower seeds, or anything else you think the birds will enjoy.
Mix together the peanut butter, flour, and oil. Then add the peanuts, etc. Refrigerate this for a while if you want. Otherwise, this recipe is ready to serve. Enjoy the birds!
Use old bacon grease..let harden in freezer...then take out and place any grains, nuts, berries, apples seeds, old crackers or bread and form to the desired shape for your bird feeder. The hardened bacon grease hold all the goodies together..all birds love it!!
Comment Great idea for that bacon fat that sits in the can in the freezer, Diann! Susan