Easy to Make Suet Bird Feeders


| 1/11/2016 3:53:00 PM


Tags: bird feeders, uses of beef fat, rendering beef fat, bird keeping, Renee Benoit, Northern California, California,

Renee-Lucie BenoitBack in old Ioway the deer would browse the corn fields and get nice and fat in the winter. At my mother-in-law's she even had a conservation easement (or whatever it's called) to let a certain number of acres stay in corn just to feed the deer. That was nice for the deer and nice for the hunters. You know how people love corn fattened beef, well, corn fattened deer is almost the same thing. Out here we don't have corn. We have rice. It doesn't "finish" the game in the same way but I'm not complaining.

The other thing that makes winter nice is winter bird watching. I could sit at my window for hours watching the birds that come to my feeders. I have a hummingbird feeder in the back yard and a regular feeder in the front. We get doves, jays, acorn woodpeckers, chipping sparrows and finches.

This winter I decided to make some suet bird feeders just for a little extra winter re-charge for my little friends. It's easy to do and a good winter kitchen project for the young ones.

Make Your Own Suet Bird Feeder

Supplies

1/2-1 cup rendered fat (beef is best but you can also use pig fat. I go to the local butcher and get a pound or half pound very reasonably. To render the fat chop it up small and put it in a crock pot on low if you are busy or high if you can pay attention. Let it melt and then skim off the "debris" which is bits of skin or meat. Strain it and you're all set.)

reneeb
1/19/2016 8:30:04 PM

That's pretty much true wherever squirrels live! It's our Mission Impossible to try to think of ways to thwart them. I can think of a few Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions that might do the trick. Thanks for reading and commenting!


dudleydream
1/17/2016 7:56:17 PM

Where I live the squirrels will eat it all and the birds nothing.





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