How to Make Suet & Fat Balls for Birds:
Here's my basic Recipe.
1 cup of lard
1 cup of chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup white flour
1 cups cornmeal
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup of mix seed
Mix all ingredients together and form into whatever shapes you need.
If your mixture is too dry to shape, add more fat.
An alternative is:
Pour all the ingredients in a pot and heat it all up until the lard and peanut butter melts.
Let it cool and shape the suet.
Now I only make Suet in the winter. However, I used to make some in early spring for the migratory birds as well. The spring fat balls, I added extra peanuts, raisins and meal worms. Suet Recipes at homes-n-gardens.com/
Where to buy a Bird Suet Feeder?:
You can find Suet Feeders at Hardware stores and even at the $Store, if you have one in your neighbourhood.
Or you can make your own
with whatever you have around the house.
I use 1/4" hardware cloth for the grid.
4 rounds of left-over wood.
1 round for the bottom and 1 round for the lid.
I used the other 2 wooden rounds just for decoration.
I screwed in 1/4" hardware around the bottom of the wooden circle.
Drilled a couple of holes on the lid for the wire to go through, attached the wire to the sides and hung it up.
I made it for Woodpeckers, but now Starlings and Black Birds want one too.
The next Suet Feeder that I make will have the mesh on the bottom of the feeder, so only "clinging birds" can use it. Then maybe the Woodpeckers will feed in peace.
I also have a square Suet Feeder, so I use the plastic container that came with suet and use it as mold for my homemade suet. The round mesh feeder, I shape my suet into balls.
The extra Suet and Fat Balls goes in the freezer and I labelled it - "Do Not Eat unless you're a bird".
That worked. :)