I've got a suet holder hanging in my run. I found a large seed block at Lowe's that was made of sunflower seeds, peanuts, millet, safflower and held together with gelatin. 16% min protein, not bad for a seed block. It's a large block that I tear chunks off of and put in the small suet holder (they also have a large suet-type holder that would be great for a larger flock). The hanging suet holder has been a huge hit for the gals.
Does anyone know how to make a seed block using gelatin? I think that would be the perfect binder--wouldn't need to cook the whole thing at all. I'm going to do some experimentation if I can't find any info on this.
Never mind--found this recipe on the web--this would work great for homemade flock blocks!:
1 1/2 cups water
4 1/4 ounce pkgs. Knox unflavored gelatin
8 cups birdseed
Boil 1 1/2 cup water.
Empty the 4 packages of gelatin into 8 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl.
Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute.
Add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.
Stir 8 cups of birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.
Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times allowing the seed to absorb the liquid.
Spoon the mixture into a greased bundt pan and put in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
Remove the wreath from the mold by inverting the pan and tapping along the bottom. The pan may need to warm to room temperature before the wreath will come out.
Allow the wreath to dry on a cooling rack overnight or longer if necessary.
I followed this recipe. I didn't want to be baking anything and this just sits in the fridge until it gets hard. I then let it sit on the counter for a day or 2 until it dries out a little bit. I used some old horse supplement buckets instead of the bundt pan, and it turned out great. I also mix in corn, BOSS and some chopped nuts, just whatever I have around the house. They went nuts over it and it's sure alot cheaper than the Purina block.