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Suet Blocks for Chickens ????

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Is it OK to give chickens suet blocks made for wild birds? The local farm store has them for .59 and .79 cents apiece.

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Yes, and it helps boost fats and carbs to keep them warmer. I make my own now- very easy and I can put whatever I want in.

I usually melt 2 pounds of lard, (careful, do NOT leave the pan unwatched!) and let it cool until starting to set up again. Then I stir in scratch, bird seed, oatmeal, cornmeal, dried fruit, sunflower seeds....just whatever I have on hand. Sometimes I add cayenne pepper.  That mix gets poured into a half gallon oj or milk carton and refrigerated until hardened. I peel/tear off the carton, slice with a serrated knife and the chickens LOVE it! It's great watching them struggle to get the biggest piece and hide it.

I give it to them twice a week, so it's a treat only. big_smile


Edited by ranchhand - 1/14/10 at 9:16am

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Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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post #3 of 8

Thanks...I have been wondering this myself.

Paula
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post #4 of 8

I use the commercial ones though I occasionally get ground suet from the meat store and mix with peanut butter and lard and seed...

I keep the commercial blocks in my refrigerator and bring them to the coop in winter and/or if a bird is in molt.

The birds love it!

This one is on a wall over the nest boxes where there is a platform:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b132/LynneP/Flock/th_SuetBlockandhen.jpg

Focussing on the black Australorp.  Facebook page under Linda Pattison.

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Focussing on the black Australorp.  Facebook page under Linda Pattison.

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Thanks for the help, I thought this was a good price but wanted to make sure before I bought too many of them.

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So it is ok for them to have the lard, I looked at some before but thought maybe it was too much fat for them?  I guess in the winter for treat now and then ( to include with the rest of the treats the spoiled brats get!)  bow

Mom to 3 Dogs, 2 Cats,  7 Bantams, 6 Standard Chickens, 2 Ex-Battery hens, 2 Maylasian Serama, 1 Ringneck Dove, 2 Canaries, 3 Finches, 2 Lovebirds   
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Mom to 3 Dogs, 2 Cats,  7 Bantams, 6 Standard Chickens, 2 Ex-Battery hens, 2 Maylasian Serama, 1 Ringneck Dove, 2 Canaries, 3 Finches, 2 Lovebirds   
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post #7 of 8

I work as a seed mixer at a wild bird food plant and on all our pakaging it says for wild birds only, but I assume thats to cover our butts. I used some cardinal pressed seed, just smashed it up and they loved the black oil and cracked corn, i got a bucnh of year round suet I'm going to give them

All creatures have a place on earth,, right next to the taters n gravy
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All creatures have a place on earth,, right next to the taters n gravy
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I save the fat from the meat I cook for my family in a container in the freezer. After I roast a chicken or cook some burgers in a skillet I just pour the fat in the container. When I need to make the suet I just melt it all down, add the seeds, oats, etc. and then freeze it in a loaf pan. Then I just slice it as I need it. The slices fit great in my suet feeders.

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