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Can I feed my chickens suet?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by familyguy, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. familyguy

    familyguy In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2009
    picked up a suet cage today to put stuff like broccoli in for my ladies to snack on and started wondering if I can feed them the suet blocks that the cage is designed for? Just wondering.

  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    Good question, wish I knew the answer!
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Yes [​IMG] They looooooove it! Mine do and it's a good source of carbs, oils, protein, etc.
  4. fowlmood

    fowlmood Songster

    Jan 28, 2009
    northern Michigan
    Yes. I feed mine suet and any other meat/fat scraps. Especially in the winter time.
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I was surprised that there was ANY protein in suet.

    By definition, suet is the fat from ruminants. Well, fat is fat.

    However, the USDA National Nutrient Database does show that beef suet has 1.5% protein. Still, that's precious little protein.

    Suet blocks for wild birds are probably not made to any standards, unlike livestock feed. I will say that a 3.5 ounce "serving" for a person [​IMG], doesn't have any real value in vitamins or anything else. It's just a string of "zeroes" . . .

    I'm sure that they "like" it. I'm just not sure if suet has much food value for laying hens. Calories.

  6. BridgeTea

    BridgeTea In the Brooder

    Nov 21, 2009
    I threw a suet cake in the coop every so often last winter during the coldest days. I figured some extra fat and calories might help keep them warm. They sure tackled it.
  7. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I make my own for my flock. Just keep in mind that it is a treat and give sparingly. I cut a pumpkin in half, baked it and then added my suet and anything old I found in the cupboards and freezer. Then I set the pumpkin bowls out for the flock to devour. My birds love me!!
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  8. Yes they are a great treat!
    I hated working with that sticky stuff so created my own using gelatine & whole grains etc.
  9. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Quote:I save all bacon grease (so does my Mom) to do the job for me. I have suet from the butcher but have not rendered it yet. I will save that for a day I'm snowed in.
  10. I'm always so fascinated with how different everyone's lifestyles are.

    We buy bacon maybe twice a year in the summer for BLT's so we almost never have that... and I guess cuz I live out here in the country where people butcher their own, we don't even have a butcher that I'm aware of. There are of course slaughterhouses mostly used commercially. Such different resources everywhere.

    I meant the actual suet cakes... grossed me out which is why I learned to make my own. Your going to "render" the fat? What is that? Cooking it?

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