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Does anyone have a home made recipe for suet?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by go-veggie, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. go-veggie

    go-veggie Flew the Coop

    I found some online, but I'd be interested to hear if any of you have a recipe that is geared more for chickens.........either for a treat or winter feeding. Thanks!

  2. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    I saw your name and was wondering if you were a veggie too [​IMG] I am sure you know that suet is made of fat renderings and really isn't the best thing to feed in the summer months...spoiled fat [​IMG] Are you wanting some recipes for winter feeding?
    I was going to make some for the wild birds last year but with all the straining and cooking of fat I decided to just go with the store bought stuff LoL
  3. go-veggie

    go-veggie Flew the Coop

    Quote:I am! I love dairy though, so I won't ever be able to go as far as being a vegan. I'm looking for winter feeding ideas and longer lasting snacks. Someone had mentioned on here last week how they use suet for treats and in winter, and I thought I'd try to make my own. Is it difficult? I saw a recipe where you mix peanut butter and corn meal and something else...maybe lard or something. Is the whole fat thing just too gross? I feed my pets food with meat, so I guess I won't be too picky about using some fat for the chickens, but if it isn't real healthy for them or it's just too much work, I probably won't do it. Let me know your thoughts...thanks!
  4. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Well if you render the fat yourself it can smell VERY gross, some recipes even warn you of this lol
    When I was doing mine, to make them stretch and add to them I would melt one commercial block down and add more seed/fruits etc and then use empty plastic suet containers to mold them again. Or I put parchement paper (used for cooking) or waxpaper to line the actual suet cage so I could make on the size of the cage. I usually could get 2 blocks of that size out of the one I started with.

    I found some of these online, they can all be tweeked a bit:

    They are for bluebirds but the site has alot of info.

    I guess I need to start up with making mine for winter too LoL
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Does anyone have a home made recipe for suet?

    Uh, get a cow, kill it, render the fat [​IMG]

    I'd be real cautious about giving chickens more than a tiny bit of it, even in the winter - unlike wild birds, chickens generally have ample caloric intake to begin with and often not too much to do except sit around and eat. (And fats have very high caloric content, ounce for ounce). Not a good combination. You may not care if your chickens develop 'love handles' <g> (hm, *actual* handles on a chicken would be really convenient, wouldn't it?) but body fat can interfere with egg laying and is generally considered to predispose chickens to becoming eggbound and perhaps to internal laying, neither of which do you want.


  6. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007

    You can make vegetarian suet, I think there is a recipe for it on that link I gave and I think it says that you can sub vegetable shortnening in for any animal fat. So really all 'suet' cakes can be made veggie friendly.

    I have another reason to be glad I bought that food dehydrator now LoL I can use it for something besides dog treats [​IMG]

    Here's some for you...think I'll print them out with the others I am adding to my 'pet recipes'

    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup crisco shortening or other shortening
    4 cups yellow cornmeal
    1 cup white flour

    Hand mix as one would mix cookie dough. This makes two
    pounds. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

    Summer Suet

    3 cups cornmeal
    1 cup flower
    3 tablespoons baking powder
    2/3 cup oil
    3 1/2 soy milk
    1 cup nuts
    2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

    Mix together the cornmeal, flour, and baking soda. Whisk in the oil
    and soy milk. Stir in nuts and cayenne. Pour into an oiled 13x9x2"
    pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut
    into 6 suet feeder sized pieces. Suet can be stored in a freezer
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2008

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