Homemade Chicken Suet...My attempt

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dixie&trixie, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. dixie&trixie

    dixie&trixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have decided to make my own chicken suet. I’ve looked at several recipes from other BYC members and took a lil from each one to create my own. Made a trip to target and found everything for under $15.00. I even found the suet cage on clearance for $.87!! Ive spoiled my chicks to the point that when I get home from work and go outside to check on them they all (‘’all” being 3 nine week old chicks) come running towards me as if to say, “We know you got something! Where is it lady?” Usually its mealworms or some cheese. Wont they be in for a treat when I bring them a block of my homemade suet! [​IMG] Cant wait, hope it turns out well and Ill let you know how it fares with the girls!! Wish me luck! [​IMG]
     
  2. dchickenman

    dchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck, keep us posted...[​IMG]
     
  3. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I want to see them when you are done!! I want to do the same.
     
  4. GoldenCometLady

    GoldenCometLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please post your recipe. I already make homemade suet for
    the song birds and woodpeckers. This is something I am very
    interested in.
     
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Once you make it, they'll love it! Mine mob me and almost attack when they see me coming with it!
     
  6. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DW made some for the song birds here they didnt like it. but the chickens loved it! She is going to have to find the recipe for the chicken suet for them.
     
  7. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I can't wait any longer - how did your suet cakes come out? Would love to have the recipe. I bought a flock block at TSC the other day as a treat but they are pretty expensive so I would like a lower priced homemade option. A healthy diversion for those little beaks.
     
  8. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Usually all I do is save the bacon drippings, pour into a shallow plastic container (one of those plastic tupperware sandwich things) pour in some birdseed or scratch, stir and serve.

    SOmetimes I do use fat trimmed from a steak or roast, rendered in simmering water. Skim, put in above container and mix with scratch or seed, stir and serve. It's usually not in a neat "cake" but all the chickens usually get some. My version isn't quite as neat as store-bought ones, usually kind of soft and greasy, but it gets rid of fat that would normally get thrown out.
     
  9. dixie&trixie

    dixie&trixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well unfortunately my girls hated it. [​IMG] They snubbed their beaks at it. [​IMG] I will not give up hope tho. I am going to tweak the recipe until I get it right. Heres what I used: suggestions welcome

    Songbird seed
    Lard
    Peanut Butter
    Wheat Germ
    Eggs
    Dried Fruit

    They like the wheat germ plain. Imagine that....[​IMG]
     
  10. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I give wild bird feed as a treat?

    Sorry - wrong post.
     
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