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Making my own suet from pann drippings?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ssdyle, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. ssdyle

    ssdyle Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it possible to make some sort of suet cake from my pan drippings ? is it safe for the girls to eat?I normally pour the drippings into a coffee can till its full then toss it.
    And we're talking everything from bacon grease to hamburger fat.
    Just wondering, seems like some extra fat in the winter could'nt hurt.
    Thanks
    Sonny
     
  2. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see how it could hurt. As long as the fat isn't rancid or foul (no pun intended) smelling, it should work just fine. I use muffin tins or plastic Gladware containers as molds for my suet cakes. Great way to use up grease!
     
  3. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is Suet cakes? [​IMG]
     
  4. ssdyle

    ssdyle Out Of The Brooder

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    Tami,
    its just grease, if you mix in some oats and bird seed lots of songbirds will eat it
     
  5. bambi

    bambi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to make my own suet for the hens and birds. If you would like I will share my recipe . 2 cups of drippings lard or what ever you have. Mix in 2 cups of crunchy peanut butter, 4 cups of cornmeal, 4 cups of oats, 2 cups of BOSS, 2 cups of wheat flour. poor into pan let it harden then cut to desired size. Then hens love it as well as flying squirrels, birds of all kinds.
     
  6. ssdyle

    ssdyle Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Bambi, How often do you feed it to them?
     
  7. soap&eggs

    soap&eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i make my own for chickens from cracklings from rendering......i dump cracklings & cracked corn...breads, left overs, what ever is avaiable in bucket ..stir stir mix & mix...form into nice size balls & set on coffee filter. .. pack into old cool whip container..cardboard boxs..what ever i have avaiable...with freezing temps i just store out on porch ... as for feeding..i just set down in coop..chickens go nuts over it...within a day or so eggs increase.....have never seen any bad happen from them eatting these..so far only benifits...... have also made up similar treats for cats & dogs.
     
  8. bambi

    bambi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make it once a week and they get it daily if I give it to them and if I don't they under the tree where I hang my suet for the birds and eat what drops to the ground.
     
  9. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've made it with paper cups full of scratch, then poured in the hot grease/lard. When cooled and solidified, hang out for the birds. Although now I have a "Chicken Bucket" I keep in the kitchen with a scoop of scratch in it and toss in food preparation/cooking scraps and any grease/cooking liquids. This gets thrown out to the chickens each morning then restarted with another scoop of scratch. During the winter, I add cheap dry cat-food to the scratch mix to replace the protein they're not getting from summertime bugs.
     
  10. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks!! Great idea! I'm gonna try bambi's recipe...[​IMG]
     

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