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suet cakes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jesskoot, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. jesskoot

    jesskoot Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been reading about flock blocks....can chickens have wild-bird suet cakes as a treat on especially frigid days or is there too much fat?
    thanks in advance -
     
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem. The extra fat will do them good.
     
  3. iliamna

    iliamna Out Of The Brooder

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    I've talked to two people recently who have raised chickens and they're saying to give the chickens sprinkles of red chili peppers (dheydrated flakes) in the winter as it gives them some warmth? Does anyone have any experience with this? Iliamna
     
  4. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    I dont think it will hurt them, i heard you can feed wild birds suet, why not chickens?
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use wild bird suet during the cold months and they will eat more on very cold days. They like it so much they will *sing* for it. You can hang it in a conventional wild bird suet holder...
     
  6. Scoop

    Scoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central PA
    ...now I gotta go see if DD will want to give her suet cake to the girls, I gave her one for Christmas. [​IMG]
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Mine get about 1 a week. I don't over-do it, but yes they like 'em and it doesn't seem to hurt a thing!
     
  8. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one I bought for the wild birds a while back. Will have to let the girlies have it instead. Does anyone know how to make them?
     
  9. NewHobbyForMe

    NewHobbyForMe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave my girls one and they loved it. But, they were pooping white the next day. I would also like to know how to make it. I will look it up and get back on here with the directions.

    Here is one I found:

    Make seedy suet cakes easily and economically. Just combine one part peanut butter, two parts birdseed, and five parts cornmeal to each part melted beef suet (available in the meat section of your grocery store). Press the mixture into muffin tins. Let harden. Drop a suet cake into a net bag and hang from a tree branch

    NOTE: Instead of birdseed we could add scratch.

    The cornmeal would be great, my girls love cornbread when I make it with cornmeal and I like it better than the boxed Jiffy Mix.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  10. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BEST RECIPE FOR SUET CAKES FOR BIRDS:

    1 cup lard
    1 cup crunch peanut butter
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 cup whole wheat flour, or Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal
    2 cups cornmeal

    Optional: raisens, BOSS, dried fruit, or eggshells ground fine.

    Mix, pour into 9 x 9 pan, or since I double this recipe, I use a 9 x 13 pan.

    I have made this for several years, got the recipe from "Birds and Blooms" magazine

    DonnaBelle
     

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