Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AtRendeAcres, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I was thinking if anyone knows how to make suet (not sure if spelling it write)

    I was going to buy some & thought I could make it with chicken scratch but what is the base?

    I can put in their stockings [​IMG]
  2. Chickee's Mom

    Chickee's Mom Songster

    Aug 29, 2007
    Lacombe AB
    Suet is the hard fat found around the kidneys and heart of cattle and sheep, while regular fat occurs throughout an animal's body and is obtained by trimming beef lamb or pork cuts. We can buy it at the grocery store sometimes or we get it free from the butcher shop.
    Avoid using bacon dripping, too much salt.
    I don't feed suet to my chickens but feed it to the wild birds, woodpeckers, chickadee's, nuthatches and blue jays.
    I guess a bit for a treat would be okay, but I wouldn't give too much.
    When I make it for the wild birds I add peanut butter, shelled sunflower seeds, rolled oats, wheat germ, nuts, small hand full of grit, I melt this on the stove and mix real well then freeze it in containers for later use. Suet with chicken scratch sounds great for a small treat. I use those bags that you get tomatoes on the vine in, or onions bags if they aren't too big. Wonder how it would work if you hung some in the coop for them to pick at?? You have given me an idea!!
    hope this helps,
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    when i made it for the wild birds, i would just buy a thing of lard. i would also use pb if we had extra. but really, i think they liked the lard alot better and it is cheaper. lol. if you want it to be stable like for stocking, stick it in the freezer or i guess the fridge to make sure it sets nice for you. i always used the freezer.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    My chickens and guineas love to scour the ground under my bird feeders for the bits of suet that drop. I wouldn't feed it to them on a regular basis, but as a treat once in the while I don't figure it'll hurt them.
  5. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.

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