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Frugal Suet, It's for the Birds

Updated on November 21, 2017

Do you have some rendered bacon, beef, or ham fat that you don't know what to do with? Seems like a waste, does it? Well, now you don't have to throw it away, you can feed it to your feathery friends!

Winter is the time of year we tend to indulge more than we should. We buy big roasts and gorge ourselves silly. Winter is also the time of year wild birds need more fat and protein in their diets, just produce enough warmth and energy to survive this brutal time.

We definitely don't appreciate winter fat, but your backyard birds will!

First, let's play....Who's That Bird?

This little guy was getting ready to spread his wings and fly. If I'm lucky, he'll grace my feeder this winter.

Ingredients for homemade suet

  • 3 tbsp cold rendered meat fat, bacon, beef or ham
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 tbsp wild bird seed


  1. Mix thoroughly together and put in a freezable container, something will fit the shape and size of your suet feeder. (I used a small Tupperware container). Freeze overnight. Unmold the suet and put in the suet feeder.

They will tweet over it!

Birds that really enjoy suet:

  • Woodpeckers
  • Nuthatches
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse.

Making your own suet is cheap, easy, better for the environment (none of the throw away packaging of store-bought suet!) and best of all, you are attracting more wild birds to your yard and helping them get through the winter.

What's Your Favorite Winter Wild Bird?

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Important: Put the Suet away in Spring!

Although suet can be a wonderful supplement for wintering birds, in warmer weather, the suet can go rancid. It may even stick to a bird's belly feathers, causing problems while incubating eggs— the eggs have tiny pores for oxygen and can't be clogged up by fatty suet.


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    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks Lilleyth! I appreciate the comment.

    • Lilleyth profile image

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Bird lover here. Been making my own suet for decades. Great hub.

    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 

      7 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      I have to agree with your perspective on the humans hecate-horus! Sadly so, but true.

    • AnnRandolph profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea. I usually buy my suet. Well no more.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thank you Dale Hyde. And I agree.

      I love animals and I absolutely abhor waste. I have to say that humans are the most wasteful lot on the the planet. It makes me sad.

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      Dale Hyde 

      7 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Well done! So many people toss out what is a gourmet meal for the animals and birds. I personal stopped doing that many years back. I have found most left-overs of any kind will be greatly appreciated the "other" earthlings that we share this planet with, the animals, especially those wild or homeless ones.


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