Maybe I am just a crazy chicken lady, but I feel like my birds deserve a little more than boring dry feed every day so I make special treats for them to enjoy. My chickens love to see me coming to their pen with these little morsels. Feed the treats with a coconut oil/grease base in the cold weather because they give an extra boost of fat and protein to help keep the birds active & warm. Feed the treats with a water/ice base in the summer for a refreshing summertime treat. The birds get a healthy treat that doubles as a fun toy & I save money by not buying pre-made treats at the store.
Homemade Suet Treats
1) Gather Ingredients
Start by gathering any ingredients that your birds enjoy. Some favorites at our house are:
- Seeds- Black Oil Sunflower, Flax, etc.
- Corn- Add more corn in the winter and less in the warmer months.
- Dried Fruits
- Grease/Oil- I like to mix coconut oil with bacon grease.
Coconut Oil has a TON of benefits for flock health. It is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial… It improves circulation & the immune system… that’s just taking the tip off the ‘ol iceberg, y’all.
If you don’t keep coconut oil on hand, no worries… Leftover cooking grease is fine to feed, it just doesn’t have the extra health boosting properties of coconut oil.
2) Spray a Mini Muffin Pan
These treats don’t really stick because you are using oil as the main ingredients, but I didn’t want to chance it so I sprayed.
You can also use a regular baking pan or loaf pan if you want bricks for a hanging feeder instead of individual treats.
3) Fill It Up
Place your ingredients into the wells of the pan.
Melt (don’t cook) your oil & grease and fill each well about 2/3 full.
4) Solidify the Cakes
Place your pan in the fridge to let the oil solidify. This takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the grease/oil that you chose.
5) Store in Refrigerator
Pop the treats out & store them in the fridge in a plastic container or a zip loc bag. They keep for several months in the fridge! I have some from 2 months ago that are still good as new! Just be sure to leave them in the refrigerator until you are ready to feed them or they will start to melt.
6) Serve ’em Up!
Throw a couple suet treats out to your barnyard birds and watch them gobble ’em up! Seriously, they love these things! Let me know if your chickens are fans and what you use in your treats!
Are you ready to make some yummy & healthy treats for your birds?