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. These suet treats are perfect in the cold weather because they give an extra boost of fat and protein to help keep the birds active & warm. You can also substitute ice for the grease/oil for a refreshing summertime treat.
Homemade Suet Treats
Suet treats are super simple to make and they take about 20 minutes from start to finish.
1) Gather Ingredients
Start by gathering any ingredients that your birds enjoy. Some favorites at our house are:
- Seeds (Black Oil Sunflower, Flax, etc.)
- Dried Fruits
- Grease/Oil (coconut oil & lard are my faves)
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
3) Fill It Up
Place your ingredients into the wells of the pan. Melt your oil or grease and fill each well about 2/3 full.
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.
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!
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!