A suet bird feeder block is a great winter family project that can be done with kids during break or with your church group to pass the time away. Thanks to The Garden Gal, Debbie Cook, for giving out this recipe on the D&B Garden Show so we can all assist hungry birds in the winter.

What You Will Need

  • 1 pound butcher ground suet
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup wild bird seed
  • sunflower seeds
  • clean, Used, Yogurt Tubs


Melt and cool the ground suet two times. (Once works, but twice makes the mixture more firm). Mix in all the other ingredients and pack into your yogurt cups or other plastic molds. Let harden and remove from the mold. Place outside in your birdbath or on the ground for woodpeckers or chickadees to nibble on throughout the winter. These can also be inserted into a net bag (from all those Cutie oranges) and hung from a branch.

Remember, this is a winter only project. As soon as it starts to warm up, this mixture, when not used, will get very rancid!

Alternative Mixture

  • 1 pound vegetable shortening (only melt once)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cracked corn

Bird house in snow

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