I make these homemade suet cakes for my chickens but they are great for wild birds too. These suet cakes will provide wild birds and other poultry with a great source of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients that their little bodies need during the winter months.
This list of what do chickens eat, and what they shouldn’t comes in pretty handy, especially when it comes to making homemade treats for them!
Why Make Homemade Suet Cakes For Wild Birds, Chickens, and other Poultry?
I make these homemade suet cakes for my chickens but they are great for wild birds too.
Suet cakes can provide much-needed nutrients and vitamins during the cold winter months. During the winter, there are fewer insects, and edible plant materials to eat. Bird’s natural food sources are depleted, dead, dying, or covered in snow.
Even here in Florida, where we don’t have much of a winter, we do get quite a lull in the insect population (thank goodness!) and the edible greens often will die back if the winter is cold enough. Plus, we don’t have much growing as far as berries, vegetables, and other fruits. That’s why bird feeders and homemade suet cakes are so important to them.
For chickens, who get to free-range much of the year a suet cake can provide some much need protein sourced from foods they would naturally eat, like mealworms, and sunflowers. These suet cakes can also help those birds who are molting a little late in the season, to re-grow their winter feathers.
Additionally, suet cakes are usually made with ingredients that will melt in the warmer temperatures. This recipe has quite a bit of coconut oil. Which as you may know melts at 76ºF. For that reason, I suggest you place these outside when the temperature is lower than 76ºF.
Homemade Suet Cakes
Remember to only put these out in the colder months. Coconut oil will melt at 76ºF. So if it’s hot outside these will melt!
- 1 tbsp mealworms
- 1 tbsp black oil sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, unsalted
- 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp chicken scratch or cracked corn
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- Fill the rest with coconut oil
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a muffin tin.
- Add the coconut oil in last.
- If the coconut oil is somewhat solid, place the muffin tray in the oven on the lowest setting for a few minutes until the oil has completely melted.
- Place the muffin tin in the freezer for about 3 hours or until all ingredients have been frozen.
- Remove the muffin tin from the freezer.
- Turn the muffin pan upside down to remove suet cakes from the pan. They should just come right out. If you have trouble run warm water on the bottom of the pan.
- Wrap each suet cake in wax, parchment, or freezer paper. Place in a freezer bag and store until the winter.
- To serve, pull homemade suet cakes out of the freezer and allow to defrost for a while. Serve them to the birds when they are no longer super cold.
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Nutrition InformationYield 9 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 1mgSodium 855mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 3g
For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.
Remember Your Birds In The Summer Too!
Don’t forget about your chickens when it’s hot outside. I have a few tips for making cooling chicken treats plus a couple of frozen treats for chickens. These treats don’t even take 5 minutes to make. Additionally, the chickens absolutely love them and they make a great distraction. If you plan on adding chickens to your flock, distraction treats work great.
Keeping chickens is a lot of fun. I love spoiling them. However, it’s important to remember that suet cakes are snacks and not a whole meal. So, give these to chickens and other backyard poultry in moderation just like you would with any other treats such as scratch.
Read a little bit more about why it’s cool to give backyard birds suet cakes. Don’t forget to help feed the birds this coming winter! They’ll love these homemade suet cakes! Thanks for visiting, let me know if you have any questions!
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