Homemade Suet Blocks for your Chickens or the Wild Birds


 suet gang 

Photo by Lisa

Don't throw away the grease leftover from cooking burgers, steaks, meatloaf or bacon!  You can use it to make homemade suet blocks for your chickens or the wild birds. They will love it and during the winter, they really can use the energy that the fat provides.

Ingredients and equipment:

  • Grease/fat (i.e. from cooking meatloaf, burgers, steak or bacon)
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Raisins
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Heat/freezer safe container
  • Suet cage



Photo by Lisa

Chop some assorted nuts (peanuts are especially nutritious and a good source of unsaturated fat). Be sure to use only UNsalted nuts. Arrange them in your freezer safe dish and then sprinkle some raisins on top along with a healthy shake of cayenne pepper. The cayenne helps to heat the body naturally and also stimulates the hens' circulatory system. This is extremely beneficial during the cold winter months.

When you cook meat, save and drain your grease. (Use bacon fat sparingly since it does contain salt and nitrates that should be avoided for the most part.) Let the grease cool just a bit and then pour carefully over the nut mixture.

suet nuts

Photo by Lisa

3/6/2021 6:43:14 AM

Lisa always has great ideas for doing things for our chickens. I don't cook a lot of foods producing grease but I'm going to start doing this for them. With 60 /- chickens, regular suet cakes only last minutes so I'll be making larger ones.

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