Suet blocks are a popular option for feeding wild birds, as a variety of different bird species are attracted to the fruits, nuts and fat in the suet mix. Although suet blocks are available for a relatively low price at a number of retailers, it is quite easy to make your own suet mix at home so that you can adjust the ingredients that you feed wild birds based on what the birds seem to prefer.
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Things you need
- Twine or non-dyed string
- Bird seed
- Dried fruit
- Mold or plastic container
Place the lard into the saucepan and heat it over low heat until it melts. The amount of lard you use will determine how much suet mix you will have when the process is complete. Use several cups of lard if you want to make multiple bird feed blocks. Stir constantly, removing the lard from the burner once it has melted completely.
Mix a small amount of the bird seed, fruits and nuts thoroughly in a heatproof bowl. Start with two cups of seed and fruit mix for each cup of lard you have melted. You can add more later if you want your blocks to have a higher dry feed content.
Pour the lard over the dry mix, stirring thoroughly to make sure it is well coated. Continue stirring until the dry mix is sticking together and is completely covered in the liquid lard. If the mixture seems too dry and crumbles easily, melt a small amount of lard in the microwave for 30 seconds and add it to the mix; if there is too much lard, add more seed, fruits and nuts.
Tie one to three knots in your string and place it in the container or mould that you are using to shape your suet blocks. Make sure that the bottom of the string is lying on the bottom of the container and that there is enough string that at least 6 to 10 inches or more are outside the container.
Pour your seed and lard mixture into the container, making sure that the string passes through it and is sticking out the top. Place the container in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely.
Carefully remove the bird seed block from the container. The lard will have solidified again. Use the string or twine to hang the block so that birds will be able to find it.
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