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Birds eating suet cakes from a garden feeder

Suet cakes are a wonderful high-fat snack for our little feathered friends, and are a great source of essential nutrients. Their high-fat content makes them a perfect treat for the winter months, but they can be enjoyed all year round.

Not only are suet cakes a delicious and nutritious snack for birds, but they’re also relatively easy to make yourself. (If you don’t want to make them yourself, you can shop for suet products here.) If you’re interested in finding out a little more about how you can make your own suet cakes, keep reading on!

Making suet cakes can be a fun activity to do with your friends and family, particularly children as making suet cakes doesn’t involve the use of any sharp kitchen utensils or extreme heat.

First of all, let’s make sure you have everything you need to make suet cakes for birds. You’re going to need;

And that’s all you need; making suet cakes is really that easy!

Bird cake mix is a delicious blend of high-energy, high-protein content such as peanut granules, oatmeal, raisins, and mealworms. If you have the raw ingredients available to you, you can make the bird cake mix yourself, but we’d recommend using the bird cake mix available from Really Wild Bird Food.

Now, let’s get started on how you can make your suet cakes!

 

Homemade Suet Cake Recipe:

Step One:

Put your lard into a bowl and warm it either in the microwave or over a pan of hot water. Note that the lard doesn’t need to get very hot, just warm enough to be malleable by hand. If you have a thick lump of lard, dicing it into smaller cubes will help it soften quicker and more evenly.

Step Two:

Take your bird mix and mix it into the softened lard. Try and distribute it as evenly as you can throughout the mixture, creating a steady consistency. This can be great fun to do with your hands, especially if you’re making suet cakes with young children!

Step Three:

Divide your mixture as evenly as you can into balls or blocks, depending on the shape of your bird feeder, ideally no bigger than 2 inches in diameter.

Step Four:

Once you’ve finished moulding your suet cakes how you want them, place them on the tray and put them into the fridge to set. We’d recommend putting them in for at least an hour, or until the lard is firm and set.

Step Five:

Now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour! Take your suet cakes out into the garden and watch the wild birds flock to your garden and enjoy the delicious snack you’ve provided for them.

There are a wide range of different suet feeders available; if you want to browse the vast selection of suet feeders from Really Wild Bird Food, click the link down below!

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We’d recommend storing the suet cakes out of direct sunlight as this might cause them to melt. If you’ll be storing your suet cakes for long periods of time, you may want to store them in the fridge or freezer to extend their lifespan.

If you have any questions about bird feed, feeders, or anything related to bird care, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team here at Really Wild Bird Food. Our first-class team are always happy to help and will do everything they can to help answer your questions and find the right products for you and your garden.

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