Ahhh my infernal DIYer attitude!Lol
I wont pay a $1 for a small square of bird Suet blocks Any more!
To give my chickens a treat in this serious cold I made some for them too..
Start with Lard and Peanut Butter(Crunchy or Creamy)
I used 2 lbs of each melting it slowly..
Oooooo so slowly.....
Till it looked like this....
very low heat as you don't want to fry the Peanut Butter in the Lard.
I had 3 pans full...
One is a Half sheet cake pan size(for the main chicken pen)...
The empty Lard Bucket(for the Birds)...
And a small round pan(for banty chickens)...
I mixed it in the pans.
Adding the Lard/P-nut Butter a half a cup at a time.
I mixed a gallon sized container(about 5 pounds) of
Poultry Grains,Black Oil Sunflower Seeds,Corn Chops and Whole Oats
Which is my normal chicken feed.
I layered is with Chopped apples that had gotten soft.
A couple of Hand fulls of Flax seeds..
About 4 cups of Cornmeal..
Mixed it all together....
The wild birds haven't quite figured it out.
The chickens dug in right away.
Now to remember to save the last of my plastic
that held these to use for future molds!
This little bird didn't even flinch when I started taking his picture.
The most expensive thing is the Lard and peanut butter if you don't buy it from a discount grocery store. I bought a 4lb container of crunchy peanut butter for a couple of dollars.. I am thinking about making it up in some kind of container to be hung out and putting it in some of the Christmas gifts.. Just hope I remember to wrap it in plastic before putting it in the gift so it wont be greasy...
You can also add dried fruits, other seeds and some herbs(for chickens). This opens up a whole new chicken food avenue!!lol