Homemade Suet for Birds

We got some wintery weather over the weekend, and I loved every minute! It wasn’t the 5-8 inches of snow the weather man promised, but I’ll take whatever I can get.

DIY suet for wild birds

DIY suet for wild birds

The temperatures have been in the single digits the last few nights, and when it gets that cold I start worrying about the wild birds. You Do It Suet was kind enough to give me one of their suet molds, and I figured the birds would appreciate a treat today.

The mold came with a book of recipes, and I tweaked one of them to use what I had on hand. I stirred together 5 tablespoons of dried mealworms, 5 tablespoons of Quick Oats, 5 tablespoons of whole wheat flour, and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter.

Yes, I had mealworms on hand. I’m not a total weirdo—my chickens love them. It was incredibly strange to measure worms into a mixing bowl though. You can use sunflower seeds in place of worms if you’re squeamish.

DIY suet for wild birds

I reheated my saved bacon grease, stirred it into the dry ingredients, and poured everything into the mold. Umm… yum? Daniel came into the kitchen smelling bacon and squealed when he saw my bowl full of worm soup.

DIY suet for wild birds

I put the mold in the freezer for a while, and then popped the suet out. I left it in the freezer for about 45 minutes. If I had left it longer the “You Do it Suet” logo would’ve turned out perfectly, but I was itching to feed my feathered friends. (They can’t read anyway!)

DIY suet for wild birds

DIY suet for wild birds

I haven’t put bird food out for at least 6 months, but within 1 minute of hanging the suet outside birds flocked around it and started chowing down!

DIY suet for wild birds

Fern seemed to love watching the birds with me for a few minutes. Then she started screaming and thrashing around, because nap time.

DIY suet for wild birds

Definitely consider the You Do It Suet mold if you want to try making your own suet, or if you need a thoughtful gift for a bird lover. It’s a great product and a nice way to put leftover cooking grease to use (or any leftover worms you may have sitting around your kitchen). You can also use it to make suet for your pet chickens, so you know I’m trying that next. Fat happy chickens, here we come!


  1. Gabrielle

    Oh gosh I had no ideal that such a thing existed or to even look to see if such a thing existed! Definitely adding to my list. I did a bunch of bird prep before the winter storm in NC and this would have been awesome. The birds are barely touching the store bought suet I found. Excited to give this a try in the future.

  2. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

    The birds around my house will only eat the peanut flavored store-bought suet. They are picky I guess! ;)

  3. Maya

    I think this is awesome because my son is allergic to nuts, but we can do Sunbutter. I’ve never found a birdseed that doesn’t have possible nut cross contamination, but we could make this. Expensive for us to make with our premium Sunbutter/not cross contaminated sunflower seeds, but we can do it and my kid will be thrilled. He loves birds.

  4. Katie

    Our birds are loving the packaged suet we got this time…We live in SE NC and had SNOW on Sunday! The birds have been practically guilting us to put out food. We have two feeding stations – one we can see from the kitchen/computers and another in the back that is harder to see, but the birds (and squirrels) like them. And I have meal worms – the bluebirds love them :)

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