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DIY Chicken Suet Block Treats

The thing about having a 4-year-old who loves his chickens is that he NEEDS to give them treats all the time. Since the cost of everything is on the rise and we need activities to keep him busy I decided we would try to make our own suet cakes. These typically cost between $5.50-$12 at feed stores.

I picked up a bag of Royal Wing Value Mix Wild Bird Food from Tractor Supply.

 

I then ordered 6 Pcs Mini Round Cake Mold for $6.29 on Amazon as well as an additional Suet Feeder for $2.26.

 

For under $25 we were ready to make the chickens some treats. I have coconut oil, shortening, and peanut butter on hand to use to form the cakes. I have seen suet recipes using these as well as left over bacon and hamburger grease. This is great way to use grease you would typically just throw away.

You can store any grease in the freezer until you are ready to make the cakes.

You can also add any variety or nuts, berries, herbs, & spices. Pepper is great for respiratory health and garlic boosts the immune system. Chopped up vegetables are another great addition if you are storing the cakes in your freezer to keep them fresh until you use them.

To make your suet cakes:

Melt the grease and mix in seeds, berries, herbs, veggies.. whatever you would like to add. Pour into molds and place in freezer. Once they are set-up you can pop them out of the molds and store in a ziploc bag in your freezer until you need them.

You can also do the same method in the summer but replace the grease with water to help hens cool down on hot summer days. Fill your molds with chopped up veggies, herbs, etc and top off with water. Freeze and then place in your suet feeder for a tasty summer treat to help them cool down.

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