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Friday, October 10, 2008

Bird Bricks

I've always been a bird watcher. Being eternally thrifty, though, I don't like to spend a lot on their food. My mom and dad always successfully attracted many different birds by just putting out cracked corn and sunflower seeds. I use that mix, plus thistle seed, suet, and my homemade Bird Bricks.

Basically, Bird Bricks are a substitute for those suet cakes that you can pick up just about anywhere. They're anywhere from a buck to three or four dollars a piece. Mine cost about sixty cents a piece! And the birds seem to love them MORE than the commercially prepared ones.

Bird Bricks

1 cup of lard
1 cup of peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
2 cups of oatmeal
2 cups of corn meal
1 cup of flour
1 cup of raisins or peanuts-- optional

Mix well with your mixer and spoon into a 9×13 pan.
Freeze until firm (at least 2 hours). Cut into feeder sized pieces. I usually get 6 from one 9x13 inch pan. Store pieces in freezer in zip-lock bag until ready to use.

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic idea for the bird bricks, and putting up the recipe is even better. What a handsome boy snacking away at your feeder!!


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