[CT Birds] Suet

Marty swanhallm at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 09:51:26 EST 2013


How does one go about rendering store bought suet like that found in Stop & Shop?

Marty
Woodbury


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On Feb 12, 2013, at 8:10 PM, Jo-Anne Roberts <jmrcnslt at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I have seen Bark Butter but it's too expensive for my taste. 
> 
> I haven't added dried mealworms to the suet (which by the way, I enjoy making), but do provide dried MWs in a cup hanging from one of the feeders. The cup is empty every time I check. I've noticed tufted titmouse eating them. 
> Jo-AnneMansfield Center
> 
>> Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:44:22 -0600
>> From: bob at macdonnellphoto.com
>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Suet
>> 
>> If you didn't want to go through all that trouble, I use something  
>> called Bark Butter, which many birds seem to like. It's a peanut, suet  
>> and corn meal mix that's a bit like hard peanut butter. It's  
>> expensive, but can be spread on tree bark or plugged into tree holes  
>> where only certain birds seem to get at it. In my experience it goes a  
>> long way when used that way. I recently had bluebirds (well one female  
>> anyway) feeding on it, which I wrote about in my most recent blog post.
>> http://bobmacdonnell.zenfolio.com/blog
>> I was wondering about the benefit feeding dried mealworms, if anyone  
>> has experience with that.
>> 
>> Bob MacDonnell
>> Niantic
>> 
>> Quoting Jo-Anne Roberts <jmrcnslt at hotmail.com>:
>> 
>>> I gave some of my suet mix to my father for father's day last year   
>>> along with a new suet feeder. His WP didn't really care for the   
>>> suet. We both melt down suet and add to it, so I guess it's what   
>>> they get used to.
>>> I also buy suet (3#) at my local S&S (cheapest price around). I chop  
>>> it up and melt it down in large stock pot, add peanut butter (about  
>>> 2 cups) (they like the chunky, in my opinion), flour (3 cups) and   
>>> cornmeal (2#). Pour into an old tupperware container lined with   
>>> foil. Let it harden and then cut for my feeders. This time of year I  
>>> can get away with melting down 3# a week, during the summer it's   
>>> usually 6# a week with fledglings galore.
>>> I've been using this recipe for years and they seem to like it. If I  
>>> think of it, if I have any dried fruit/nuts past its prime, I   
>>> include that too.
>>> Jo-AnneMansfield Center
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:25:21 -0800
>>>> From: jbudrow at sbcglobal.net
>>>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org; olsenj at stlukesct.org
>>>> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Suet
>>>> 
>>>> The only store that I know of selling suet is Stop and Shop. I buy   
>>>> three or four packages when I can as they often are out. I freezes   
>>>> the suet until needed. In a pich I use the commercial stuff. My   
>>>> birds eat all of it and hammer away all day every day.
>>>> 
>>>> Perhaps the suet flavor you use is turning them off.
>>>> 
>>>> Speaking of bird chow...I see Lowe's has a chili-infused   
>>>> pellet-like food for birds. I assume to deters squirrels. Has   
>>>> anyone tried chill flavored bird food?
>>>> 
>>>> --- On Tue, 2/12/13, Jane Olsen <olsenj at stlukesct.org> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> From: Jane Olsen <olsenj at stlukesct.org>
>>>> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Suet
>>>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>>>> Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 11:00 AM
>>>> 
>>>> They like junk food, just like people!
>>>> 
>>>> Message: 13
>>>> Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:51:40 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
>>>> From: zellene <zellene at earthlink.net>
>>>> To: ct bird list <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
>>>> Subject: [CT Birds] suet
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>>>> My suet feeders are sometimes lost in the woods, but due to bears, not
>>>> hawks.
>>>> 
>>>> I had been using commercial suet and the birds like it. I got hold of some
>>>> real, organic beef suet and put it out...they won't touch it and go for
>>>> suet feeder with the Ocean State stuff. Why?
>>>> 
>>>> Zellene
>>>> 
>>>> 
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>>>> 
>>>> Jane Nicklin Olsen
>>>> Fifth Grade Teacher
>>>> St. Luke's School
>>>> New Canaan, CT 06840
>>>> email: olsenj at stlukesct.org
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