Homemade for the Birds

Exodus 29:

 11And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
12And thou shalt take of the blood of the bullock, and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger, and pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar.

13And thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and burn them upon the altar.
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I recently tried a new recipe for the birds. 

Melt together:
2 cups peanut butter
1 pound lard  (suet is a better fat, so use that if you can get it)
Add:
4 cups duck or UNMEDICATED chicken feed Please keep the antibiotics out of the wild birds
3 cups quick oats
2 cup yellow cornmeal and
1 cup flour

I press these into storage containers about an inch or two thick to use for the plug and suet feeders.

Sometimes birds do not like change.  I don’t know why, other than they are just like people.   I was hesitant to set it out by itself, wondering if our Woodpeckers would leave.  We had only a small amount of our last homemade mix.  I set this on top of the new stuff.  The “suet” disappeared by 10am.  (We recently learned Mr.  Red-bellied really, really liked it and would fly off with large chunks. So that’s who the culprit was. We thought Starlings)  Mr. Red-bellied took that last piece.

Sadly, this left only the new stuff for Miss Downy and the poor girl was confused.  She looked and looked for her favourite food, turning her nose up at the new.  She came back in the afternoon; same thing happened.  :( She’s been known to eat off the suet block nailed to the tree, so hopefully she’ll stay around.

Mr. Red-bellied is not a picky guy, we learned.  After the chunk was stored, he came back and discovered the new food.  Yup, he likes it.

Look who else likes it. Click on the picture for a better look-see.

It was the craziest thing. Not that the Juncos were eating it, but one right after the other just kept coming. A funny trait of Juncos is they appear to have spacial issues. They seem not to like having other birds, especially their own species, too close. They rush at each other often. So just as one lands, another takes off barely getting a bite. Some Juncos than began eating as fast as they could before another of their kind came.

Oh, I need not tell you the House Sparrows like it. They’ll eat about anything.

About today’s verse: When I was telling Papa what suet really is (The fat around a cow’s kidneys), he reminded me that this is one of the things to be burned on the altar.

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  1. Eclectic Rhapsody

    It’s good that the birds are enjoying suet and the mix. And very interesting fact that “Papa” brought up. I never knew that before. :)