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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Hummingbird nectar can be easily made at home saving you time and money.  Another way to save is to check out our hummingbird feeders!


Mix four parts water to one part white sugar, boil for one to two minutes.

Then just let it cool before refilling the feeder. 

  • Remember to keep your feeder clean. 
  • Do not use honey; it promotes the growth of harmful bacteria. 
  • Do not use artificial sweeteners; they have no nutritional value.
  • Avoid red food coloring.

 

 

Suet Recipes

Wild birds seem to prefer home made suet to store bought.  Save the forms your store bought suet came in for your home made suet.  You can also use pie pans, shallow square pans or cupcake papers as forms.  Then just cut it fit your suet feeder.  Store the extras in the freezer. 

·         Remember to keep your bird feeders clean by using a bleach solution every so often. When you clean your feeders, make sure they are completely dry before putting back out and filling with suet.

Here are a few different recipes to try.  

 

Sharon Smith's Sure-fire Suet Mix

This is SOOOOOO easy to make, and my birds love it...from woodpeckers to chickadees to thrashers to sparrows.

 
    1 part peanut butter (I use crunchy)
    1 part shortening
    1 part flour
    3 parts cornmeal
    1 part cracked corn

 I also add black oil sunflower seeds and/or mixed seed

 

Melt together 2 cups chunky peanut butter and 2 cups of lard.
Add 4 cups oatmeal, 4 cups cornmeal, 1/3 cup flour, and 1 Tablespoon sugar. Mix everything together.
Place in forms. Freeze. It’s that easy. Pull out of freezer when ready to use.
This recipe makes about 6-7 forms worth of suet.

 

 

Melt 1 cup lard and 1 cup peanut butter together.  Stir until blended.  In a large bowl, mix 1 cup yellow cornmeal and 1 cup sugar. Then, pour in the melted lard and peanut butter.  Next, start adding 3 cups of oatmeal a little at a time until it is too stiff to stir. The "suet" should be thick. Add extra oats if it is not thick enough.  Pour the mixture into your forms, cool in refrigerator or freezer. Cut into the proper shape for your feeder.

 

 

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup shelled peanuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 cup cracked corn
Mix all together. Feel free to add in a little bit of bird seed as an added bonus!

 

Bluebird Suet Receipe

Melt 1 cup lard and 1 cup peanut butter together. 

Stir in 1 cup sugar, then 1 cup cornmeal, then 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal. 

The mixture should be thick. You can add more cornmeal or oatmeal if needed. 

Press into greased pans or molds, and cool.

What Bird, What Food, What Feeder

Bird Food Feeder
Blackbirds Cracked Corn,  Suet, Millet, Nut Meats Platform Feeder
Bluebirds Suet, Mealworms, Berries, Raisins, Currants, Nut Meal Suet Feeder
Buntings Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Fruits, Suet, Thistle/Nyjer Seeds, Millet, Peanut Kernels Hopper, Platform or Suet Feeder
Cardinals Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Fruits, Melon Seeds, Suet, Millet, Safflower Seeds, Peanut Kernels, Mealworms Hopper or Platform Feeder
Catbirds Nut Meats, Suet, Orange halves, Currants, Soaked Raisins, Mealworms Platform or Suet Feeder
Chickadees Peanut Kernels, Peanut Butter, Black Oil and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Mealworms, Melon Seeds Suet or Tube Feeder
Cowbirds Millet Platform Feeder
Creepers Suet, Sunflower Seeds, Nuts, Cracked Corn Suet/Peanut Feeder
Crows Suet, Peanuts Suet/Peanut Feeder
Doves Millet, Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds,  Nuts, Cracked Corn, Thistle/Nyjer Seed, Safflower, Canary Seed Platform Feeder
Finches Thistle/Nyjer Seed, Black Oil and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Millet, Melon Seeds, Fruits, Suet, Peanut Butter, Peanut Kernes, Canary Seed Platform Feeder
Flycatchers Meal Worms Platform Feeder
Goldfinches Thistle/Nyjer Seed, Sunflower Seeds, Millet, Melon Seeds, Fruits, Suet, Peanut Kernerls Tube Feeder
Grackles Millet, Milo Platform Feeder
Grosbeaks Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Fruits, Suet, Millet, Safflower, Peanut Kernels Hopper, Platform or Tube Feeder
Hummingbirds Nectar, Small Insects Nectar Feeder
Jays Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Safflower Seeds,  In-shell Peanuts, Melon Seeds Hopper or Platform Feeder
Juncos Thistle/Nyjer Seed, Millet, Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanut Kernels, Nut Meats Platform Feeder
Kinglets Suet Suet Feeder
Magpies Suet, Peanuts Suet/Peanut Feeder
Mockingbirds Halved Fruit, Suet, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nut Meats, Mealworms Platform or Suet Feeder
Nuthatches Suet, Peanut Butter, Black Oil and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nuts, Cracked Corn, Mealworms, Melon Seeds Suet or Tube Feeder
Orioles Orange Halves, Sugar Water, Fruit Pieces, Jelly, Suet Nectar Feeder
Pheasant Cracked Corn, Millet, Berries Platform Feeder
Phoebes Mealworms Platform or Suet Feeder
Pigeons Millet, Sunflower,  Nuts, Cracked Corn, Thistle/Nyjer Seed, Peanut Kernels Platform Feeder
Pine Siskins Thistle/Nyjer Seed, Sunflower Seeds, Millet, Fruits, Suet, Peanuts Tube Feeder
Quail Cracked Corn, Millet, Berries Platform Feeder
Road Runners Meat Scraps, Suet Platform Feeder
Robins Suet, Mealworms, Berries, Raisins, Currants, Nut Meal Platform or Suet Feeder
Sparrows Millet, Safflower, Peanut Butter, Peanut Kernels, Suet, Canary Seed, Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn Platform Feeder
Starlings Cracked Corn,  Suet, Millet, Nut Meats Platform or Suet Feeder
Tanagers Suet, Orange Halves, Fruit, Meal Worms Platform or Suet Feeder
Thrashers Halved Fruit, Suet, Sunflower Seeds, Nuts Platform or Suet Feeder
Thrushes Suet, Mealworms, Berries, Raisins, Currants, Nut Meal Suet Feeder
Titmice Peanut Butter, Peanut Kernels, Black Oiled and Striped Sunflower Seeds, Millet, Safflower, Suet, Mealworms, Melon Seeds Tube or Platform Feeder
Towhees Millet, Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanut Kernels, Nut Meats Platform Feeder
Warblers Suet, Peanut Butter, Fruit, Orange Halves, Nut Pieces Platform or Suet Feeder
Waxwings Berries, Raisins, Sliced Apples, Canned Peas, Currents Platform Feeder
Woodpeckers Suet, Fruit, Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, In-shell Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Mealworms Hopper, Suet or Tube Feeder
Wrens Suet, Peanut Butter, Apples, Mealworms Suet Feeder