Homemade Suet Block Recipe

This suet block recipe provides energy for keeping your chickens war in winter.

| December 2013

  • Fresh Eggs Daily is author Lisa Steeles guide to raising healthy chickens naturally, which includes feeding them a diet of herbs, flowers, and greens.
    Cover Courtesy St. Lynn's Press
  • Providing protein and special sweets, this Homemade Suet Block Recipe is a natural way to keep your chickens warm throughout the winter months.
    Photo By Fotolia/TTstudio

Learn to treat your flock to a diet rich in a variety of herbs, greens, and flowers with Fresh Eggs Daily (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013). Lisa Steele offers dozens of simple and intelligent tips for “going natural” that help you avoid common ailments that plague many backyard flocks. This excerpt from “In the Winter” offers a homemade suet block recipe that provides great protein for your chickens.

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: Fresh Eggs Daily.

More Fresh Eggs Daily:

Properly Caring for Chickens in Winter
What to Feed Chickens in Winter    
DIY Chicken Scratch Wreath
Things to Know Before Building a Backyard Chicken Coop
Green Choices for Chicken Coop Bedding
Easy Green Tips for Refreshing and Cleaning a Chicken Coop

Keeping Chickens Warm in Winter

You can make suet blocks for your chickens. Of course you can buy commercial suet blocks, but I prefer to make my own. That way, I know exactly what is going into them, and it’s a great way to use the grease that would otherwise just be thrown away. The blocks are easy and very inexpensive to make if you save grease any time you cook burgers, bacon or other meats throughout the year. The added fat will help keep your chickens warm in the winter. It provides nearly twice the sustained energy of carbs and also slows the rate of food digestion, thereby increasing the absorption of the nutrients in the feed your flock eats. While I normally limit the amount of fat or grease I give to the chickens, I do save all our hamburger grease in the freezer until the winter so I can make some suet blocks for them.

Choosing to keep the process simple, I don’t render the fat or otherwise make it stable for long-term or room temperature storage, so the suet should be kept in the freezer until ready to use and then only fed in portions that your chickens will eat fairly quickly.

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