DIY Vegan Suet Bird Feeder

 

Years ago, back when I was first vegan, I went to buy some suet feeders as we had a cold snap coming. As I grabbed them off the shelf at the bird store, I suddenly realized that they were made from animal productssuet is made from rendered animal fat. Birds do eat insects and worms and have been known to eat bits of frozen animal carcasses, but I really couldn’t bring myself to buy a feeder made from fat rendered from farmed animals. I asked the shop if they had any that did not contain animal suet, but they had never considered it and didn’t stock any. In fact, I still have never seen any in wild bird supply shops!

So I decided to see if I could make a vegan version. And lo and behold, I found recipes online! It is really simple and is a great project for kids!

I recently found another Make Your Own Suet recipe from the Audubon Society that came from the Misfit Baker (this site apparently doesn’t exist anymore, so I cannot link to it). I like this version as it includes some additional grains in it so there isn’t big areas of pure vegetable fat between the larger seeds.

What You Need

Vegan Suet Feeder Supplies

 

Exact amounts of ingredients are in the Audubon Society’s blog post.

 

Steps

Mix the bird seed, oats, and cornmeal into a large bowl.

Melt together the shortening or oil with the nut butter. Pour the melted liquid into the dry ingredients and stir well.

Pouring melted oil and nut butter into seeds and grains

Spoon the mixture into your molds and smooth the top.

 

Smoothing down the top

 

The tofu trays make suet cakes in the perfect size, but if you don’t have them, you can just pack the feeder with cubes.

Using an ice cube tray to mold suet block cubes

 

The birds and squirrels love these. As long as it’s cold outside, less than 50 degrees, the vegetable suet stays solid.

 

Chickadees enjoying vegan suet

He thinks we can’t see him….

The squirrels are so entertaining to watch on the suet feeder!

I make a bunch at once and keep them in the freezer to have all winter. The squirrels make fast work of the suet, so if you have squirrels, be prepared to replace often or use a squirrel-proof feeder. We don’t mind feeding the squirrels as well as the birds.

Besides being vegan, this can be a zero waste project as well. My local hardware store, Grange Supply, sells wild bird seed in bulk, which is awesome! Or you can sometimes find wild bird seed in paper sacks at feed stores. Coconut oil comes in glass jars, but I’ve not found vegetable shortening come that way, only in plastic. And I love having something I can do to reuse those pesky plastic tofu containers!

Have you tried making vegan suet feeders? What was your experience?

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4 Comments

  1. Kiki on May 6, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Love the vegan suet recipe – thank you! Feeding the black cap chickadees beef just seemed…I mean, I’ve seen The Birds.

    • Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching on May 6, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Wonderful! I know, I just couldn’t use beef suet but I wanted to support the birds. I’m glad it is working for you!

    • Lorraine on June 13, 2020 at 4:42 am

      Finally to find a recipe that is vegetarian I love it. Could you tell me what you do when the temperature gets over 50° is during our summers I can get up to 80 or 90 here in New York.

      • Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching on June 13, 2020 at 6:15 am

        Hi Lorraine. Unfortunately plant-based suet-replacements tend to melt at warmer temps. Not only do they melt, but they can go rancid and spoil. Suet and vegan-suets are high calorie, meant to help birds during winter when food is scarce. The cold temps keep plant-based suet firm and reduces risk of rancidity or spoilage. There’s high food supply in the other three seasons, so regular bird seed is great to use then. Just use the vegan suet during winter and loose seed the other seasons.

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