You bake buttery biscuits for your family, homemade pies for your neighbors, and chocolately treats for your friends, and now it's time to show some of that foodie love to your flock with these homemade suet cakes.
Suet cakes are the simple treat you can whip up in your kitchen for your backyard chickens. Made from lard or meat drippings, dried fruit, and whole grains, these can be made in no time thanks to from Jill Winger of .
Blogger Jill whips up a batch of these for her birds as a special treat during the winter months, though you can give 'em to your chickens any time of the year. "My version uses tallow and is an excellent way to offer your flock a bit of extra fat and energy, especially during the winter months," she wrote.
You can customize your version depending on what you have in your pantry and fridge at the time. Plus, you can make a big batch and then freeze them for treats whenever you think your birds need them.
You can also mix in corn, peanuts, dry peas, lentils, and other healthy add-ons, according to Maat van Uitert of and author of . She creates hers in muffin tins, which make them easy to form and serve. One thing to keep in mind as you make these snacks—both Jill and Maat remind chicken keepers that these should be served as treats—not the base of a healthy diet.
Get the recipe at , and check out these DIY backyard coops for more chicken keeping ideas.