Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy

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During the summer, we fill the bird feeders with seeds, but in the winter, birds need something that gives them extra energy to stay warm in the cold weather. That’s where these wild bird treats for winter energy come in handy. My husband and I love feeding the birds and watching them through the kitchen window. One of the benefits of living in the country is that we have a lot of birds and wildlife to enjoy.

Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy

Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy

As winter gets closer, you should change the way you feed wild birds by adding more foods that give them energy. A few things to consider adding are high fat and high-calorie foods like suet, peanuts, and black oil sunflower seeds.

You can make these wild bird treats for winter energy and place them in an old suet mold. I used large silicone muffin cups since I didn’t have a mold from last year and it worked perfectly.

Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy

Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy
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  • Suet - about 20 ounces makes several hanging treats
  • 1/2 cup black oil sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • Mold to hold the suet mixture.
  • String, yarn or twine to hang it with


  1. Melt the suet in a small saucepan.
  2. Add in the sunflower seeds and the cranberries.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add a string to the mold make a loop.
  5. Pour the mixture into the mold.
  6. Refrigerator overnight to harden.
  7. Hang in a tree for the birds.

This is an easy how to that will draw more birds to your yard. If you enjoy birdwatching, you’ll enjoy:


Easy How To: Wild Bird Treats for Winter Energy

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  1. I have never seen cranberries in birdfeeders! What a great idea.
  2. Amy Desrosiers says
    These are aectually so pretty too! My mom has so many gorgeous birds in her yard and loves to watch them eat from her suets too. 
  3. These look easy to make. I like the way the cranberries give them a cute pop of color. 
  4. I love this project but somewhat embarrassed about asking where to get the suet. I should know this but can you buy it at the grocery store? I'm a city girl now but grew up in the country, so I really should know better. I do have the silicon muffin cups and would love to make these!
    • Ellen Christian says
      Hi Deb - Nothing to be embarrassed about. I buy it in our meat department. It would probably be in where you could buy soup bones? Just right along in the beef section somewhere. If you don't see it, asking someone who works in that department should work.
  5. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
    We don't tend to see many birds around here in the winter. It might be nice if we did, but it would also make the dog go nuts. And Deb, nothing to feel embarrassed about, I wouldn't have known where to buy it either.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I would definitely miss the birds if we didn't have them. Thankfully, our cats are inside so they can't get to them.
  6. I think this is a great idea. We don't exactly have cold weather here in Miami, but our birds wold love something like this just the same. 

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