Here's a terrific bird suet recipe I found in an issue of Birds and Blooms magazine. Sadly, I can't remember what issue it was, and I didn't write it down. But the birds absolutely LOVE it! It's relatively inexpensive, as it calls for ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Suet is messy when the weather gets hot, but it's still pretty darn cold here in Wisconsin. I woke up to a balmy 31 degrees this morning. Ick. One should not have to scrape car windows in April!
2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup solid shortening
1 cup peanut butter
Melt the shortening, then add the peanut butter and stir until blended. Pour the shortening-peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well. Pat it into a 9x13 pan lined with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a few hours until hardened. Lift it out with the plastic wrap and slice to fit in your suet feeders. Store in refrigerator.
The mesh bags you get onions in make good suet feeders. Watch them closely, as there have been a very few cases in which birds get their feet caught up in them. I've never had any problems, but I can see how it could happen.
Talk to you soon,