Sometimes you need to do things the hard way and sometime you can do things the easy way..
While I guess that it would be easier to buy these (haha) trust me.. it would take me more time to go to town and never mind the cost savings. At my local Store’s, a single cake will cost you 1.99 Canadian at regular price, they do often go on sale or you can buy a pack of 3 at 4.99
However as the lard is from my boar, which means to me its totally free, as I would not be using that lard for house use, that is what my lovely female lard is for 🙂 and it cost me about 25 cents worth of scratch and 40 cents worth of BOSS (black Sunflower seeds) if I had not grown my own seed.
It took me a few min to measure 3/4th scratch grain, a mix of wheat, oats, barley and corn to 1/4th Boss, to which I added two pounds of just melted fat. Pushed it into pans and into the fridge they went. Can also use freezer if you want and after chilled up. I just cut them up into blocks, each block will go into a hanger or dish to help my fowl get though the very cold weather we are having at the moment.
I made eight of them for around a dollar and for 3 to 5 min worth of work time.. and I know that my birds will thank me..
Farm Gal Tip of the day- If you are new to homesteading and you are in cold climates, you need to learn what is the engine for your chosen critter. For my horse’s in the cold part of winter, I want them to stuff their faces with as much hay as possible as the hay is what keeps them warm but with my rabbits, I want to add a heaping spoon of BOSS per rabbit to give them that extra booster of fat from the sunflowers.