Most folks tell you that you need to use Tallow (Beef) lard in regards to making a homemade bird feed seed cakes. I wanted to share that it is very possible to use lard (pork). I will admit that I am using pasture based no corn/no soy locally processed self rendered by myself.
Having said that if you can find rendered Tallow or Lard at your local butcher, I see no reason why this would not work just as well. I think in a total pinch, you could use lard from the store as well.
I have Tallow and Lard cakes out in the yard at the same time, and I am needing to make and replace the lard one faster then the tallow. I will admit to being a touch surprised by this fact.
This recipe is a great blend of 2 cups of sunflower seeds and 2 cups of mixed small bird seed with two cups of my home rendered lard. Mix together and place it in a tub or pan to chill, then cut and place in the feeder.
This recipe makes 2 blocks. My suit feeder is a double feeder, one block on each side and my big sunflower feeder as seen above also needs two blocks, one on each end. If you only use one block at a time, you can still make this recipe. Just put the second block into a tub or bag and pop it into the freezer until you need it. Bring it back to room temp and then put it out into your feeder.
If you buy a store feeder block, just wash it up and keep it as your mold to make your homemade ones in.