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Deer Tallow as Bird Food
« on: December 08, 2008, 08:50:53 AM »
Hi All-

Having successfully harvested a deer this season, I experimented with using tallow as a food source for birds in place of suet blocks. Tallow is a very hard waxy fat found under the skin and within the body cavity of the deer. It used to be used to make candles, though not as good a quality of candle as beeswax.

Anyway, I placed a few pieces in my suet feeder. Although ignored the first few days I now a have a host of Downy Woodpeckers, White-Breasted Nuthatches and one very aggressive Red-Bellied Woodpecker regularly feeding off of it. Another resource from my harvest put to good use, otherwise the tallow would be discarded.

Dave Snyder
Cedar Grove, NC

PS- Most awesome sight while deer hunting this year- watching a male Wild Turkey for more than an hour as it sunned and preened itself on a log.