Bird Food Recipe: Woodpecker Pudding

Bird Food Recipe: Woodpecker Pudding

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How to Make a Suet-Based Treat for Your Backyard Birds

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Calling all birdwatching enthusiasts and nature lovers! Dive into the vibrant world of backyard birds with our Woodpecker Pudding recipe. 

Woodpeckers, known for their distinctive markings and energetic drumming, love this suet-based treat. Made from simple pantry ingredients, this homemade treat attracts woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and other insect-loving birds to your garden. Enhance your birdwatching experience by providing these delightful creatures with a nutritious snack tailored to their needs. 

This recipe is for the birds! It promises the perfect blend of ingredients, ensuring your feathered friends keep coming back for more!

How to Make Woodpecker Pudding

  • 8 pounds suet
  • 2 pounds peanut butter
  • 8-ounce bottle corn syrup
  • 2 pounds rolled oats


  1. Melt the suet in a canning kettle or other large container, pouring the melted fat into another kettle as it cooks down. While the fat is still hot, add the peanut butter, corn syrup, and oats, stirring constantly until the mixture is well blended. 
  2. Put the pudding into old soup cans to cool and harden, and store in a cool place. 
  3. To use, warm the can until the pudding is soft enough to handle. 
  4. Drill a number of 1 1/2 inch holes in a 4-inch diameter birch log (leave the bark intact to provide good toeholds for the birds), spread the pudding into the holes, and hang the log outdoors where it is accessible to the birds.

Read more about the best winter foods for birds.

Have you tried Woodpecker Pudding Bird Food? Tell us what your backyard birds think of this special avian treat below!

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Jennifer Keating

Jennifer is the Associate Digital Editor at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. She is an active equestrian and spends much of her free time at the barn. When she’s not riding, she loves caring for her collection of house plants, baking, and playing in her gardens. Read More from Jennifer Keating

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