Bird Food Recipe: Junco Cornbread

October 1, 2009
Junco Bird with Berries

Try this bird food recipe—just place in mesh bags and hang outdoors!

  • 3 cups cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup fat (meaning drippings or lard)
  • 3 cups water

Mix all the ingredients together and bake in a deep pan at 375ºF for 30 to 35 minutes. Reduce heat if bread looks as if it is forming a hard crust. May be doubled or halved.

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The photo in this article is of a chickadee, not a junco. Junco's are all gray and very velvety looking. I love them!


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Good catch! We’ve replaced the photo.

Cornbread for Juncos;

I think the cornbread for Juncos is crumbled up and strew on ground or put in a birdfeeder; Juncos are ground feeders; a nice patio for cornbread + juncos work; esp. on a snowy day;

Junco Cornbread

None of us can afford to waste ingredients trying to re-create a recipe. What size of "deep pan" will work for the basic recipe? 10"x13"? 7"x9"? After baking, is the result something to be sliced into chunks? put into a suet feeder? Is the whole batch just dumped onto a platform? If I were inventing a recipe, I would have to absorb the loss when mistakes are made. I cannot afford to do that now. AND do I get an answer sent to my email or do I keep this date's issue in my email account and check for an answer once it's updated? Is it updated to relevant topics presented in this issue?

mesh bags

Be wary of using mesh bags if you have a dog. I lost a dog who ate the suet along with the entire bag. Emergency surgery did not save him.

Mesh bags

What do you use for mesh bags? I read that using net bags that some veggies come in is dangerous to birds.


Is it alright to use bacon grease for suet?

Question about lard

Can I use Crisco instead of Lard... I have several cans of Crisco and would love to use it up for the birds if its safe.. It's been in the fridge and it's still good but only for a few more months...Thanks, Jan

Crisco Shortening

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Yes, you can use vegetable shortening (such as Crisco) in place of lard!