Bird Food Recipe: Junco Cornbread

October 1, 2009
Black-capped Chickadee

Birds at my feeders.

Claudia Dobson

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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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!