Some options commonly found in the kitchen that can also be used as homemade squirrel food include peanut butter, seeds, nuts, oatmeal and suet. These ingredients can be mixed together into a cake of sorts and put outside for the squirrels to eat. Squirrels also eat dried corn cobs and birdseed.
Squirrels are known for getting into and eating all of the seed from bird feeders, but making a homemade squirrel cake can give them their own snack.
- Gather the ingredients
- Combine the ingredients
- Create the cake
Decide what to use in the squirrel cake and get everything ready. If mixing up a raw cake, birdseed and oatmeal provide some texture, while peanut butter and suet hold everything together. Cakes that are going to be baked can include flour, protein powder and eggs.
Mix all of the ingredients together until a workable dough is formed. If using nuts or large seeds, make sure to chop everything into smaller pieces so that the mixture is fairly uniform.
Raw cakes can be pressed into a square mold and left to dry for 24 hours or at least overnight. Cakes that need to be baked go in the oven at the lowest possible temperatures, around 200 degrees Fahrenheit, until the block is dried, about 90 minutes.
Once it's made, the cake can be put outside in a squirrel feeder or just placed on a stump or branch. If desired, cut the cake into smaller pieces to make it easier for the squirrels to take and hide away for the winter.