During the cold Winter months peanut butter is a nutritious food for wild birds. Crunchy peanut butter is best, as it is less likely to stick to a birds’ mouth, but smooth peanut can be used as well, just add sand or cornmeal to make the texture grittier. Peanut butter is best used when making homemade suet cakes for use in the Winter as to lessen the chances of the peanut butter going rancid from the heat.
Peanuts are packed with protein as well as high in calories, making it a high energy treat that is perfect during the cold Winter months. Birds need more energy during the Winter to help them keep warm and to help them forage for water and food.