Wild birds are engaged in many energy taxing activities throughout the year:
1. Many birds migrate twice per year which takes an astounding amount of energy to complete.
2. And those species which stay behind must deal with finding food all day and freezing temperatures during the night.
3. In the spring in order to perpetuate their species they must stake out a territory and then defend it.
4. A mate must be found who they deem suitable for the job. They undertake tasks like special dances and feeding ones potential partner.
5. Right away after the nuptials have been completed, a nest is constructed sometimes taking a week or more of constant construction.
6. Then sitting on eggs through all kinds of weather.
7. When the babies are born and the hard labour of finding enough food for the growing family, continues until they leave the nest.
Many wild birds will indulge themselves from your suet bird feeders during these taxing life events giving them the extra boost they need and also feed
it to their young
2. List of Suet Feeder Styles
Simple flat box shaped, wire suet cage with a plastic coating is
very common and inexpensive like the ones in the pictures on this page. They hold a suet cake sold in many wild
bird stores. Some are double size to hold two cakes.
Suet can be worked into the holes of a feeder log. (A chunk of log
not too thick, that has been drilled at intervals and hung up for the
wild birds; is natural looking and great fun.) See directions here.
Mesh bags also serve as good suet feeders.
Crumble suet onto a tray, table or platform feeder.
Beef fat alone can be used or mixed with other fats or peanut butter.
These bird foods are the glue for other ingredients that can be mixed
Please go to recipes for suet for a comprehensive list of foods that can be added to suet for tasty bird meals.
4. Positive Features of Feeding Suet to Our Feathered Friends
Suet bird feeders will attract birds that will not come to other types of feeders.
Suet bird food can be offered all year with proper preparation
techniques and by placing suet bird feeders in the shade during warm
weather. Summer suet can also be purchased at bird seed suppliers.
Bird suet does not have to be protected from the elements like seed.
5. What Problems Can Arise From Suet Feeding ?
Suet bird feeders must be washed and disinfected more often in warmer weather.
Suet can become rancid in warm weather. (See Suet Bird Food for solutions to this problem.)
Some people are concerned that birds can get their feet caught in
the mesh of onion bags when used as a suet feeder. This is not a common
occurrence and has rarely been reported. It should not prevent the use
of mesh bags for bird feeding.
Keeping suet out of the reach of certain animals or birds can take some effort.
or Blackbirds (Grackles) can be a particularly persistent, aggravating
problem for suet feeding. A group of these birds can clean a suet feeder
out very quickly. Put out a fresh supply of suet and
come back fifteen minutes later and it’s gone!
How to Stop Blackbirds & Starlings From Eating Suet Cakes Too Quickly?
Use pure suet with nothing mixed into it, as they tend not to like plain suet.
Use suet only mixed with nyjer, and or safflower seed. (Seeds they are not fond of.)
Stop offering suet for a period of time, such as two weeks, then try
again. Hopefully the unwanted visitors will have moved on.
Use an upside-down feeder specially adapted for holding suet. Only clinging birds are able to use this type
of feeder, such as Chickadees, Nuthatches and Woodpeckers.
6. User Opinions About Suet Holders
Anyone who begins using suet bird food for the first time, is always delighted
with the results. People who feed the birds suet rave at the wide variety and
number of wild birds that visit their suet bird feeders.
Many species of birds, especially insect eating species, will rarely come to a regular
seed feeder. But they will sit in the trees waiting their turn at a suet
7. List Of Birds Attracted To A Suet Holder
Suet will draw birds you will not see with any other type of feeder:
Share Your Bird Feeder Plans Please submit your ideas, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself “handy” or talented, but have come up with an interesting way to feed your feathered friends that works. If not, then enjoy what others have shared.
Woodpecker Feeder Plan 1 A great, simple to make suet feeder that doesn’t take woodworking skills or expensive woodworking tools to make it.
Feeder Plan 2 Many types of wild birds will use this Woodpecker Feeder, besides the Woodpeckers, such as Chickadees and Nuthatches. You can also purchase suet plugs to fill it or stuff it with your own filling. Have a look.