Using Suet Feeders for Backyard Birds

suet feeders

Food sources for backyard birds become scarce during the winter.  So, I decided to put up a couple of suet feeders.  What is a suet you ask?  Simply put, it’s fat mixed with corn, fruit, peppers peanuts or  dehydrated insects.  Furthermore, it comes in a brick or log form.  The bricks fit into a cage suet feeders as shown below.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds before you leave.
Also, you can use the suet cakes year round.  They’re not just for winter feeding, that just happens to be the time of year I use them.  If you’re going to use suet feeders in warmer months, I recommend using the No Melt Suet.  Check the package to ensure you have the No Melt before you leave the store.   It’s easy to get the packages mixed up.  Also, using the suet feeders are cheaper than buying bird seed.  As a result, if you don’t want to invest a lot of money in bird seed, a suet feeder is the way to go.

Furthermore, I’ve discovered that some birds prefer suet rather than seed.  Suet is important to birds, especially during the colder months.  It helps to keep them warm.  Mostly insect lovers like Mockingbirds, Orioles, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and Chickadees flock to suet feeders.  I have been able to get my Woodpeckers and Chickadees to eat from my platform feeder too.  They love black oil sunflower seeds.

As a matter of fact, I really hoped to attract Orioles this past spring.  I tried using oranges this spring, but no luck.  I did manage to attract a Mockingbird and Catbirds.  Unfortunately, I’ve heard his mating call in the wee hours of the morning in my neighbor’s yard.  Hopefully,  he will find a mate soon.   I need to get my sleep.


suet feeders


I did have a visitor at the suet feeder today, a Carolina Wren.  My state bird, the Cardinal, is nibbling on Black Oil Sunflower seeds.  Isn’t the cardinal beautiful.  Also, the Tufted Titmouse (bottom  picture) was eating from the suet feeder too.   However, they  seems to prefer the seeds in the platform feeder.   But, the wren in the second photo is going for the suet.  So, I’m hoping as the weather gets colder, more of the birds will eat the suet.

It’s cheaper, and the suet cakes last longer.  That’s if the squirrels, Starlings or Grackles don’t find the suet cages.  They can devour a cake or two in a day.  As a result, I purchased this bottom suet feeder to try to deter them.  So far it’s working.  I can put 3 of the suet cakes in the feeder.  The woodpeckers love it.  I have both Red-Bellied and Downy Woodpeckers that visit.


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What backyard birds visit you?  Do you feed them?  If so, what methods do you use to attract them?