Suet Feeders for Backyard Birds

suet feeders

I’m trying to attract different birds to my backyard, so I decided to put up a suet feeder.  What is a suet feeder you ask?  Simply put, it’s fat mixed with corn, fruit, peppers peanuts or  dehydrated insects.  It comes in a brick or log form.  The bricks fit into a small cage.  I purchased mine from Tractor Supply for $2.00 and $.99 for the suet.  I wouldn’t recommend using the suet in the warmer months as they have a tendency to melt unless the package states No Melt.  This method is cheaper than bird seed if you don’t want to invest a lot of money in helping nature feed our feathered friends. 

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.  They love black oil sunflower seeds. 

I really want to attract Orioles.  I tried using oranges this spring, but no luck.  Mockingbirds like suet too.  I know there’s one in the area.  I’ve heard his mating call in the wee hours of the morning in my neighbor’s yard.  I hope he’s found a mate, hehe.  I need to get my sleep. 

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I did have a visitor at the suet feeder today, a Carolina Wren.  I have also seen a Tufted Titmouse (bottom  picture) eating from the suet feeder too.  The Titmouse seems to prefer the seeds, but the wren is going for the suet.  Isn’t the cardinal, my state bird, beautiful.  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.     

What backyard birds visit you?  Do you feed them?  If so, what method do you?