What Is a Suet Bird Feeder

suet bird feedersIf you enjoy feeding and watching birds then you already know what a suet bird feeder is. Basicly it is a wire cage that holds the “suet” that birds feed on. There are lots of various designs but they all have the same function.

Suet feeders may be constructed of wire mesh or plastic-coated wire mesh, or be a simply mesh onion bag. They can be nailed or tied to a tree trunk, suspended, or affixed to the side of a hopper feeder.

This suet bird feeder review is more about what you like in a particular design rather than to much on the functionality.

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The Suet Bird Feeder

What Is Suet?
Suet is the hard fat around the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton. But for birding purposes, it is most any kind of beef fat which is called suet and is safe to feed birds.

Various seeds, corn meal, peanuts, fruits, or even dried insects are mixed in with the suet and formed into suet cakes.

The suet cakes are then placed inside the suet bird feeder itself, which is a wire cage designed to hold compacted cake. A variety of birds are attracted to suet, especially woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and jays.

You may also find other birds such as wrens, creepers, kinglets, and even cardinals and some warblers feeding at your suet bird feeder.

The suet mixture is a high-energy food and is great to feed your birds during the winter months. You can hang these feeders closer to your windows or patios so that you can enjoy hours of watching the birds feed and listening to them sing.

Because suet is a rendered fat it can become soft and a bit messy when trying to put it in the suet cage during hotter months. I suggest you keep your suet, unopened in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Placement of Your Suet Bird Feeder
You can place your suet feeder just about anywhere. They should be placed at about 5-feet off the ground for the best viewing of the birds that flock to it.

You can hang one on a hook on your patio, on a tree limb. Woodpeckers particularly like them attached to a tree trunk where it emulates their natural feeding patterns.

I keep a standard green wire suet bird feeder hanging on my patio and enjoy all the birds that flock to it. The birds love it too and the sound of singing birds will make you smile.


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