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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The best suet to attract the most birds for the #GBBC weekend

Do you have any suet the squirrels won't attack? I love the woodpeckers! ~ Mason, MI

I enjoy the woodpeckers too and have a couple suggestions. First we have baffles to stop squirrels from reaching your feeders. Second, I would change your suet. One reason squirrels would go for your suet would be if there was corn or other seeds mixed into the suet that they want to eat. Sometimes cheap suets are filled with corn, milo or other filler seeds to take up space which forces the birds to pick around to find what they want.

When you come into Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing, MI you can choose from a variety of high quality seed and suet cakes that will attract a wide number of different bug eating birds like woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and wrens.

What is suet?
Our Suet is made with only the highest quality processed beef kidney fat. It is the most concentrated source of energy you can offer wild birds. In spring, it meets the increased energy demands of nesting birds. In the summer months, it provides a good substitute for insect-eating birds, especially in years when insects are not very plentiful. In fall, suet helps wild birds store fat to prepare for migration. And of course, in winter, suet replenishes depleted stores of energy and nutrients, to help birds survive the long, cold months.

Is there really a difference in suet cakes?
Not all suets are created equal. When you are choosing your breakfast cereal, you might choose a less healthy, colorful, sugar loop and pay the price later with less energy and a blah afternoon. But birds must always be on alert and in top form, especially during times of stress like nesting season or long winters. You should always read the nutritional labels and strive to provide wild birds with food that is healthy and has the proper nutrition.

How do I read suet labels?
The first ingredient should always be rendered beef suet. Some people feed straight suet only. If you want to offer more protein the next ingredient should usually be peanuts or tree nuts. Never, never buy suet where milo, oats, wheat, processed grain by-products or artificial flavorings or colorings are in the ingredients. These filler ingredients are used to make a cheaper cake but the birds will toss it to the ground.

The Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing store’s best seller is the peanut butter suet cake, which has only three ingredients: rendered beef fat, chopped peanuts and peanut butter. Again, no milo, no wheat, and no millet - no filler ingredients! This is my favorite suet cake too (for my birds, I mean). To repel squirrels and other mammals you can also use the straight beef suet cake or the hot pepper cake. Most mammals will leave those two cakes alone.

At Wild Birds Unlimited we are dedicated to the promotion of responsible feeding. Anything we sell in the East Lansing, Michigan store is good for the birds; no fillers, no by products, just top-quality food. I encourage you to take a suet challenge. Try our #1 selling quality Peanut Butter suet and see if your birds are happier.

I am shocked! I just read the label from the suet I bought at the supermarket: Corn, Oats, Rendered Beef Suet, Roasted Peanuts, Soy Oil, Milk, Artificial Cherry Flavoring, Blueberries, Red 40, and Blue 1 coloring. Thanks for your quick response and good suggestions. I'll come in soon.

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- Filling Up on Fatty Foods: http://bit.ly/ob0NIq 
- Can I feed suet year-round? http://bit.ly/I4Ow8l

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