About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Best suet for woodpeckers

We have one cute little customer that comes in regularly with Grandma and asks for “cupcakes” for her birds and other older customers that ask for “sliders” or “suey” cakes. Suet (so͞o′ĭt) is animal fat that birds eat. When you offer suet cakes you are giving wild birds food with the most concentrated source of energy.

Wild Birds Unlimited Suet is made with only the highest quality processed beef kidney fat. Special processes remove impurities that cause low melting points and spoilage problems. It attracts insect-eating birds such as woodpeckers, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and more.

You may think of suet as only a food to feed the birds in the winter months. But today rendered beef suet cakes meet the increased energy demands of nesting birds in the spring. And in the summer it provides high fat, high protein substitute for insect-eating birds, especially in years when insects are not very plentiful. In fall, suet helps wild birds change feathers and store fat to prepare for migration or the coming winter. And of course, in winter, suet replenishes depleted stores of energy and nutrients, to help birds survive the long, cold months.

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. There are no filler ingredients that take up space. 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. 

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- How do I Attract Woodpeckers? http://bit.ly/o4CLqI
- Filling Up on Fatty Foods: http://bit.ly/ob0NIq
- Can I feed suet year-round? http://bit.ly/I4Ow8l

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