About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How to use suet for birds

The fastest way to get woodpeckers to find a new suet feeder is put it in a place they are already looking for food. Woodpeckers cling to tree trunks in search of insects. A good place to locate suet feeders is at eye level and in close proximity to a tree.

Suet is one of the top three foods to feed wild birds because of their high metabolic rates. It is not unusual for birds to consume 1/4 to 1/3 their body weight worth of food a day! Offering suet cakes provides a high caloric energy source. Before long, you'll see a steady stream of chickadees, woodpeckers, warblers, titmice, kinglets, nuthatches, jays, wrens, and other birds visiting your suet feeders eagerly.

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. It does not contain any filler ingredients (no milo, no wheat, no millet or artificial flavors or colors)! I use it year-round. The squirrels don’t seem to bother mine but if they did I would switch to the straight beef suet cake or the hot pepper cake. Most mammals will leave those two cakes alone.

Related Articles:
- What birds eat suet? http://bit.ly/q2Sfje
- Can I make my own suet? http://bit.ly/rsc1JT
- 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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