Suet

 

Date: February 8th, 2017

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With cold weather quickly approaching, your backyard visitor's nutritional needs are changing.

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Feeding Bird's Wild Suet

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Cold Weather Feeding with Suet and Seed Cakes

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Birds require high-energy food in order to prepare for migration and/or build up fat reserves for winter survival. Suet and seed cakes are the simple and convenient answer for both your sake and the wild birds.

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What is Suet?

  • Suet is made from fat (often rendered animal fat) and provides a high-protein, high-calorie food
  • Suet attracts cardinals, jays, chickadees, woodpeckers, titmice, warblers, kinglets, nuthatches, wrens, and many other birds
  • While this may not sound healthy, fat reserves play a critical role in avian diets and survival.

 

How are Suet and Seed Cakes More Beneficial than just Seed?

  • Seed cakes typically do not contain hulls or shells – only high-quality ingredients
  • As mentioned above, suet is typically higher in protein and calories
  • The dense concentration of nutrients and calories are exactly what birds need in colder weather

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Suet and Seed Cake Placement

Suet and seed cakes should be placed at least five feet off of the ground and near a tree trunk. Most birds that enjoy these foods are cling feeders; they cling to tree trunks in search of insects.

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  • Place suet/seed cake feeders near other feeders
  • Place suet/seed cakes in a cage feeder or feeder that is designed specifically for these foods
  • Feeders with roofs will help protect the food from snow or rain
  • Suet is a coveted source of food in colder weather and you may find the need to refill your feeders often.

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If you find that larger birds are dominating your feeders, consider switching to a feeder such as the Audubon Suet Bottom Feeder. This feeder allows woodpeckers and songbirds to feed but prevents grackles and other large birds.



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