So, what the heck is suet?
Basically, it’s a hunk of animal fat and other various ingredients that makes a tasty, filling snack for a variety of insect-eating birds. Think of it like a juicy steak for your feathered friends. Designed for year-round feeding, suet is a great option for feeding those bug-loving birds during winter months when bugs aren’t as plentiful.
Suet most commonly comes in a standard-sized cake that fits in most cage-style suet feeders, but you can also find specialized shapes such as balls, plugs for log-style feeders, pellets, crumbles and shreds.
Suet comes in all kinds of flavors, and they all appeal to different kinds of birds—so try them all! You can get suet infused with fruit flavors and peppered with dried fruit, suet with crunchy dried insects, seed mixes, suet with peanuts and tree nuts mixed in, and suet with red pepper (it wards off squirrels and raccoons, but doesn’t bother birds).
Which birds love suet?
All kinds, really. Suet will attract woodpeckers, chickadees, tits, nuthatches, brown creepers, Carolina wrens, tufted titmouse, Eurasian bullfinch, starlings, wrens, warblers, thrushes, robins, orioles, cardinals, northern mockingbirds, catbirds, black-headed grosbeak, blackbirds and blue jays.
How do I serve suet to my feathered friends?
You’ve got options. If you want to keep it simple, you can hang it in a mesh bag or even smear it onto the bark of a tree. But suet feeders are a great way to feed birds and spruce up your yard, too. We recommend a decorative feeder for suet cakes that fits your style (we have a great selection). You’ll want to suspend it in a tree relatively close to the trunk.
Ready to serve some suet in your yard? Visit Dot’s Ace Hardware at 3411 Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas, or shop AceHardware.com and get free site to shore shipping!