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Suet Feeders

Suet can be fed in several ways. Commercial suet blocks are usually placed in a holder. Some suet feeders have a “tail prop” extension to accommodate woodpeckers.

Some homemade suet mixes can be spread on a tree trunk or limb.

Wire suet feeder

Wire suet feeder


This inexpensive wire suet feeder works with most commercial suet cakes. 
 Hang under a seed feeder or tree branch.


Upside down suet feeder

Upside down suet feeder

This suet feeder is designed to force the bird to feed upside down, a snap for chickadees and nuthatches but an effective approach to elimination of House Sparrows and starlings.

hopper feeder with suet feeders

This hopper feeder has wire cages for suet located on either end of the feeder.

Attracted species: Woodpeckers, chickadees, creepers, jays, nuthatches, wrens, bluebirds, mockingbirds

What you should know:

  • Feeding suet is one of the least expensive and effective choices for feeding birds.
  • Suet cakes are clean and easy to store and easy to use.
  • Suet cakes do not create problems with seed hulls or germinating seeds under feeders.

Birding Quick Hits

Purple Martins begin to arrive back in the United States as early as January.  Track the arrival of martin scouts on the Purple Martin Conservation Association web site to track arrival time for your part of New York.   As soon as the scouts start to show up in your state you should open your martin house.