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Suet Bird Food

A friend of ours recently called to report the spectacular rise in avian visitations to her bird feeder once she began putting out suet bird food. From a measly 10-15 birds per day, she claimed, the number had risen to around 40, after which she lost count! Coming as it did just as we were about to post this article, the report bucked us up no end. So without further ado, here are our thoughts on suet bird food.

First things first -- what is suet? In plain terms, suet is a beef fat-based bird food. If you think it strange that birds enjoy eating animal fat, we'll have you know that suet is not only beef fat but has other ingredients added to it, like peanuts, fruits, raisins, nuts, bread crumbs, sunflower seeds, and corn. That sure makes one tasty combo! To top it off, suet is a low-cost food source and thus the ideal main course for your bird feeder menu. The birds, as you will have gathered, just love it.

Where can you buy suet? Well, suet is typically sold in small blocks, which you simply buy and place in your suet feeder. Alternatively you can make it at home, but only if you really know what to put in and in the precise quantities that will ensure a good meal for your feathered friends. If you buy the suet blocks, you may pay between a dollar and two dollars per block. And if you can manage the storage space, buy in bulk, which will work out to be even cheaper. As for suet holders, just check out your local pet store for a range of options.

While suet bought from the local store will not require inputs, so to speak, on your part, remember that for homemade suet, some ingredients such as certain fruits may cause problems during summer because they spoil easily. That is not to say that all suet bird food is unsuitable for summer, however. All you do is leave out the fruit component and concentrate on the dry ingredients such as corn and sunflower seeds.

Finally, suet is irresistible to squirrels as well, so you have to keep them away using the right squirrel guards and baffles. Now sit back and enjoy the show as thrushes, cardinals, chickadees, blue jays, sparrows, finches, wrens, woodpeckers, and even robins drop by.

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