Want to keep your suet feeder from being dominated by European Starlings and Common Grackles? One way is to put the suet beyond their reach in Erva’s Starling-Proof Suet Feeder. While I’m a fan of upside-down suet feeders and have used them for years, Erva’s method of putting the suet deep in a cage has promise. This feeder allows smaller birds access to the suet while caging larger birds out.
When buying a bird feeder, be sure to consider how you will hang it. While they are typically built with a hook or loop on the top for hanging, you may find that to hang a bird feeder, you actually need an extra hook.
If you are just starting to feed backyard birds, you might wonder how many feeders you need. There isn’t one right answer. And really, it is largely up to you. You could choose a single feeder or a dozen. My advice is to start with one feeder and see how it goes. Add more if you find you enjoy feeding birds and if you want to feed more birds or more types of birds. Here are some feeder suggestions to get you started.