Solving Suet and Suet Feeder Problems

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Red-Belllied Woodpecker Eating Suet
Red-Bellied Woodpecker Eating Suet

After putting out suet in my yard successfully for many years, I have solved many suet problems. Offering suet is deceptively simple . . . if you pick the right feeder and right location. You want to keep squirrels and raccoons out of the suet and keep starlings and grackles from eating it all, while still keeping woodpeckers and other suet loving birds happy.

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Choosing Seed For Backyard Birds

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White-Breasted Nuthatch Eating Sunflower Hearts
White-Breasted Nuthatch Eating Sunflower Hearts

What kind of seed do birds eat? How do you choose seed for backyard birds? If you offer the kind of seed birds you want to attract eat, you’ll get more birds at your feeders!

When you first start feeding birds, you might think you can just buy any birdseed mix, plop it in whatever feeder you like and a wide variety of birds will quickly come flocking. The seed bag probably has a list of all the birds that will eat the food, so all of them should show up at your feeder, right?

Well, they might if you are lucky. But it is also very possible you will wind up with a mob of birds you don’t like dominating the feeder picking through the mix. The seed they don’t like and drop on the ground goes to waste. Putting the right feeder in the right location is important, but what you put into it is important too. Here are the seeds and other foods I offer birds (and foods that I don’t) in my own Maryland back yard, followed by a list of who eats what.

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Best Way to Hang Suet Feeders

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Male Downy Woodpecker Eating Suet
Male Downy Woodpecker Eating Suet

There are many ways to hang suet feeders. But what is the best way? My approach to offering suet to birds evolved over several years. Through a lot of trial and error with feeder type and placement, I’ve learned a lot along the way and where to hang them. My current suet set-up has been working wonderfully for season after season. Now I don’t have to stress over it at all. It just works.

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