Suet Feeders

Flicker At Suet Feeder

Suet feeders are a particular style of wild bird feeder designed specifically for suet bird food.

They are sometimes called woodpecker feeders.

With its high fat content, suet offers energy-rich nutrition, making it perfect for attracting many beloved backyard birds such as woodpeckers, cardinals, blue birds and wrens.

Suet bird feeders come in many shapes and sizes. The most common style is a simple wire basket that measures about four inches square and is about two inches thick. It is designed specifically for holding commercially produced suet cakes.

Commercially produced suet bird food cakes come in a variety of mixes including some with special ingredients like raisins, cherries, nuts, bug parts, and birdseed.

Since suet cakes are made of saturated fats, they tend to melt in warmer temperatures.

Many backyard birding enthusiasts only offer suet bird food in the winter. However, suet manufacturers have processes to raise the melting point of suet bird food and some premium varieties have special no melt designations.

High energy suet is beneficial in the springtime as many birds have traveled great distances to reach their breeding grounds.

Nest building, breeding, defending territories and raising young requires a lot of energy and suet provides the much needed energy-rich nutrition.

There are many styles of suet feeders to choose from, here are a few of my favorites;

Double Suet Cake Feeder

Suet Cake Feeder

The Suet Cake Feeder is a great way to add suet to the menu for your favorite birds. The wire suet basket is covered by a metal roof to protect suet from rain, snow or harsh sun. Lift the top and fill it with 4 suet cakes or 1 suet brick. 

Recycled Upside Down Suet Feeder

Upside Down Suet Feeder

This suet bird feeder's design allows birds to cling to the bottom and feed. Tree clinging birds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches and wrens will have no trouble feeding upside down.

But squirrels will find it difficult and tiresome feeding while hanging upside down and it is nearly impossible for starlings to feed from this feeder.


Suet bird food can be used to attract many backyard birds including: woodpeckers, chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, flickers, sapsuckers, mockingbirds, brown creepers, wrens and more.

Using suet bird feeders is easy and it will be very much appreciated by your hungry backyard visitors. There are many great suet mixes available.

Or try making your own suet bird food. It is simple, easy and fun to do.


If you want to make your own suet bird feeder, here are a few projects you may like:

Learn how to build a birdhouse and many other backyard bird projects here.


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