Upside Down Suet Feeder

Would you like to build your own upside down suet feeder? I can show you just how easy it is.

Suet is similar to natural insect food, which is why, on its own, it will attract many wild birds. If you add seed, fruit and nuts it becomes an almost irresistible food for backyard birds.

Adding suet to your feeding station will attract many desirable birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice and wrens. It will also attract a few undesirable guests including squirrels and starlings. One way to discourage these unwanted guests from devouring your suet bird food is by using an upside down suet feeder.

Squirrels will find it difficult and tiresome feeding while hanging upside down and it is nearly impossible for starlings. But tree clinging birds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches and wrens will have no trouble at all.

Building your own upside down suet feeder can be done in a few minutes and only requires a few simple tools.

The good news is that this project will only cost you about $6.00.


  • Wire cage suet feeder
  • 2 inch wide furring strips (half inch thick by two and one-half inches wide)
  • All-Weather Screws, one and one-half inches long
  • Eye screws (2)
  • One inch screw and washer

Step One

Measure your wire cage suet feeder. Mine measures five and one-half inches by five inches. Cut the furring strips to length.

For this size suet feeder, two pieces six inches long and four pieces six and one-half inches long.

Step Two

Drill two pilot holes at each end of the six inch pieces (on the flat side). Be sure to drill into the end of two of the six and one-half inch pieces.

Step Three

Screw the six inch pieces to the six and one-half inch pieces, making a box. Make sure the suet feeder fits inside. If you slide it all the way to one end it should be easy to open and close.

Step Four

Attach the two back pieces the same way you did the sides by drilling pilot holes and screwing to attach.

Step Five

Remove the chain that was provided with your wire cage suet feeder. You will need it later so keep it handy. Attach the wire basket suet feeder using a one inch screw and washer.

Step Six

Attach the two eye screws to opposite corners. Attach the chain you removed earlier. Now you can fill your new upside down suet feeder and hang it.

It will not take long for your backyard birds to find your new feeder

You can make an upside down suet feeder that is a little nicer using cedar and adding a roof. The basics are the same. You will have to add some angles to the required cuts and you will need two large pieces for the roof. Give it a try these, this style has a very nice look.

If you enjoyed this project, then try one of the many build a bird feeder projects here.

Try making a simple window bird feeder.

You can make your own suet bird food for this upside down suet feeder, learn how here.

Suet feeders are only one style of bird feeder, learn more about other bird feeders here.

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