Our locally-made Suet Log Bird Feeder is the most popular suet feeder in our Wild Birds Unlimited shop. Chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, and jays readily use it, but woodpeckers seem to especially prefer it because its length lets them perch upright on it. The natural wood is also appealing to birds and bird-lovers alike.
Here's a few tips to help you and your birds enjoy this great bird feeder.
Soften the suet slightly, if needed
It is important that the suet plug fits snugly within the hole so it doesn't just get pushed out the other side by the birds. This is easily achieved when the suet is just a little soft.
Unwrap the suet and press your thumb into it. If the suet is hard and doesn't give a little to some pressure, soften it SLIGHTLY in the microwave. I start with about 20 seconds at 40% power, though microwaves vary. Do the thumb test again, if it hasn't softened enough, give it a few more seconds.
Don't overdo it - it will melt! You just want the suet soft enough that your thumb print shows - not so soft that your thumb goes right through the plug!
Press the plugs firmly into the holes
Again, you want the suet to completely fill the holes and be snug against the entire interior of the hole. If you don't do this, the plug could get pushed out the other side, especially in cold weather.
Use the heals of your hands or your fingers to push the suet snugly into the holes.
Hang the feeder right in a tree
Our woodpeckers especially seem to prefer this feeder when hanging right in a tree. To keep squirrels from eating all the suet, use a hot pepper suet. It contains capsaicin which keeps squirrels from eating it, but the birds don't taste the hot and readily eat it.
Wash your hands after filling your suet log
This is a good practice you should follow every time you handle a bird feeder, but especially after handling hot pepper suet.
Fill your feeder in an old pizza box
It will keep your counters clean and catch the crumbs. Plus you get to eat a pizza!
I hope these tips help you be more successful with your suet log bird feeder. The birds love it and so will you!
Here's just some of the birds that have visited our, or our customers', Suet Log Bird Feeder.