3 Tips for Feeding Suet This Winter

Once the weather turns cold, it’s time to put out suet for your backyard birds.

Once the weather turns cold, it’s time to put out suet for your backyard birds. Suet is a great food for the winter months as it is a high energy food that is very valuable when temperatures drop. Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for feeding suet to your birds this winter.

1. Offer suet with peanuts or dried fruit mixed in. These foods will provide additional nutritional value, and the birds will love the extra treat!

2. The larger woodpeckers need a place to put their tail when perched on a feeder and will be much more comfortable on a suet feeder with a tail prop. This will make them  likely to spent more time on your feeder.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpeckers love suet and they love to have a feeder with a tail prop to feed on.

3. If you are having issues with too many starlings at your suet, try using an upside down suet feeder. Woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and many others have no problem hanging upside down, but the starlings have much more trouble doing it. It won’t completely stop the starlings, but it will decrease the amount of suet they are eating.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Suet is a great way to attact both White-breasted (Pictured) and Red-breasted Nuthatches.

Do you have any suet feeding tips to share?

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.