Fill a Suet Cage With Nesting Material

Spring is on its way and the birds are getting busy building nests in my garden. Have you ever had

Spring is on its way and the birds are getting busy building nests in my garden.

Have you ever had the opportunity to see a bird’s nest up close?  It never ceases to amaze me how they create nests from different materials.

Every year, I like to help the birds that visit my garden by setting out  nesting material to help them build their nests with.

One of the easiest ways that I like to do this is to put it into a suet cage, which is an easy way to provide nesting material within easy reach of birds.

A suet cage us normally used to place suet in to feed birds.  But, they also make great containers for nesting material.  Suet cages are very inexpensive and are available in many places where bird seed is sold.

Fill the suet cage with different nesting materials and hang from a tree.

It is easy to find nesting material to set out and you probably most have many of these items already.

– bits of yarn, twine or string

-small twigs or pine needles

– grass clippings

– pet or human hair

– cotton batting

Make sure the nesting material is in small pieces that birds can easily pull from the suet cage and carry in their beaks.  Avoid using any material that has been treated with chemicals.

Put the suet cage up in a tree, shrub or hang from a pole where you can observe birds taking bits of nesting material for their nests.

What type of nesting material have you seen nests made out of?

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.