Suet is particularly attractive to many kinds of birds: woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, just to name a few. It is basically the hard fat found in beef. For birds, it is a high-energy food essential for them especially in winter or cold weather. They are fast moving, and the need to metabolize is a part of their daily routine. In this article I am going to share some of the best suet & food for woodpeckers. Also I am going to include essential things you need to know when offering suet to not only to woodpeckers but also other birds.
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There are many other kinds of suet woodpeckers and other birds love to eat such as meal-worms, peanut butter, jelly, grit and minerals, and fruits and seeds including of course the suet. Their diet isn’t really complicated. You can easily figure out what these birds love to feed on.
Things To Know When Offering Suet
Basically, there are four main types of suet feeders we have to be knowledgeable about especially if we want to get closer to backyard birds. They come in different sizes and so understanding which suet feeder is best for them is important.
- Suet cage feeders
The most popular feeders are the suet cage feeders. They are usually made of coated wires and are hung independently or can be attached to hopper feeders. These kinds of feeders are good for woodpeckers or other clinging birds. There are actually many cage feeders sold in the market.
- Suet logs
Suet logs are simple and easy to make. All you need is a log with drilled holes on the sides. The holes are used for suet plugs. Basically, they are inserted into the holes so birds can cling to the wood. A more natural one would be the use of natural bark with cut ridges.
- Mesh Bags
A practical looking one, the mesh bag is just another creative feeder you can use. It is flexible feeder since you can put all kinds or sizes of suet like balls, chunks or cakes. Mesh bag is however not that good for feeding larger birds.
- Open trays
Putting suet cakes or pieces of suet cakes from chunks, to crumbles and pellets onto a tray is a good way to attract more birds to try suet they aren’t used to.
Types of Suet
Suet is made into different blends and is formed in different shapes and sizes. The three most common options are cakes, balls and plugs. Other shapes are also sold in the market. With these, you should already understand that some will not fit feeders.
Suet can vary depending on how it is made and climate can be a changing factor to the quality of suet. It’s good to consider this when choosing a suet for backyard birds.
Challenges with Suet Feeding
We sure want to help in any possible way to make these backyard birds happy with their full tummy, but there are some situations we have to be aware of.
This is the most common problem birders encounter. Since suet is a rendered fat, it can melt high heat or when it’s exposed to the sun much. Some solutions are to put the suet in a shade to lengthen its life, or to give it in when the climate is cold. High quality suet can last all year long though.
- Bully Birds
Some big birds usually feast first and leave nothing for the smaller ones. Choosing a suet feeder designed for small birds would be a good solution.
- Uninvited guests and pests
Rats, raccoons, squirrels also want a piece of suet. It’s best to position your suet feeder somewhere these animals can’t have reach or access. Also putting the suet feeder indoors overnight is a good option for pests not to spoil the suet.
- Spoiled suet
High temperature does affect the condition of suet. In the summer, it is better to offer small amount of food to backyard birds in a shaded place. When it’s exposed to the heat and melted, birds definitely don’t want to eat it. Even when they do, it may not be good for them as the taste and quality become less attractive. For unused suet, it’s better to refrigerate until offered again.
Top 15 Best Suet for Woodpeckers
I listed down fifteen suet and other foods below as your guide. Links and brief descriptions as well as other important information are added for you to easily choose which product suits your needs
C & S Products Woodpecker Delight, 12-Piece
A proudly made product by the C & S Products Company, the ‘Woodpecker Delight’ is adored by wood peckers and other wild birds. The food product also features a ‘no melt suet dough’ which ensures just the right texture, and avoids strong fatty odor. It also has the following nutritional ingredients: corn roasted peanuts, sweet corn, rendered beef suet, oats, soy oil, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans walnuts and almonds. With all these tempting ingredients put in the mix, you can be sure many kinds of birds would flock around your house.
If you don’t believe it then you try it. See for yourself and witness how amazing this product is. Your birds would absolutely love it.
C & S Products Woodpecker Treat, 12-Piece
The woodpecker treat suet has proven to be a great choice among bird feeders. Independent research has also confirmed its positive reaction to woodpeckers. This suet guarantees nutritionally balanced bird’s diet. For woodpeckers? Yes but other wild birds are also in the mix. Why is this more chosen over the others? The ingredients are of top quality. They are listed as follows, rendered beef suet, roasted peanuts, oats, corn, milk, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans and walnuts.
For easy removal, just refrigerate. For use just, insert it in a cake feeder. You can place an order if you are in the U.S. If you live outside this country, please check for the eligibility. The link is provided for you.
C & S Products Peanut Delight, Pack of 12
Peanut Delight is another quality product of the C & S Products Company. It also features a ‘no melt suet dough’. The ingredients are corn, roasted, peanuts, rendered beef suet, oats and soy oil. The product contains some allergens like milk, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. It is best used with a suet feeder.
This product can be shipped within the U.S. and other selected countries. For further information, please do visit the link provided above.
Many customers have already testified of its good quality.
Wild Bird Seed Mix, Woodpecker Blend, 50 lbs
You may crave for it but don’t, this is not intended for human consumption. Woodpecker blend is a mixture of quality seeds and other nutritious ingredients: tree nuts, peanuts pumpkin seeds shelled, corn, sunflower seeds and raisins. These are common diet for wild birds. It is good to note that this treat is also good for other birds like crows, jays, flickers, mockingbirds, and starlings.
It’s a 50 pound bag, which is good enough, big enough and long enough to be consumed. You can feed the birds with the use of a hopper, platform, gazebo, tube or window feeders.
C & S High Energy Suet
C & S has various suet foods to offer for your wild birds, and ‘High Energy Suet’ is sure a good choice and a must try. It comes with the following mixture of sunflower seeds, rendered beef suet, millet and cracked corn. The item can become soft and elastic at 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and returns to its normal hardness at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or room temperature.
It says it doesn’t contain any GMO elements .The name itself says it all. It gives wilds birds high energy. This one is good treat for them for all seasons.
Please do take note that the product is only be shipped within the U.S..
Heath Outdoor Product DD-11 Hearty Suet Mix Cake, Case of 12
This Outdoor Products is delighted to offer a high energy food and treat to all colorful songbirds. The Hearty Suet Mix Cake is liked by Siskins, Tanagers, Thrushes, Titmice, Warblers, Wrens, Cardinals, Chickadees, Goldfinches, Juncos, Kinglets, Nuthatches and Purple Finches.
It’s a ‘no melt and all season suet cake’, and guaranteed fresh. The ingredients listed are rendered beef suet, peanut parts, corn and wheat. If ever you buy, do make sure to store it in a cool, dry place before consumption.
The product is available within the U.S. and other selected countries. For more information follow the link provided.
Heath, Outdoor Products DD4-12 Birdie’s Blend Suet Cake, 11.250z, Case of 12
This suet cake is another good to great substitute from Heath Products’ ‘Hearty Suet Mix Cake’. Many colorful songbirds also love it. The ingredients are rendered beef suet, corn, milo, wheat, millet and sunflower seeds.
It is prepackaged and comes in a box with 12 cakes. It is a high energy treat, and it’s guaranteed fresh
Many customers have rated this good.
The item can be delivered in The US and other selected countries.
Lyric 26477471 Woodpecker No waste Mix – 5 lb
Woodpeckers love to eat certain variety of foods, and this bag of mix offers just what they need. Nutmeats, dried fruits, and whole kernelled corn, shelled peanuts, tree nut pieces, shelled pumpkins seeds, raisins are all loved by these birds. Other groups of wild birds love it too.
You can order it in a 5 or 20 pound bag, and you can use some compatible feeders. Wire mesh and hoppers are your best options. This is a seed mixture so it’s important for it not to be spoiled from rain or snow.
The product is only available in the U.S.
Audobon Park 2 Lb Suet Woodpeckers Seed Wild Bird Seed Cake – Quantity 6
Many other bird foods have been sold in the market for quite a long time now, and many customers buy them because of good qualities. But we also have new ones. Woodpecker Seed Cake is one of the brand new offers from Audobon Park. The product contains high quality ingredients that are adored by woodpeckers, flickers, sapsuckers, nuthatches titmice and other birds. It’s a pack of 2 pounds, and comes in 6 pieces. It’s best to feed it with a large size hanging basket feeder. If you are looking for something new, this is the one you are looking for.
To know more about this product, please click the link provided just right above the description. Be the first to try it.
Woodpecker Suet Cake 10 Pack for Wild Birds
We all love seeing birds in our backyard and so buying the best foods that can attract them is essential. The Woodpeckers Suet Cake can help you enchant abundance of beautiful birds easily. The chickadees, cardinals, siskins, nuthatches, titmice, sparrows blue jays, juncos, woodpeckers are just the common ones you have to expect feast on the cake.
The product has a premium quality with melt-resistant formula. The ingredients include rendered beef suet, cracked corn, millet, pecan pieces, and processed grain products. It contains a total of 10 10.5 oz. Suet cakes.
The packaging is a good advantage of this suet cake. It’s very easy to open. You don’t need to use scissors or knives. With its unique packing, greasy mess is avoided. The materials used are 100 percent recyclable.
Jumbo Suet Cake Mixed 20 Packed, 10 berry 10.5 oz. 10 Peanut Suet Cakes
A mega combo of both peanut and the berry suet cake in one pack, Suet Cake Jumbo Mixed is liked by many perching birds like chickadees, siskins, nuthatches, cardinals, titmice, sparrows, blue jays, juncos and woodpeckers.
Its popular ingredients are rendered beef suet, cracked corn, black oil sunflower, peanuts, assorted flavoring, and processed grain by-products. Each sachet of cake weighs 10.5 oz.
Its ‘easy-open no mess packaging’ is of good convenience and materials used are 100 percent recyclable.
12-Pack of Mr. Bird Woodpecker Feast Small Wild Bird Seed Cake 8 oz.
Are you still looking for a sumptuous suet food for your woodpeckers friends? You have tried many but failed to impress them? You better choose the Woodpecker Feast. This seed cake is perfect for not only woodpeckers but also all fruit and nut-loving birds.
The ingredients are worth craving for. It has quality peanuts, pecans, raisins, and a mix black oil sunflower seed. This is a 12 pack bundle that weighs 7 oz. each and is great for any suet feeder.
The birds can easily love this 100 percent edible treat. They will surely eat every single bit. Worry no more with the leftovers.
DD-18 Peanut Crunch, Suet Cake, (12- Pack)
The peanut crunch is a no melt all-season suet cake. It is blended with peanuts to provide birds with protein necessary for their body. Colorful songbirds are attracted to it such as chickadees cardinals, goldfinches, juncos, nuthatches, kinglets, purple finches, thrushes siskins, tanagers, titmice, woodpeckers, warblers and wrens. The suet is properly packed with an easy to peel tab, and is guaranteed fresh. This is one of the better rated suet for birds. Try it to your backyard friends and see the difference it makes.
The item is offered within the U.S. and in other selected countries.
Meadow Ridge Farms Woodpecker Mix Feed – 8 lbs
Woodpecker Mix Feed is a product of Meadow Ridge Farms. It is a seed mixture that is fresh, locally blended and professionally and daily bagged in Delano Minnesota. It is an 8 pound bag, and the ingredients used are peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower hearts, corn, dried cherries, raisins, and pumpkin seeds. Woodpecker Mix Feed attracts blue jay, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-headed wood pecker and gray jay. For sure you would love to see these songbirds around. Place an order now.
For more information of the product, please follow the link provided above the description.
Pine Tree Farm Woodpecker Classic Seed Log, (76-oz, 3 Pack)
Woodpecker Classic Seed Log is a seed mixture of tree nuts, peanuts, almonds, cracked corn, sunflower hearts, and black oil sunflower in a log form. It has a gelatin that helps the item maintain its form thus keeping your backyard or garden mess-free while offering the birds a healthy diet.
For a better experience, you can also place a separate order for the Pine Tree Farms Classic Seed Log Feeder. Going classic is always a good option.