May 20, 2016 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, June 2016

Suet in Summer

Downy woodpeckers are frequent visitors are suet feeders.
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Suet is a high-energy treat for so many bird species, and can bring in some birds that aren't interested in seeds. During cool or cold weather, it's easy and convenient to load a cake into a suet feeder and refill when empty. Birds can continue to enjoy the nutritional benefits of suet through the hottest days of summer, but it must be offered more cautiously, and usually, in smaller quantities. Regular suet melts in heat, and can become a goopy mess, penetrating feathers, and interfering with flight. Unprocessed suet can also spoil in heat, and that's not healthy for birds, either. If you want to offer suet in the summer, offer it in small amounts.

There are, however, types of suet that are blended with other ingredients that birds love and that prevent melting in summer heat. Actually, the suet still melts, but it is absorbed by other ingredients. Look for "No Melt" on suet packages and offer it throughout the year.



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