Wild Bird Trading Company
Going Green - Upside-down Suet
Reverse hanging suet feeder with roof. Upside-down suet feeders prevent starlings and other blackbirds from accessing the suet as they cannot feed upside-down. Woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees will be able to access the suet. Capacity of 2 stacked suet blocks. Made in USA from recycled plastic.
Suet is a great food to offer in the winter at it offers calories and proteins when natural food is scarce. However, it is important to offer suet only when the temperatures are cold. Suet and suet feeders should not be offered when the temperatures are consistently above 5C. Suet can spoil quickly in warmer temperatures and the fat will melt. Melted suet can easily get deposited on birds feathers and put them at risk of hypothermia as it disrupts the natural oily protection of the plumage. In the spring, the grease can also be transferred from a bird’s belly to its eggs while incubating which can possibly kill the developing baby by blocking the pores in the shell through which it breathes.
Like all food, it is important not to offer old or spoiled suet to birds.
To reduce the risk of injury, feeders should be placed at less than 2m (6ft) (under 1m (3ft) is even better) or at more than 10m (33ft) from a window.
It is important to remember that feeders have the potential to cause disease in birds by promoting transmission of infectious diseases or by harbouring harmful moulds. To help prevent diseases in birds please remember to:
- Clean feeders and change seeds every two weeks
- Do not use old, spoiled or wet seeds
- Empty and clean the feeders immediately if the content becomes wet
- Take down feeders immediately for a minimum of 2 weeks if you observe a sick bird in your yard
For more information about feeder maintenance and safety visit the Resources section