December 1st, 2007, 08:16 PM
Came up with a great way to serve suet without having 1/2 of it spilled on the ground or gobbled up by the starlings (or my dogs!). Squished it down into a tubular peanut feeder, its great as the small birds and woodpeckers can cling to it and easily get a beakful through the tiny holes without spilling. I bring it every night and pack more suet down with a wooden mallet.
December 1st, 2007, 08:26 PM
what a neat idea! The STarlings are so greedy! What about the Jays though? I have Stellar Jays, a Hairy Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker, plus chickadees and other smaller birds at the suet feeder - would they be able to get their fill? The Jays and the Hairy are about the same size as the Starlings - or bigger..
December 1st, 2007, 09:39 PM
The starlings can get some but not devour ALL like they used to, the jays don't seem to like this feeder but the downey and hairy woodpeckers cling to it and extract beakfulls. Watched a starling trying to chase away a hairy but it wouldn't move, was clinging to the new feeder and standing his ground until finally the starling flew off. The little guys - chickadees, nuthatches do great with this, and have had some finches pecking at it also. It really saves refilling every 2-3 days without so much falling on the ground, just have to squish down and top up about 1 inch a day.
December 2nd, 2007, 07:37 AM
I'm going to have to try that as well, thanks for the tip
December 2nd, 2007, 07:41 AM
Does anyone have a homemade Suet recipe???
It can get awfully expensive with suet on top of the birdseeds,corn-on-the cob and peanuts for the squirells.
December 2nd, 2007, 07:48 AM
"Dollarama" lol. $1,- for a block of suet is affordable.
But now I have to find a peanutfeeder!
Also, how do you squich a square suet block into a stocking-like net feeder?
I'm just soooo fed up with those starlings as well! Strange though, in Europe, if you have jays, you never see a starling! To the point that many municipalities will play jay-cried over the city loudspeaker system to get those irritating things to fly away. Seems the bluejays don't have that same scary effect on them ...:sad:
December 2nd, 2007, 09:35 AM
I'm going to try and find a peanut feeder too! Those Starlings are the messiest birds I've ever met!
December 2nd, 2007, 10:12 AM
Chico here are three suet recipes to try out of my Birds and Blooms mag.
I have not made them yet but if you do let me know how they were received
December 2nd, 2007, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the great receipes LM!
I buy my suet cakes 3 for $3.49 at a Walmart. I find them much better then the Dollarama ones (theirs seem to be all suet and very little seed)
I'm watching a fat little woodpecker eating it right now as I type !
Also the Walmart ones have 3 different kinds, so it gives the birds a bit of a variety.
My Mom used to make the Bacon and Peanut butter suet cakes,( as well as putting peanut butter in pine cones,) and we would form them into balls around string (or in Onion bag material) and tie different colour bows around them and decorate the the spruce tree in our front yard with them!! It looked amazingly festive as well as feed all the birds (Mom always have great ideas) :cloud9:
December 2nd, 2007, 04:05 PM
LM,thank's,I'll try the third one,seems easiest and I have most of the ingredients,except peanutbutter.
I must have 1.000 Starlings and when I put out leftovers for my 3 crows,they can finish it in seconds,they are not even afraid of 3 large crows.
I figure they can eat seeds,so I shoo them away so the Crows can eat...
I buy a HUGE bag of corn on the cob for my Squirrels,have to cob-feeders,the peanuts I put in a box just outside my patiodoor and the Squirrels crawl in to get them+the odd Blue Jay(not my favourite bird,but they are still birds!)
Today I had a big Rabbit or probably Hare in my backyard,he was panicking could not get out:sad:but he must have or the cats would have found him.
I just looked out to see what the cats were looking at and he's back,wonder where he lives..really cutehttp://bestsmileys.com/bunny/2.gif
December 2nd, 2007, 08:07 PM
The suet I buy is from the grocery store, 2 round balls on a meat styrafoam tray wrapped in saran wrap for $1.50. (used to be free from the meat dept), I buy about 10 packs cause the store runs out in Jan (go figure) I then heat them in a large pot and add the extras, oatmeal, peanut butter, seeds etc. and put the pot outside to firm up. In a couple of hrs. I can spoon the mixture into the bottom of the peanut feeder and have this long handled wooden thing with a square head (meat tenderizer?) that I pack down the feeder with. Every night after the birds have gone to bed I bring in the feeder for about 1 hr of softening up and squash the suet down while adding more to the top. My dogs used to get so sick from eating the suet that the jays and starlings had spilled on the verandah that for awhile I had even tried gluing a plastic tray under the old suet feeder but it was always coming unstuck and so yucky with grease and bird poop.:yuck: Try to buy a peanut feeder which is hollow - no metal bars in the middle of the cylinder. Happy feeding!
December 3rd, 2007, 02:10 AM
I use a birch log about a 1 and 1/2 feet long. I drill large holes in it along with some small ones under neath the large holes for small wood dowels. ( Small birds like to stand on these. ) It does not matter if the large holes go all the way through. You can stuff a lot of suet in there. I put a large hook on to it and hang it in a tree. The birds love this. And I secure a wood tray to the bottom so no mess under the feeder.
December 3rd, 2007, 06:27 AM
A whole bunch of great ideas,thank's:thumbs up
I buy the suet-cakes,usually $1.99-$2.49 and they are gone in no-time,together with everything else I buy,it's just a bit too much with one a day.
t,pettet,Dominion used to sell the balls a long time ago,but no more,they were really cheap.
I bought a whole bunch(10) of the Suet-Cakes in South Carolina,they were only $1.29 in Wal-Mart there,almost double here:sad:
February 3rd, 2008, 06:39 PM
This is such a great idea. I have never thought of doing this. I have suet feeders but they are messy to maintain. I will try your idea for sure. Thanks!