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Sure, Unless You Want the Same Bird Feeder Plans You Saw In a Picture

The story of my life, you see something you like and you go looking for it and you just can’t find it.  Regardless, I did find this little set of free suet bird feeder plans for an upside suet feeder.  It’s a bit late in the season to go on and on about suet feeders, but I just love them and the colorful birds they attract.  If you live in the northern states and put your suet feeder into a shady area of  the yard this summer, it will probably do just fine.  If you live in Florida like I do, you’ll do best if you make a dense suet cake, keep it in the shade as much as possible, and check it periodically to make sure it hasn’t gotten rancid.

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Pesky Squirrel Trying to Raid a Basic Suet Feeder

Suet feeders are a Godsend to the birds struggling to find food in the winter time up north.  Not only does the fat keep the metabolism high in the birds keeping them warm, but it is very nourishing to them as well.  Suet is solid white beef fat and you can probably get some from your butcher for little or no cost.  I’ll be covering exactly how to make a suet cake in a later article, so for now just know that you can make very inexpensive suet cakes for your backyard birds.

The birds that eat suet generally eat insects or worms so the animal fat, suet, attracts them to the feeder.  The colorful birds like the cardinal, the blue jay, blue birds, the woodpecker and others like the suet.  The pesky little starlings do too, but they don’t like to hang upside down to eat, hence the need for the upside down suet bird feeder. The cage itself dissuades the starling as well.

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Bluebirds at a Basic Caged Suet Feeder

The suet bird feeders are almost always a form of cage into which the suet is placed.  This type feeder is certainly easier and less expensive to buy than getting suet bird feeder plans and starting from scratch.  It is this cage that seems to be the only way to keep the squirrels away.  The squirrel has a very difficult time raiding the upside down suet feeders too.  The picture of the squirrel on the basic suet feeder cracked me up, so I had to share it with you.

Suet cakes with peanuts or peanut butter work really well to attract the colorful birds as do suet cakes with bird seed within, or just mix it all up because they seem to love it.  The birds which like the suet also enjoy black oil sunflower seeds too, and there is an excellent set of suet bird feeder plans which is a combination feeder with a tray feeder for the seed.  There are so many more kinds of suet bird feeders plans available, let’s just agree to meet again soon so I can share with you the upside down suet feeder as well as the window suet bird feeder.


Different Bird Feeders Attract Different Birds

What type of wooden bird feeder plans to choose is the most important question for you to answer!  That is, if you care which kinds of birds you are inviting to

Actual illustration of a page from a set of suet bird feeder plans

Illustrative Page: Suet Bird Feeder Plans

your backyard.  If you want to see yellow finches, you certainly won’t want a suet bird feeder.  Learn more and read on.

Briefly,  finches and other smaller birds enjoy feeding from a tube feeder and love thistle or Nyjer seed.  Hopper feeders are great for holding bird seed and sunflower seeds and will attract many different varieties of birds which like seed.  Those include bluebirds, wrens and jays, both small and larger species.  Suet feeders, or feeders with hard beef fat in them, are popular with cardinals, woodpeckers, and other species which generally feed on insects.  Finally, hummingbirds enjoy their own special hummingbird feeder which is really nothing but a container with tube-like holes going down into a sugar water solution given hummingbirds feed on the sweet nectar produced by flowers.

To be sure, different varieties of birds have completely different appetites.   In order to attract the type of birds you’d like into your backyard, you’ll need to be familiar with what your favorite birds like to eat.  Once you know that, you’ll know which type of wooden bird feeder plans to buy.

Once you’ve finished building your bird feeder, soon you’ll see your favorite birds arriving.  Unfortunately, along with your feathered friends, will come other animals who also would love to eat your birds’ food.

While any number of different animals will want to share your birds’ food, the most common will be the pesky and determined squirrel.  You may want to read this recent article about squirrel proofing,  “Keeping the Critters Out of Your Bird Feeders” posted last Tuesday.

Once you’ve answered all your questions, then either choose a set of the appropriate bird feeder plans and get started, or stop by your nearest garden shop, or shop right here online.  The sooner you do, the quicker you’ll have

Squirrel trying his best to get past a protective squirrel proof large hopper feeder.

Dang, If I Could Just Reach a Little Bit Further!

new friends in your backyard.

Should you decide to build your own special bird feeder from quality bird feeder plans, there are only two places we know of where you can get almost 100 different sets of bird feeder plans as well as thousands of other household woodworking projects that you are sure to enjoy.  Take a minute and click on either or both of the links above and learn more.

The Mini Bible on Protecting Your Bird Feeders From Squirrels and Other Pests

It is a warm spring day and you’ve cleaned and filled all of the various bird feeders you’ve accumulated over recent years with the appropriate food.

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Away We Go!

You’ve got suet in your suet feeder, thistle or Nyjer seed in the tube feeder for the finches, birdseed is in the hopper feeders so all you need now are the birds.  Where in the world are they this year??

You know how important your bird feeders may be to certain species and you spend your hard earned money trying to do your part for them.  In return, you are just thankful for the pleasure they give you while you sit on your porch enjoying their company.

This year however, you have company you didn’t count on.  Squirrels have taken hold in your backyard trees and its possible other pests come through too.  Animals such as field mice (voles), possums, raccoons and foxes are common to the outdoors and can find your birds’ food too.

The same suet (beef fat), seeds, jellies, fruit, and bread crumbs that your birds like are also eaten by the aforementioned hungry pests.  Not only do these pests eat you and your birds’ feeders out of house and home, they actually scare off your birds.  The birds you are so fond of seeing each year like the bluebirds, wrens, finches, blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals and orioles will simply move on before putting up with squirrels and other larger animals.

Unfortunately, some of these pests will raid the bird nests too which make them most unwanted, at least where your birds are.  That will pretty much end your bird watching, and when some of these pest are through with the bird food, they will attack your flowers and your food garden plants as well.

Thank goodness, there are several remedies to prevent these pest from taking over your back yard.  To begin, make sure all your various feeders are squirrel proof and that will likely stem  much of the problem.  However some of the larger predators could cause problems for your house pets if they aren’t completely run off from a food supply.

As you know when you have bird feeders there is always a mess under the feeders of missed or dropped food.  Without somehow making these left-overs unattractive to unwanted pests, you will still have food that could attract nuisance animals.  The remedy for this problem is buy some of the new “hot” bird seed and suet.  The birds seem to like it very much, but the hot pepper oil is totally unacceptable to the mammal intruders and should deter even the hungriest amongst them.


Squirrels Go Flying Off the Droll Yankees Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder