March 20, 2013 | Kelly Barany, Chin Ridge Seeds (en-CA)
I think we are all pretty familiar with the standard suet cage feeder. However, recently, one of our customers showed us an innovative modification to one of these feeders.
He attached a piece of wood to the bottom of this feeder and explained how this allows birds to have somewhere to rest their tail when they feed, which gives them better balance and allows them to feed more comfortably. This explains the long tail on some of those suet feeders that you can purchase in stores, or if you already have a suet feeder, you can make it yourself by simply adding a piece of wood onto the bottom similar to the one shown in this photo.
Another interesting suet feeder to consider is a bottom feeding suet feeder, which is entirely covered on the top and sides, and has a mesh underside. This forces the bird to get to the suet by hanging underneath the feeder. This unique feeder will allow only birds that are comfortable clinging upside down to get to the suet (birds like woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees). If these are the types of birds you wish to attract to your yard, this is a great feeder to use.