Do you keep a suet feeder out through the summer? Do the birds want it? Or will it melt in the summer sun? It's my first summer with a suet feeder and I have a brand new block in my cupboard. If it's only going to go bad, I'd rather save it for autumn.

Thanks!

From: [identity profile] rowangolightly.livejournal.com


Yes, I am keeping my suet feeders out and boy, are the birds having a great time. Right now I have 5 chickadees in the tree where it resides. I'm getting over a dozen different kind of birds and it's so much fun to watch them.

I'm not sure how it'll do once it gets hot here but we'll wait and see. If it gets melty, I'll just switch to a different kind of feeder. I keep the spare blocks in my 'frig.

From: [identity profile] darthsunshine.livejournal.com


This is the first year I've put out suet, too, so I don't know at what point it gets too hot for it.

From: [identity profile] miladycarol.livejournal.com


I only went through 2 blocks during the whole winter. And, since the last of my winter block fell apart and was eaten, I think I'll wait to open the new block for autumn. Even lacking the suet feeder, they still have the nyjer sock, the dove and quail seed feeder and the triple-decker wild birdseed feeder from which to choose.

From: [identity profile] darthsunshine.livejournal.com


That seems a reasonable solution. Doesn't sound like they'll be starving anytime soon. ;)

From: [identity profile] miladycarol.livejournal.com


I should think not... yet I need to repair my nyjer feeder. The string broke not a few hours after I listed all the wonderful food they have available to them. I'll do that this afternoon.

From: [identity profile] chaos-crafter.livejournal.com


Not so relevant to you, as it was many many miles away, but for many years my father was putting out "bird-porridge" - an oats in suet blend. This was good because even if it melted a bit the oats held the suet and it all stayed glued together.

For us the main treat of it was that we were constantly visited by the Clinking Currawong (http://www.graemechapman.com.au/cgi-bin/viewphotos.php?c=733)

From: [identity profile] miladycarol.livejournal.com


I don't know if I saw that particular bird. It's very crow-like. I absolutely loved the different birds I saw in Au. Since we were living at G's family house, bird feeders were not received well. I tried to sneak some seed to them, regardless, though. The birds there are so vastly different and fascinating.

From: [identity profile] kittekaat.livejournal.com


I leave mine out all summer. Birds eat it more than in winter it seems, probably because there are just more birds about in the warm weather. I think the makers plan on them being out in the summer because mine have never melted apart. My feeder holds two blocks at a time, I put a berry one and a peanut one in it.

From: [identity profile] miladycarol.livejournal.com


Hmmm... now I wonder. *frowns* Maybe I'll cut mine in half and put it out to see if they keep eating it. That way, it won't be as tragic if it pools to mush when the sun hits it.
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