Feeding wild birds is a good thing to do. It’s good fun, good for the planet, educational for young and old, inexpensive, and nearly trouble free. You just put out the food, which comes in a variety of styles, and watch the colorful and interesting feathered friends flock in. In the winter, when birds that eat a lot of insects are having a hard time, you can offer Heath Outdoor Products DD-25 Hot Pepper Suet Cake. That is a high-energy supplement that can really help them make it through.
Suet mixes can be home made. There are even vegetarian formulations if your principles are so directed. But maybe an afternoon of rendering globs of fat isn’t your idea of a good time. It’s not for everyone. So, good news, we have modern suet cakes that work just fine. With the modern no-melt formulations, you can offer suet all year long. It attracts species that you might not see around a seed feeder. The cakes don’t melt; they don’t spoil in warm weather. They are convenient to use. It’s easy. What could go wrong?
Well, there is one thing that can go wrong. Squirrels. That can be a lot of things, actually. Squirrels are great, no doubt. They have their place in the world, and a right to their share of the food. Problem is, if left to it, they’ll take all the food, not just their share. Squirrels will get into the suet supply, and they don’t need much time to get it all gone, leaving none for birds you were hoping to attract. You can make a separate squirrel feeding area, and offer those squirrel chunks that take the arboreal rodents a lot of time and work to dispose of. But they may make short work of the high energy suet treats before they start work on their designated food supply. So what can you do?
You can use the Heath hot pepper suet cakes, is what you can do. They have all the good qualities of a no-melt suet cake. They are easy to use. They don’t melt or spoil when the temperature is high, so they can be used year-round. They are a great deal too. But the best thing is, the hot pepper is appealing to birds, but not liked by the squirrels. The hot pepper suet cakes attract a large variety of desirable species, including Goldfinches, Cardinals, Juncos, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Kinglets, Siskens, Purple Finches, Thrushes, Tanagers, Warblers, Titmice, Wrens, and Woodpeckers.
The Heath hot pepper suet cakes will please your bird friends, while re-directing the appetites of the local squirrel population. If your conscience bothers you, go ahead and rig up some squirrel feeders too. Make it hard for them, if you wish. They enjoy a challenge. Let them work it out, while you enjoy watching the bright birds enjoy their healthy energy-boosting suet treat.