We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4
Phone: (604) 852-1960
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5
Phone: (604) 792-1239
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2
Phone: (604) 510-2035
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Su'et, noun. the hard fat around the kidneys of cattle and sheep, usually used for cooking and making talo. Sounds great, doesn,t it? But suet, prepared with the right ingredients, is irresistable to birds (squirrels too but that's another story). Suet is an important source of fat and protein for birds and this energy packed food is necessary throughout the year, whether it be to survive the winter months or to help birds through nesting season. And suet is not just for cold weather anymore. By using Suet Dough in the summer, you can feed suet 12 months a year! Suet Doughs have been re-melted several times before packaging, making them slightly harder than normal suet and able to withstand higher temperatures (mid 30 C) before melting. Almost all birds will eat suet, even some that are ground feeders will, in time, learn to love it. We always have song sparrows and junco's fighting for space on our suet and the little kinglet as well have developed a taste for it. And the birds will love all the great flavours like Bug Bites (insect flavoured suet), peanut butter, Naturally Nuts and Fruit and Nut. It is also important to supply calcium in the spring and summer for our nesting birds. Suet like Peanut Butter & Jelly Suet Dough and all the Bark Butter products are one of the few foods available that supply this important mineral. All Wild Birds Unlimited Suet blends are available in Suet Doughs as well.
|Bug Bites Suet||Naturally Nuts||Nuts & Berry Suet||Peanut Butter & Jelly||Hot Pepper Suet Dough|
|Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter||Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter Bits|
Another food that birds love is Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter, found only at Wild Birds Unlimited stores. It is a spreadable suet, developed by Jim Carpenter (founder and CEO of the franchise), that can be used anywhere or on anything. Or you can also use Bark Butter Bits, Bark Butter pieces that can be used in either a treat tray or mixed in with your favourie seed in your bird feeder. For a video of Bark Butter, as well as a list of all the birds known to feed on it, click on the link below.
The most common birds we see at our feeders are woodpeckers, chickadees and bushtits. All woodpeckers will come to suet, insect being their favorite: the only limit to their visits is the size of your suet holder. Downy woodpeckers are the easiest to attract - their small size lets them sneak into "squirrel proof" suet holders as well as feed off the normal suet cages. Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers and Pileated Woodpeckers prefer the larger tail hook suet holder.
Black-capped and Chestnut Backed Chickadees will eat suet all year and will come to any suet holder. They have no trouble being on the suet at the same time as larger birds. The only birds that seem to scare them off are the Bushtits, and that is because they come on mass to feeders. Traveling in large flocks ( up to 50 birds), they completely cover the suet with their small bodies and then fly off, only to repeat the process over and over again.
Feeding suet is relatively inexpensive and a sure way to attract birds to your yard. How about hanging out a cake today!
Click on the above link to find the best suet feeder for your yard!