Preparing Bird Feeders for Winter: Feed suet all summer.

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Preparing Bird Feeders for Winter

By Claudia
November 3, 2013

Fall is a great time to clean, repair, or replace bird feeders. If you have never fed birds before, winter is a great time to start!

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Nov 2, 2013 6:17 PM CST
I feed suet all summer. Not because the birds can't find enough protein in the summer (there are lots of bugs) but because I like to see them come around all year long.
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Marilyn
Nov 2, 2013 9:26 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up I feed the birds everyday of the year. The birds are so wonderful to have around everyday! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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LindaTX8
Nov 2, 2013 11:06 PM CST
If I go outside and do not hear the birds, it feels like something is wrong!
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terrafirma
Nov 3, 2013 7:12 AM CST
I agree! I feed all year round, and I even found a suet that won't melt during our hot and humid summers. Love the birds! Thumbs up And I love the picture of the Pileated! Beautiful! Thumbs up
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Claudia
Nov 3, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Glad that you all enjoy our feathered friends year round!

I agree Linda, if I don't hear any chirping, calling or singing I wonder what is up!
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Bonehead
Nov 3, 2013 1:09 PM CST
I switch out the suet (winter) and hummingbird (summer) feeders but offer mixed seed in tube and open feeders year-round. I get different birds throughout the year, some year-round, some seasonal. My eyesight is not the best so I often don't know exactly who I am feeding, but they are all entertaining. My two escape-artist chickens clean out the overflow/rejects below the feeders so I no longer have birdseed seedlings popping up.

I used to have porch speakers to listen to music while working outside, but now I prefer the birds.
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gingin
Nov 4, 2013 12:23 PM CST
In winter I like to put out a mix of peanutbutter,seed and oatmeal (uncooked). I mix it together until it looks "right" or my arm gets tired whichever comes first Whistling Then I put it on natural pieces of wood that have nooks and crannies to fill and hang from a tree. The birds love it.
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Claudia
Nov 4, 2013 1:43 PM CST
I have done that too and you are so right Ginger, the birds love it! Thumbs up
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LindaTX8
Nov 4, 2013 8:05 PM CST
Deb, can't you wear glasses? I do. I can't imagine not being able to see the plants & wildlife very good. But DH has Macular Degeneration and he's pretty much blind without his glasses and even with them, he sometimes has problems seeing. The VA gave him the coolest huge magnifying thing with a really strong light...I use it sometimes to see really tiny things!

Bonehead said:I switch out the suet (winter) and hummingbird (summer) feeders but offer mixed seed in tube and open feeders year-round. I get different birds throughout the year, some year-round, some seasonal. My eyesight is not the best so I often don't know exactly who I am feeding, but they are all entertaining. My two escape-artist chickens clean out the overflow/rejects below the feeders so I no longer have birdseed seedlings popping up.

I used to have porch speakers to listen to music while working outside, but now I prefer the birds.


I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Nov 5, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Linda, I wear contacts but since I am both near and far sighted, my prescription is for multi-focal lenses, which results in a bit of a compromise. I can work at my desk and also see my computer screen (rather than flipping readers on/off) but far distance vision is then not so crisp. I keep a pair of driving glasses in my car to wear over my contacts to sharpen up my far vision and binoculars near most of my indoor windows to focus in on the birds. It's all workable if a bit convoluted. I've been wearing fairly thick glasses since 4th grade and am used to not seeing as well as others. On the plus side, I am rarely asked to be the designated driver...
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Chillybean
Sep 7, 2015 3:05 PM CST
Today, I cooked down a batch of beef fat for the tallow. I use this for my homemade suet. For the warm months, I buy the year-round suet as it doesn't go bad quickly and save my stuff for the cooler months. The Baltimore Orioles have been eating the suet. That's something I've not seen before. They usually go for the oranges.

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