Creating a Suet Log

Creating a suet log is a natural way to feed your feathered friends high-energy food. It’s also a fun, fast and easy project to make one yourself.

bird-feeder-log-0Materials:

  • Drill with either a (35mm) round or a blade wood-boring bit
  • Screw-ended eye hook (medium or large size)
  • Strong string, thin rope, or twine
  • Log
  • Suet

Directions:

  1. Choose a straight fir, cedar, or birch log that will be easy to hang – if it has some twigs, even better because they are perches! Ours was about 40cm long. Holding the log steady, drill a hole approximately 8-10 cm from one end of the log. In most cases a round boring bit will work; however, if you have very hard wood, try using a blade bit. Drill the hole approximately 3-4 cm deep to hold a good supply of suet.
  2. Turn the log 180 degrees and drill a second hole. Turn your log a ¼ turn and drill a hole approximately 10cm below the first hole. Repeat this step to create a feeder with staggered holes – two at each level. Staggered feeding holes allow easy access for more than one bird. You might want to add more holes depending on the length of your log for a total 6 or 8 feeding holes.
  3. Clean out any wood shavings from the holes. Fill the feeder holes with a suet mixture, leaving a depth of ½ cm at the opening without feed. This edge eliminates the need for perches on your feeder. Screw an eye hook into the top of the feeder and use twine to hang your feeder outside. Sit back and watch the birds arrive: you might see  chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers.

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Making Suet: Suet is a nutritional treat for insect-eating birds that’s easy to make. Collect leftover beef-fat drippings in a container in your freezer. If you prefer, you can purchase beef fat from the grocery store. It’s very important to not use any fat other than beef. Add in peanuts, peanut butter and/or sunflower with mixed wild birdseed. Mix thoroughly and and place mixture in the fridge to solidify. Suet can be kept frozen for months but becomes rancid at room temperature.

Be kind: Please be consistent in your feeding and place your feeder in a place not accessible to cats.

Hint: Birds spot food from the air, so scatter a bit of seed on the flat top of the log and on the ground below your new feeder to draw birds to the new food source. Once they know where it is, they will return to it.

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A log suet feeder in use – this great photo is found on thegardenroofcoop.com

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