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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:05 pm    Post subject: Suet cakes... Reply with quote

....for birds

I have been putting food out for the birds for a long time now without any success...I spoke to RSPB people when they set their stalls up, from time to time, in the town square and they advised me to persevere, which I did.
I was thrilled when,eventually, some tits + other kinds of birds started to come and feed from the suet cake and take other food from the feeder. They come most days now and I love to watch them. What I'm wondering is how long should the suet cake be left as although they feed regularly from it it lasts a long time.

Now that they are coming to feed I would hate to be giving them sub-standard fare.

I got a bird bath as one of my Christmas presents so I'm looking forward to seeing my little feathered friends in that! Smile
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nod



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would leave it out as long as it hasn't gone moldy, same with peanuts etc.
Try to put it somewhere that it stays dry.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no growth on it but will keep an eye on it ...thanks nod!
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Angela W



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the birds get used to finding it, you will find the suet cake will disappear very quickly. I put out one of those really big and fat suet candles and it had completely gone in six days! I buy a high energy, no mess seed mix, (which is a mixture of chopped peanuts, suet treats, various seed types and mealworms) and that goes down really well with my feathered friends. I put out peanuts (in a feeder) and sunflower hearts too.

If we go out into the garden, or when we come back home in the car and the birds see us, they think that a human being equals food and so they sit on the bird table, or on our dustbin lid (where we put food as an extra place in the winter) and wait until we put some more food out.

Water is important, people think only for bathing, but just wait until you see how many birds come for a drink too. Happy watching! Very Happy
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angela W wrote:
When the birds get used to finding it, you will find the suet cake will disappear very quickly. I put out one of those really big and fat suet candles and it had completely gone in six days! I buy a high energy, no mess seed mix, (which is a mixture of chopped peanuts, suet treats, various seed types and mealworms) and that goes down really well with my feathered friends. I put out peanuts (in a feeder) and sunflower hearts too.

If we go out into the garden, or when we come back home in the car and the birds see us, they think that a human being equals food and so they sit on the bird table, or on our dustbin lid (where we put food as an extra place in the winter) and wait until we put some more food out.
That description has drawn a very pretty picture,Angela..... must be a delightful sight. Smile

Angela W wrote:
Water is important, people think only for bathing, but just wait until you see how many birds come for a drink too.
Angela W wrote:
Happy watching! Very Happy

Thank you. Very Happy
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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make my own suet cakes. I melt Atora beef suet, grind up some peanuts (from the pet shop), mix it up with perhaps some dried fruit or dried mealworms and let it set. The birds love it. I either cut it into bars and place them in the hanging feeder cage or I set it in the glass jars which fit into my special holder hanging from the bird table.

Seeing which extra birds come into the garden is the only reason why I look forward to the cold weather Smile.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I make my own suet cakes. I melt Atora beef suet, grind up some peanuts (from the pet shop), mix it up with perhaps some dried fruit or dried mealworms and let it set. The birds love it. I either cut it into bars and place them in the hanging feeder cage or I set it in the glass jars which fit into my special holder hanging from the bird table.


I might give those a go,Eileen ...thanks! I have an Alan Titchmarsh Razz suet block feeder to put them in
FleetingEileenM wrote:
Seeing which extra birds come into the garden is the only reason why I look forward to the cold weather Smile.
Very Happy
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