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suet cake

Suet Cakes

Courtesy of Global Harvest Foods

Long ago, before commercial bird seed was available, it was common for people to put out fat for wild birds to eat. Today, suet continues to be one of the most popular foods for wild birds. Here are five reasons why suet cakes remain a feathered friend favorite today.  

#1) Birds Eat Bugs

One surprising benefit to feeding wild birds is less garden-gobbling insects in your yard. To reap these rewards, one must invite insect-eating birds to their gardens. Royal Wing suet attracts these colorful birds to feast on insects, worms, snails and spiders as well as herbivores including:

Frequent visitors

  •        Woodpeckers
  •        Chickadees
  •        Nuthatches
  •        Titmice
  •        Wrens
  •        Jays
  •        Robins
  •        Northern Flickers

Occasional visitors

  •        Warblers
  •        Thrushes
  •        Brown Creepers
  •        Brown Thrashers
  •        Orioles
  •        Pine Siskins
  •        Bluebirds
  •        Kinglets
  •        Tanagers

suet cake

#2) Helps Birds Year-Round 

Birds face a number of threats to their survival from extreme weather conditions and habitat reduction to window collisions, predators, and more. Feeding birds is our way of helping birds year-round.

In the springtime, suet gives nesting birds much needed energy, and is one of the first foods birds will offer their young.

Summer is the best time of year to enjoy the sights and sounds of many different species of wild birds in your backyard. We recommend offering a variety of foods, keeping feeders full, and providing clean water. On hot summer days, store suet in the refrigerator and place it in the shade/on a tree. Audubon Park no-melt suet is now available for summer feeding.

In fall, suet helps wild birds prepare for migration and store fat for the winter ahead.

Winter is the single most important time of the year to feed wild birds, when other food sources are scarce and birds need the extra energy to survive frigid temperatures.

#3) High in Energy

Royal Wing suet is free of artificial flavors and colors.

Suet (a.k.a. fat) is offered year-round across North America because it is a quick, easy and inexpensive food source for many birds. Our suet is made with rendered beef fat, which is high in fat and calories. This high energy treat can mean survival for many species of birds especially in winter months, nesting season and migration.

#4) Ready to Eat

Suet is easy and we have a variety of flavors to choose from. You can serve suet in a basket feeder, on tree bark/logs/branches, or pack it into a pine cone. We recommend placing suet near/on a tree, five or more feet above the ground.

Suet Flavors

Royal Wing

  • Woodpecker (bestseller!)
  • Peanut
  • Sunflower
  • Berry Punch
  • Bird Lovers
  • Hi Energy
  • All Season
  • Raisin Crunch

New! Introducing Audubon Park Suet – loaded with premium ingredients from peanuts and tree nuts to real fruit!

  • Nut & Fruit
  • Nut & Mealworm
  • Peanut & Cherry
  • Peanut Hot Pepper (keep squirrels away!)
  • Papaya & Cranberry No-Melt
  • Premium Trail Mix No-Melt

#5) Inexpensive

Suet is an inexpensive way to help birds thrive all year long, which is both good for birds and your wallet.