Improvised Heated Birdbaths

Improvised Heated Birdbath Using Plastic Plant Saucer and De-Icer
Improvised Heated Birdbath Using Plastic Plant Saucer and De-Icer

A really good heated birdbath can be expensive. I looked at birdbaths when they were on sale this fall at my local bird store, but just couldn’t spring for one. As well as the price of a good one (although it really was a good sale), I had a few other concerns.

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Starling Proofing Suet Feeders

Suet Feeders
Suet Feeders Protected with Plastic

Do you need to protect suet feeders from European Starlings? Most of the year, I don’t see starlings in the yard, but winter snows bring all kinds of birds to feeders. Starlings are pretty if you take the time to look at them closely . . . but they can be a real pain when they latch onto suet feeders.

In my experience, most birds sit on or next to a suet feeder and eat for a few minutes. Starlings however settle on top of a suet cage and eat and eat and eat until the suet is gone. They won’t move, except maybe for a squirrel, so other birds get nothing.

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Deterring Squirrels with Hot Pepper Suet?

Hot Pepper Suet
Hot Pepper Suet

Ok. The idea of suet flavored with hot peppers has always sounded pretty nasty to me. But when squirrels start driving you crazy, your views can change.

I currently have seven suet cage feeders up around my house. During the warmer months and even into the cool days of fall, the squirrels left them mostly alone, only occasionally taking a nibble. But when the temperatures dropped into the teens and twenties, the squirrels started getting more desperate and the suet feeders suddenly got attractive to them.

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