I love feeding the woodpeckers outside of my apartment patio. I have a suet log feeder that woodpeckers love to cling from while they have a snack. I needed a re-stock in a pinch and ordered a Wildlife Sciences Suet Plugs variety pack off Amazon.
I’ve really enjoyed using this product for my winter woodpecker feeding over the last couple months and wanted to write a review about my experience if you’re looking for a relatively-affordable suet option for a log feeder.
Suet is a must-have in your bird feeding offerings during the fall and winter, especially if you want to attract woodpecker visitors like Downy, Hairy, Red-Bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers. Suet, if you didn’t know, is the hard fat from beef. It’s a great high-fat food birds especially love for energy in cold temperatures.
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This Wildlife Sciences Suet Plug variety pack came with four different flavors:
- Insect and Nuts
- Woodpecker Blend
I had the best luck with the peanut and woodpecker blend varieties at my feeder during the winter. But, my local Downy Woodpeckers ate each flavor with glee! I would like to experiment with all of these flavors again in the spring to see if the popularity of different flavors changes with the nesting season.
I’ve also spotted Black-Capped Chickadees, Sparrows, and even Northern Cardinals checking out the peanut and sunflower suet logs. Dark-Eyed Juncos also seem to enjoy eating the crumbs from the logs leftover under my bird feeders, which is a nice bonus bird.
I bought this variety pack for $19.99, or about $5 per pack of four suet plugs. This is a little cheaper than the $6 per pack I sometimes pay for suet plugs at local bird stores (not counting any shipping costs).
Buying suet plugs is a more expensive method of buying the product. If you’re looking to save money, buy suet cakes (usually $1-$3) and put them in a cheap cage feeder. However, I like the look of having a nice suet log in my display…and my Woodpeckers like hanging from it too! I find the added cost worth it.
The ingredients listed for this product are: Rendered beef suet, cracked corn, millet, pecans, and processed grain byproducts.
This suet pack currently has a 4.5/5 customer review rating on Amazon. The product is also made in the USA.
If you end up buying these suet plugs, let me know in the comments section below what you think of it.