Suet is a type of animal fat consumed by many varieties of bird, including but not limited to: woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, wrens, thrushes, grosbeaks, and orioles. Suet is available at a lot of stores. However, not all suet is created equal, and finding the best for your birds can be tricky if you just grab the least expensive option on the shelf. We use the highest quality food grade tallow/beef suet to ensure quality and freshness. Our suet blends are formulated with increased amounts of fat and protein to provide birds with a nutritious, high-energy food. They also include ingredients that are proven to be more attractive to birds - peanuts, tree nuts, fruit and mealworms. We never add undesirable fillers or unnecessary vitamins or minerals.
Stop by the store to pick up some suet; your birds will know the difference.!
No bird food attracts more species of birds than our spreadable suet, called Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® (scroll down for a comprehensive list of bird species who eat it). Created by Jim Carpenter, founder of Wild Birds Unlimited, Bark Butter is a spreadable suet that can be easily smeared on tree bark or a Bark Butter Feeder to attract birds such as chickadees, nuthatches, catbirds, cardinals, mockingbirds, wrens, woodpeckers, towhees, Brown Creepers, grosbeaks, robins and more. This exclusive food option is made from suet, peanut butter and corn for a high energy treat your birds will love.
We also carry Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® Bits, which are bite-sized nuggets are made of rendered beef suet, peanut oil, roasted peanuts, corn, oats and calcium carbonate and allow you to easily offer Bark Butter to attract a variety of birds, including many that do not normally visit feeders. They are particularly popular among birds during the nesting season when a Bark Butter® Bit can be carried by parent birds to feed to their young. The nutrients in these products help with feather production, as well as with second clutches of eggs which are often laid around this time.
Bark butter products can also be used in conjunction with feeders such as the one pictured below. Simply open the door, spread the Bark Butter inside, and you're good to go! This feeder is perfect for woodpeckers whose long tongues reach inside, but also excludes Starlings whose tongues cannot reach. Attract native birds with a Bark Butter station of your own.
Who Is Eating Bark Butter?
The Bark Butter Bird List
Originally, Jim Carpenter created Bark Butter to attract Brown Creepers. However, through the years many more species of birds have been seen eating it; 138 so far and counting. Here is the list of birds across North America that have been reported eating Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter.
Pheasant & Turkey
Pigeons & Doves
Woodpeckers & Sapsuckers
Crows & Ravens
Verdin & Bushtits
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Thrashers
American Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Cardinals & Pyrrhuloxia
Finches, Redpolls, Siskin