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If you use suet plug bird feeders you know how incredibly messy they are to fill.
[A quick note to those who don't feed birds or use suet bird food - Suet food usually comes in either bricks or plugs. The binding agent for the bird seed is suet (animal fat or partially solidified grease.)]
I’ll say this, what suet cages lack in beauty they more than make up for in ease of use. Suet plug feeders, on the other hand, provide a certain almost rustic appeal, but, boy, oh boy. By the time you get all the feeder holes filled with suet plugs … Have you ever seen a 12-month old baby that’s been handed a HUGE slice of birthday cake – loaded with chocolate icing, of course! – and the birthday baby is encouraged to have at it?! Well, when you’re done filling suet plug feeders you end up looking a little like that. Granted, your face is clean, but your hands are unfit to touch ANYTHING.
The reason for this mess, aside from the fact that you’re dealing with “grease,” is because the plug holes are a bit snug, which requires pushing the suet plugs through the holes.
Recently, as I finished filling my suet plug feeder, I thought, “There’s GOT to be a better way to do this. The plugs are simply too soft and slimy, something that doesn’t happen with … frozen food.” Light bulb!
1. Freeze the Suet Plugs
Freezing them made a huge difference.
Freezing bird food suet plugs makes the job of filling the suet plug feeders a WHOLE lot easier for two reasons:
- Nearly everything, except water, contracts in its frozen state. This makes the plugs ever so slightly smaller; and
- Pushing the plugs through the plug holes doesn’t become a mushy mess when the plugs are hard.
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