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What's in a suet ball?

Posted by British Bird Food 19/09/2014 0 Comment(s)

Suet balls for wild birds

What is in them? - you would think just suet and seed - and that should be the case. But in so many cases suet balls for wild birds also contain sand, grass seed, grit and are hollow, so instead of getting good value for money and good nutritional energy for your wild birds, you are paying for something that your birds don't like and won't eat. So it is probably best to think about what is in a suet ball and what is not wanted and then you should get the best value. A good test is to weigh the ball, or suet balls weigh 92 to 95 grammes, hollow ones will weigh much less. If erogenous seeds are present and sand, grit etc, then the best thing is to put a tray under the feeder and you will find out what the birds are casting aside and how much waste you are getting. Suet balls for wild birds should be high in energy from the suet, this should be beef suet and not pork, birds do not like pork suet and will not eat it unless desperate. Pork suet smells quite a lot whereas Beef suet tends to be quite mellow. [caption id="attachment_3471" align="alignleft" width="150"]Suet balls for wild birds Suet balls for wild birds, should be nutritious and good value for money, watch out for the other stuff![/caption]

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