Free suet ball feeder at British Bird Food
There is always a debate about whether to use suet balls with nets or not. We have come across birds with their feet caught in nylon string (involved in nest building) and also seen birds struggle to get their feet clear of nets around suet balls. So we have always recommended the use of a suet ball feeder and to either remove the nets or to buy net free suet balls. Some customers prefer to hang the balls from the net on a hook or a branch, and this is entirely a matter of personal choice.
To help encourage the use of suet ball feeders we are giving away a feeder with every box
of suet balls (with and without nets) worth £2.95. A simple design, aimed at giving the birds the maximum access to the suet and made from plastic coated steel, these feeders are robust and strong enough to last several years.
Many birds (in fact most of them!) like suet balls and other suet products
because there is a massive amount of energy in the suet and unlike us humans, birds need raw energy to survive, they don't store (much) fat for lean times. They use the energy as they find it, so in the winter they are constantly needing to 'top up' to keep going and in the summer they do a lot of flying to feed their broods so need a large amount of energy food each day in order to keep going long enough for every one to survive.