Starling Proof Suet Feeder: How to Keep Starlings Away

Starlings, generally thought of as a nuisance bird, can make it difficult for other birds to feed at your suet bird feeder. Today we thought we’d take a look at a few “starling proof” suet feeders, as well as share some tips at keeping starlings away from your feeder.

Here are a few examples of suet feeders that will help keep starlings away:

Heavy Coated Wire Starling Resistant Suet Feeder

This starling proof suet feeder has a unique design allowing only birds that can feed upside down such as Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Chickadees, and others to access the suet feeder.

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Woodlink Going Green Upside Down Suet Bird Feeder

This is another upside down suet feeder that starlings cannot reach to feed from. It features a bright green roof and is made from a high quality wood. It measures 8 x 9 x 7 and holds two suet cakes or one tub of suet. It is also easy to clean and fill.

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Natures Way Cedar Upside Down Suet Box

This Upside Down Suet Box Feeder is made out of cedar and makes for an inexpensive, long-lasting way to offer suet in a way that will make it difficult for blue jays and starlings to feed from. Holds two cakes of suet and is priced right.

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Songbird Upside Down Cedar Suet Log

This unique songbird suet feeder is made from a cedar log and is extremely affordable priced under $20. Being an upside down feeder it will keep the pests away (or at least deter them and making it very difficult for them to feed) while attracting woodpeckers, chickadees, and more.

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Tips for Buying a Starling Proof Suet Feeder

If you are considering buying a starling proof suet feeder, here are some important tips that will help you make sure you get the right feeder for your needs.

What Type of Suet?: Suet comes in two main ways – either in cakes, which is the most popular option, or in large tubs. It is important that you buy the right type of suet for the feeder – you would have a hard time transferring the suet from a tub into a cake feeder for example.

Different Suets Will Attract Different Birds: This of course will vary depending on what area you live in and what types of birds nest in your neighborhood, but some birds will be more attracted to different types of seeds. For example, you may do better with sunflower seeds or you may do better with mixed seed varieties depending on the types of birds in your area.

Understanding Starlings: Starlings get a bad rap, but like other birds, they are just hungry and looking for food, especially in the winter months when food is scarce. Starlings rarely are able to feed upside down, which is why an upside down feeder is the only type of suet feeder that will successfully keep them at bay. We don’t recommend cage type of feeders, as starlings can often still find a way to access the seed, though the cage varieties do make it a bit more difficult for them to access.

Do you have any questions about keeping starlings away from your bird feeder or shopping for a starling proof suet feeder? We’d love to answer your questions in the comments section below!

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One Comment

  • Don Kula

    Hi, liked your article on the upside down suet feeder, but at my home (Alexandria Virginia) the Starlings love the upside down feeders and have decimated my suet. I am now at the point where I do not refill the feeder until a couple of weeks have gone by, hoping the starlings will move elsewhere. Unfortunately the flickers, wrens, downy’s and redbreast wood peckers don’t get to partake. Even the Cornell department of ornithology does not have an answer to how to keep these nasty birds out of the suet, other than taking them down. If you come up with any full proof method of keeping the starlings off of the suet, would love to hear about it.

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