Suet Dough, Mealworms & More
Lots of Food = Lots of Birds
It is well-known that the more variety you offer in the way of bird foods, the bigger the variety of birds you are likely to attract. Three of the most popular foods are Suet Doughs, Bark Butter and Mealworms. Placed close to seed feeders or other parts of the yard, once the birds discover these foods, they will love you for them! Each of the products is described below.
Feed Suet Dough All Year Long
Wild Birds Unlimited's suet dough is made to be fed all year long. It is fun and exciting to see the different kinds of birds that can be attracted by providing these foods. Wild Birds Unlimited's suet dough is a high-energy fat substance produced from a rendered, high-quality beef kidney fat mixed with finely ground corn and oats. The latter give it a high melting temperature, allowing it to be used all year long. It is especially helpful to birds when their natural food source is hard to find (during winter months) or when the birds are nesting (when we emphasize foods with calcium) and raising their young. It is a treat to watch birds bring their young to suet feeders in the summer months.
WBU in Torrance offers a wide variety of suet dough products. Once the birds become used to the feeder, they will eat suet dough (all varieties) all year long.
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Mealworms Are For The Birds!
Mealworms are a great way to attract birds that don’t ordinarily come to seed feeders. Many birds eat insects naturally, so feeding mealworms to the birds is a natural thing to do. Many local birds are potential consumers of mealworms, including Black Phoebes, Western Scrub-jays, all the warblers (among our most colorful birds), towhees, gnatcatchers, wrens, mockingbirds and more. And don't forget Red-breasted Nuthatches who are frequently in our area during the winter months. They have been know to take mealworms from a feeder a rate of three per minute.
Mealworms are the larvae of the beetle Tenebrio molitor (the Flour beetle, a member of the Darkling beetle complex). They are a very high source of protein for the birds. To maintain the larvae in a state of dormancy, they should be refrigerated at 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (lower temperatures can kill the larvae), preferably in bran. You can keep mealworms for several weeks and they will maintain their dormant state. If you keep them longer, simply put them on the counter with a chunk of carrot in the container for several hours to let them rejuvenate.
Birds typically look for food around the same time each day, so you can place worms in a feeder or tray at the same time the birds regularly visit. Make sure the birds can access the feeder but that the worms can’t crawl out! Some Wild Birds Unlimited feeders to consider are the Dinner Bell and the SideDish™ feeders.