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The main ingredient in our bird fat balls is suet, which comes from the fat that surrounds the kidney of large animals. Our bird fat balls make an ideal addition to your Winter bird food selection; suet helps to provide vital calories to birds when the weather is colder and they need more energy. However, they are also an important addition to year-round bird food selections. Suet is particularly favoured by most species of tit but it is also enjoyed by several other birds, including the Great spotted woodpecker. Buy fat balls if you want to attract a range of wild bird species to your garden throughout the year. Our original suet balls are net free, so they are safer for birds.

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The potentially harmful plastic netting usually found on suet balls is not included on our bird fat balls. This eliminates the possibility of birds getting entangled in the netting.

 Feed these original suet balls on a bird table or in a fat ball feeder.

Our fat balls are made from a combination of seeds, nuts, mealworms and suet. They are the perfect high energy food for birds during the colder months; their high fat content means that they help birds consume much-needed energy in a short space of time, which they need to keep warm when temperatures are low. However, our fat balls make an excellent addition to any garden throughout the year and will attract several species of wild bird no matter what season it is. 

Suet is especially favoured by most species of tit, but other species of bird including Great spotted woodpeckers will eat them.

Our bird fat balls are high quality, and are also supplied without netting -- which is not always the case with other cheap suet balls available to buy online. Some of the cheapest suet balls on the bird food market include a mesh net when they are delivered. If the netting is not removed before they are put out, this can lead to birds being injured and, in some cases, dying. 

Every time you purchase our original suet fat balls, suet pellets, super suet fat balls or any of our other bird foods, you are helping to support The Wildlife Trusts. Vine House Farm has donated over £1.9 million to local Trusts to date. 

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FAQ Title 1

How to hang wild bird fat balls

FAQ Content 1

If you have recently purchased fat balls for birds, how to hang them is an important factor to consider. 

 

For instance, when temperatures are hot, you should make sure that your fat balls are not hung anywhere where they are in direct sunlight. This could cause the suet in them to perish, which quickly germinates with bacteria and becomes inedible to birds. A way to avoid this is to hang fat balls in shaded areas during hot weather. 

 

You can hang wild bird fat balls:

  • In hegdegrows; 
  • Off tree branches; or
  • From a bird feeding station/pole.

 

Hedgerows are an ideal option for hanging wild bird fat balls, as they provide coverage to birds while they feed. This makes an ideal feeding area for birds -- especially smaller species -- which are wary of predators and prefer to have shelter when they eat. In order to hang suet balls from a hedge, you should first locate a thick branch that grows within it. You can use this to hang your fat balls on, either using a specially-designed hanging bird fat ball feeder. 

 

Alternatively, tree branches also make excellent places to hang fat balls. If you choose a thick branch, this will also attract bigger birds to your feeder, such as Great spotted woodpeckers. Again, you can place original fat balls and other suet products in a hanging fat ball feeder. 

 

If you do not have trees or hedges in your garden with which you can hang bird fat balls, you can also purchase a feeding pole. This can be placed upright in the ground, giving you something to hang your suet balls from. 

 

When hanging suet balls, you should also make sure that they are out of reach of other animals (like cats, dogs and squirrels) if they have access to your garden.  These animals will not only eat the suet, but they also frighten birds. If you are hanging the suet balls from branches, make sure these are high from the ground to avoid this issue. If you opt for a feeder that is lower to the ground and you think predators may be an issue, opt for a caged suet feeder. 

 

The best place to hang original suet balls also varies depending on which birds you wish to attract. For instance, fat ball feeders for woodpeckers tend to be more popular if they are placed near thicker branches or tree trunks, while most species of tit are smaller and are able to perch on thinner branches while they feed. On the other hand, ground-feeding birds like robins are more likely to eat suet if it is placed on a ground bird feeder or bird table

FAQ Title 2

Which bird feeders to use with bird fat balls

FAQ Content 2

 Fat ball feeders come in many different shapes and sizes. There are several options when it comes to finding which bird feeder you should use with bird fat balls. 

 

You can use a hanging bird feeder to hang suet balls, suet blocks, or suet pellets in. Suitable types include Flip Top Ball Feeders, and Nuttery Caged Feeders. This makes the bird food easier to access for a number of different suet-loving species, including tits, which tend to be smaller-bodied and able to easily perch on branches as they eat. 

 

If you choose, you can also place the balls directly on a bird table or on the ground. If placing in open areas, be wary of animals such as squirrels which may eat the suet. If you have an issue with squirrels or other predators, opt for a squirrel-proof suet feeder


Using different types of bird feeders is also useful if you wish to use other forms of bird feed, including peanuts, seed mixes and straight foods such as sunflower hearts. This then allows more birds to access the food at once, meaning you will have a higher chance of feeding more birds and attracting more species.

FAQ Title 3

When do you put out your fat balls?

FAQ Content 3

If you are wondering when to put out your fat balls, the most common answer is when the weather is colder. The most popular time to buy fat balls is in the Winter. During the cold months, birds (like most wild and outdoor animals) need to consume food with a higher fat content. This helps them to keep a crucial layer of fat, which fuels them during the Winter. All types of suet bird food give birds crucial energy.

 

However, you are not limited to Winter when it comes to putting out bird fat balls. These can be used all year round, and it is common to find them in many peoples' gardens every day of the year in the UK. 

FAQ Title 4

Are fat balls good for birds?

FAQ Content 4

Bird cake, food bars and suet fat balls are all excellent sources of food for birds. They provide plenty of calories and nutritional value, and using a mixture of these products can help to attract a mixture of hungry birds to your garden. 

 

Compared to some other types of bird feed, suet is higher in energy. This makes bird suet balls perfect options for the colder months; during Autumn and Winter, birds need access to quick forms of energy to keep warm and survive. 

 

Some bird fat balls come with netting. This netting can cause issues and injure birds if it is not removed when birds come to feed on them. This is because their feet and beaks can become caught in the mesh. Our original fat balls come with no net, which means this issue is not a concern when placing them in your garden.

FAQ Title 5

Which birds eat suet balls?

FAQ Content 5

Our wild bird fat balls are a valuable source of energy for a wide range of species; the tit family especially enjoys them.

 

Fat balls are commonplace in gardens; many species of birds love them.

 

They are most popular with species of tit and also with the Great spotted woodpecker, but many wild bird species -- big and small -- will eat suet if it is put out in a garden.  

 

Bird fat balls are usually consumed by the following species:

 


When feeding birds, it is important to bear in mind that different species prefer different food. Put bird fat balls in your garden along with other types of wild bird food to see the best results. This can include bird seeds (like seed mixes, sunflower seeds, or sunflower hearts) or livefoods (like mealworms).

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Sandra Ludgate

    100%

    They vanish quickly, the starlings are particularly keen on these.

    04/09/2020
  • Su Donley

    100%

    Very popular with all of the birds who have eaten in our garden. They go alot quicker than the food we put out.

    02/09/2020
  • Julia Tizzard

    100%

    Great that these come with no additional packaging & the birds just love them. Prompt & trouble-free delivery as always.

    02/09/2020
  • Linda Sweezey

    80%

    Very good. Some slightly broken balls but overall arrived in acceptable condition.

    01/09/2020
  • Marion Collins

    100%

    I put 4 in 2 feeders in the morning and they are gone by evening. Very popular.

    31/08/2020
  • Ruth Wood

    100%

    Good quality and very popular with my horde of starlings

    31/08/2020
  • Ann Allen

    100%

    The small birds, I.e. Tits, blue great , coal and long tailed, love the fat balls.

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular. Tends to get monopolised by magpies and parakeets though

    31/08/2020
  • Daphne Watkins

    100%

    I fill three feeders about every other day. I am sure a message goes out “ hey guys the feeders have been filled”! My birds are blue tits, great tits, sparrows, and recently long tailed tits. There is a robin who has tried to feed from the feeder but normally he is underneath clearing the suet from the ground.

    31/08/2020
  • Angela Parkin

    80%

    The birds love the fat balls but this time quite a few were broken. They are still useable for ground feeders if very crumbled.

    31/08/2020
  • Linda Clark

    100%

    All the birds love them and the feeders are always full

    31/08/2020
  • Margaret Beattie

    100%

    Excellent they don’t last long .

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds love the fat balls!

    31/08/2020
  • Alan Evans

    100%

    31/08/2020
  • Ian Phillips

    80%

    31/08/2020
  • Gillian Shipp

    100%

    Good value and the birds love them

    31/08/2020
  • Patricia Manning

    100%

    The birds eat them every day so the balls are a welcome addition

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Birds love these, can’t get enough. In fact I need more space on the feeder pole. More fat balls on display means more birds trying to feed, help...

    31/08/2020
  • Lynne Bacciochi

    100%

    Birds get through eight fat balls every day, they are addicted to tem

    17/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The parent birds and young ones have devoured these suet fat balls. Very popular thank you.

    03/08/2020
  • John Mirfin

    100%

    First class

    01/08/2020
  • Caroline Lewis

    80%

    Good quality and the birds loved them but they suffered in transit so there were a number of "bits" that couldn't be used in the feeder - the ground feeders appreciated them, though.

    31/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The birds love them and that's what counts!

    31/07/2020
  • Ann Rahman

    100%

    Fat balls are definitely rated very good by a flock of more than 12 sparrows that have all the skills of blue tits and the rapacity of starlings. They demolish 4 at a time after they have cleared out the seeds; both feeder are empty in one and a half days. Wood and feral pigeons, and dunnocks hang about on the ground below for what falls. It seems that no other birds get a look in.

    31/07/2020
  • Daphne Watkins

    80%

    The birds love them! No complaints except if I am late in refilling the feeders!

    30/07/2020
  • Cynthia cronin

    100%

    Another quality product from Vine house Farm. i did comparison tests with a batch of suet balls purchased from a supermarket and your product was chosen by the garden birds every time!

    30/07/2020
  • Rosemary Sargent

    100%

    Very popular with our gangs of noisy juvenile starlings! House sparrows occasionally get a look in and great tits, blue tits and coal tits enjoy them when they can. Ground feeders pick up the fallen crumbs.

    30/07/2020
  • Derek Garner

    100%

    Birds Love it

    30/07/2020
  • Wilson Paterson

    100%

    Very popular with the starlings in particular. Excellent value.

    30/07/2020
  • Sue daly

    100%

    The local wild birds like these very much- especially this time of year when they are feeding their young. Prompt delivery and well packaged, no complaints at all.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The fat balls are an excellent product and much-loved by the birds in my garden. However, quite a number of the fat balls were crumbled up at the bottom of the box when they were delivered, and in fact, left a trail of crumbs through the hall. There was no lining paper in the box which might have helped to keep them together. Otherwise, I am very pleased with them.

    30/07/2020
  • Andrew Marfleet

    100%

    Arrived slightly later than our main order, because of no immediate availability, but worth waiting for. Very popular with sparrows, starlings and tits, and even a great spotted woodpecker.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our resident flock of tree sparrows can't get enough of these. They have learned to cling on to the fat ball feeder - so have the blackbirds and starlings. All types of tit love them and Woody Woodpecker tries his luck occasionally, too. There's always a woodpigeon waiting underneath the feeder waiting for the bits that fall down. I love that we can source them in a large quantity packed in a cardboard box - I repack them into plastic tubs left over from other brands so that we are not buying into more single-use plastic. So they seem like a winner all round.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All the birds love these; even mor3e than the loose seed.

    30/07/2020
  • Jennifer Hall

    80%

    The birds love them. I cut them up so they go in my square feeder until the flip top feeder arrives.

    30/07/2020
  • Lyn Tuck

    100%

    I have tried many different makes to have them still hanging and mouldy, not these 6 eaten per day

    30/07/2020
  • William Martin costello

    100%

    30/07/2020
  • Margot Metcalfe

    80%

    Great for our sparrows - using 10 a day! however, bottom layer of box of 150 broken up and difficult to use.

    30/07/2020
  • Sue Large

    100%

    Very pleased with this product and buy regularly. Delivery always very prompt, though slightly slower at the moment!

    30/07/2020
  • Wendy Bolt

    100%

    The birds are wolfing these so fast that they don't last long! they love them

    30/07/2020
  • Ken Ward

    80%

    The suet fat balls are very good and very popular with the sparrows and blue tits - BUT, cramming 150 into a 100 box meant that many were crushed into crumbs when they were delivered.

    30/07/2020
  • Nigel Carpenter

    100%

    Birds eat them but don't say much.

    30/07/2020
  • David Stadalink

    100%

    It took the birds a while to take to these as they were used to the Super Suet Balls but once they started they were queuing up to get at them. The Starlings and Sparrows were really comical to watch they put on a great show in these mad times.

    30/07/2020
  • Dave Freak

    100%

    The birds in my garden clearly approve as I'm topping up the feeders daily, if not twice per day. So 300 fat balls at a good price also gets my approval.

    30/07/2020
  • Kelly Davies

    80%

    Better value to buy the jumbo box (150) but don't know whether they had been shaken about in transit too much s there was a lot 'bittiness' in the box. The birds didn't have a problem with some of the balls being mis-shapen/broken and they have really loved them.

    18/07/2020
  • Randell Moll

    100%

    Flocks of long-tailed tits earlier in the year loved them. Several other birds, especially blue tits, enjoy them and yesterday we had over twenty-five starlings queuing to reach them through the bars of the squirrel-proof feeder. I’ll have to order more this week or there will be a riot!

    08/07/2020
  • Keith Young

    80%

    Very good. I shall be ordering more.

    30/06/2020
  • Rosemary Sargent

    100%

    I bought these as my last order of “super suet” fat balls were gobbled up incredibly quickly by hordes of juv starlings. It took a day or 2 before these were as popular but the birds have eaten them with relish. Am having to refill the feeders very quickly. I noticed the catalogue said birds may not eat these if they had previously been fed “super suet”- but they did! It just took a few days before they gave in- the others were easier to demolish!

    30/06/2020
  • Adrian Foster

    100%

    Great quality fatballs. They arrived promptly and the birds love them!

    29/06/2020
  • Ashley Hoare

    80%

    Quality of product good but approximately 20% unusable as they were damaged during transit.

    29/06/2020

The potentially harmful plastic netting usually found on suet balls is not included on our bird fat balls. This eliminates the possibility of birds getting entangled in the netting.

 Feed these original suet balls on a bird table or in a fat ball feeder.

Our fat balls are made from a combination of seeds, nuts, mealworms and suet. They are the perfect high energy food for birds during the colder months; their high fat content means that they help birds consume much-needed energy in a short space of time, which they need to keep warm when temperatures are low. However, our fat balls make an excellent addition to any garden throughout the year and will attract several species of wild bird no matter what season it is. 

Suet is especially favoured by most species of tit, but other species of bird including Great spotted woodpeckers will eat them.

Our bird fat balls are high quality, and are also supplied without netting -- which is not always the case with other cheap suet balls available to buy online. Some of the cheapest suet balls on the bird food market include a mesh net when they are delivered. If the netting is not removed before they are put out, this can lead to birds being injured and, in some cases, dying. 

Every time you purchase our original suet fat balls, suet pellets, super suet fat balls or any of our other bird foods, you are helping to support The Wildlife Trusts. Vine House Farm has donated over £1.9 million to local Trusts to date. 

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Sandra Ludgate

    100%

    They vanish quickly, the starlings are particularly keen on these.

    04/09/2020
  • Su Donley

    100%

    Very popular with all of the birds who have eaten in our garden. They go alot quicker than the food we put out.

    02/09/2020
  • Julia Tizzard

    100%

    Great that these come with no additional packaging & the birds just love them. Prompt & trouble-free delivery as always.

    02/09/2020
  • Linda Sweezey

    80%

    Very good. Some slightly broken balls but overall arrived in acceptable condition.

    01/09/2020
  • Marion Collins

    100%

    I put 4 in 2 feeders in the morning and they are gone by evening. Very popular.

    31/08/2020
  • Ruth Wood

    100%

    Good quality and very popular with my horde of starlings

    31/08/2020
  • Ann Allen

    100%

    The small birds, I.e. Tits, blue great , coal and long tailed, love the fat balls.

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular. Tends to get monopolised by magpies and parakeets though

    31/08/2020
  • Daphne Watkins

    100%

    I fill three feeders about every other day. I am sure a message goes out “ hey guys the feeders have been filled”! My birds are blue tits, great tits, sparrows, and recently long tailed tits. There is a robin who has tried to feed from the feeder but normally he is underneath clearing the suet from the ground.

    31/08/2020
  • Angela Parkin

    80%

    The birds love the fat balls but this time quite a few were broken. They are still useable for ground feeders if very crumbled.

    31/08/2020
  • Linda Clark

    100%

    All the birds love them and the feeders are always full

    31/08/2020
  • Margaret Beattie

    100%

    Excellent they don’t last long .

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds love the fat balls!

    31/08/2020
  • Alan Evans

    100%

    31/08/2020
  • Ian Phillips

    80%

    31/08/2020
  • Gillian Shipp

    100%

    Good value and the birds love them

    31/08/2020
  • Patricia Manning

    100%

    The birds eat them every day so the balls are a welcome addition

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Birds love these, can’t get enough. In fact I need more space on the feeder pole. More fat balls on display means more birds trying to feed, help...

    31/08/2020
  • Lynne Bacciochi

    100%

    Birds get through eight fat balls every day, they are addicted to tem

    17/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The parent birds and young ones have devoured these suet fat balls. Very popular thank you.

    03/08/2020
  • John Mirfin

    100%

    First class

    01/08/2020
  • Caroline Lewis

    80%

    Good quality and the birds loved them but they suffered in transit so there were a number of "bits" that couldn't be used in the feeder - the ground feeders appreciated them, though.

    31/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The birds love them and that's what counts!

    31/07/2020
  • Ann Rahman

    100%

    Fat balls are definitely rated very good by a flock of more than 12 sparrows that have all the skills of blue tits and the rapacity of starlings. They demolish 4 at a time after they have cleared out the seeds; both feeder are empty in one and a half days. Wood and feral pigeons, and dunnocks hang about on the ground below for what falls. It seems that no other birds get a look in.

    31/07/2020
  • Daphne Watkins

    80%

    The birds love them! No complaints except if I am late in refilling the feeders!

    30/07/2020
  • Cynthia cronin

    100%

    Another quality product from Vine house Farm. i did comparison tests with a batch of suet balls purchased from a supermarket and your product was chosen by the garden birds every time!

    30/07/2020
  • Rosemary Sargent

    100%

    Very popular with our gangs of noisy juvenile starlings! House sparrows occasionally get a look in and great tits, blue tits and coal tits enjoy them when they can. Ground feeders pick up the fallen crumbs.

    30/07/2020
  • Derek Garner

    100%

    Birds Love it

    30/07/2020
  • Wilson Paterson

    100%

    Very popular with the starlings in particular. Excellent value.

    30/07/2020
  • Sue daly

    100%

    The local wild birds like these very much- especially this time of year when they are feeding their young. Prompt delivery and well packaged, no complaints at all.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The fat balls are an excellent product and much-loved by the birds in my garden. However, quite a number of the fat balls were crumbled up at the bottom of the box when they were delivered, and in fact, left a trail of crumbs through the hall. There was no lining paper in the box which might have helped to keep them together. Otherwise, I am very pleased with them.

    30/07/2020
  • Andrew Marfleet

    100%

    Arrived slightly later than our main order, because of no immediate availability, but worth waiting for. Very popular with sparrows, starlings and tits, and even a great spotted woodpecker.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our resident flock of tree sparrows can't get enough of these. They have learned to cling on to the fat ball feeder - so have the blackbirds and starlings. All types of tit love them and Woody Woodpecker tries his luck occasionally, too. There's always a woodpigeon waiting underneath the feeder waiting for the bits that fall down. I love that we can source them in a large quantity packed in a cardboard box - I repack them into plastic tubs left over from other brands so that we are not buying into more single-use plastic. So they seem like a winner all round.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All the birds love these; even mor3e than the loose seed.

    30/07/2020
  • Jennifer Hall

    80%

    The birds love them. I cut them up so they go in my square feeder until the flip top feeder arrives.

    30/07/2020
  • Lyn Tuck

    100%

    I have tried many different makes to have them still hanging and mouldy, not these 6 eaten per day

    30/07/2020
  • William Martin costello

    100%

    30/07/2020
  • Margot Metcalfe

    80%

    Great for our sparrows - using 10 a day! however, bottom layer of box of 150 broken up and difficult to use.

    30/07/2020
  • Sue Large

    100%

    Very pleased with this product and buy regularly. Delivery always very prompt, though slightly slower at the moment!

    30/07/2020
  • Wendy Bolt

    100%

    The birds are wolfing these so fast that they don't last long! they love them

    30/07/2020
  • Ken Ward

    80%

    The suet fat balls are very good and very popular with the sparrows and blue tits - BUT, cramming 150 into a 100 box meant that many were crushed into crumbs when they were delivered.

    30/07/2020
  • Nigel Carpenter

    100%

    Birds eat them but don't say much.

    30/07/2020
  • David Stadalink

    100%

    It took the birds a while to take to these as they were used to the Super Suet Balls but once they started they were queuing up to get at them. The Starlings and Sparrows were really comical to watch they put on a great show in these mad times.

    30/07/2020
  • Dave Freak

    100%

    The birds in my garden clearly approve as I'm topping up the feeders daily, if not twice per day. So 300 fat balls at a good price also gets my approval.

    30/07/2020
  • Kelly Davies

    80%

    Better value to buy the jumbo box (150) but don't know whether they had been shaken about in transit too much s there was a lot 'bittiness' in the box. The birds didn't have a problem with some of the balls being mis-shapen/broken and they have really loved them.

    18/07/2020
  • Randell Moll

    100%

    Flocks of long-tailed tits earlier in the year loved them. Several other birds, especially blue tits, enjoy them and yesterday we had over twenty-five starlings queuing to reach them through the bars of the squirrel-proof feeder. I’ll have to order more this week or there will be a riot!

    08/07/2020
  • Keith Young

    80%

    Very good. I shall be ordering more.

    30/06/2020
  • Rosemary Sargent

    100%

    I bought these as my last order of “super suet” fat balls were gobbled up incredibly quickly by hordes of juv starlings. It took a day or 2 before these were as popular but the birds have eaten them with relish. Am having to refill the feeders very quickly. I noticed the catalogue said birds may not eat these if they had previously been fed “super suet”- but they did! It just took a few days before they gave in- the others were easier to demolish!

    30/06/2020
  • Adrian Foster

    100%

    Great quality fatballs. They arrived promptly and the birds love them!

    29/06/2020
  • Ashley Hoare

    80%

    Quality of product good but approximately 20% unusable as they were damaged during transit.

    29/06/2020

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How to hang wild bird fat balls

If you have recently purchased fat balls for birds, how to hang them is an important factor to consider. 

 

For instance, when temperatures are hot, you should make sure that your fat balls are not hung anywhere where they are in direct sunlight. This could cause the suet in them to perish, which quickly germinates with bacteria and becomes inedible to birds. A way to avoid this is to hang fat balls in shaded areas during hot weather. 

 

You can hang wild bird fat balls:

  • In hegdegrows; 
  • Off tree branches; or
  • From a bird feeding station/pole.

 

Hedgerows are an ideal option for hanging wild bird fat balls, as they provide coverage to birds while they feed. This makes an ideal feeding area for birds -- especially smaller species -- which are wary of predators and prefer to have shelter when they eat. In order to hang suet balls from a hedge, you should first locate a thick branch that grows within it. You can use this to hang your fat balls on, either using a specially-designed hanging bird fat ball feeder. 

 

Alternatively, tree branches also make excellent places to hang fat balls. If you choose a thick branch, this will also attract bigger birds to your feeder, such as Great spotted woodpeckers. Again, you can place original fat balls and other suet products in a hanging fat ball feeder. 

 

If you do not have trees or hedges in your garden with which you can hang bird fat balls, you can also purchase a feeding pole. This can be placed upright in the ground, giving you something to hang your suet balls from. 

 

When hanging suet balls, you should also make sure that they are out of reach of other animals (like cats, dogs and squirrels) if they have access to your garden.  These animals will not only eat the suet, but they also frighten birds. If you are hanging the suet balls from branches, make sure these are high from the ground to avoid this issue. If you opt for a feeder that is lower to the ground and you think predators may be an issue, opt for a caged suet feeder. 

 

The best place to hang original suet balls also varies depending on which birds you wish to attract. For instance, fat ball feeders for woodpeckers tend to be more popular if they are placed near thicker branches or tree trunks, while most species of tit are smaller and are able to perch on thinner branches while they feed. On the other hand, ground-feeding birds like robins are more likely to eat suet if it is placed on a ground bird feeder or bird table

Which bird feeders to use with bird fat balls

 Fat ball feeders come in many different shapes and sizes. There are several options when it comes to finding which bird feeder you should use with bird fat balls. 

 

You can use a hanging bird feeder to hang suet balls, suet blocks, or suet pellets in. Suitable types include Flip Top Ball Feeders, and Nuttery Caged Feeders. This makes the bird food easier to access for a number of different suet-loving species, including tits, which tend to be smaller-bodied and able to easily perch on branches as they eat. 

 

If you choose, you can also place the balls directly on a bird table or on the ground. If placing in open areas, be wary of animals such as squirrels which may eat the suet. If you have an issue with squirrels or other predators, opt for a squirrel-proof suet feeder


Using different types of bird feeders is also useful if you wish to use other forms of bird feed, including peanuts, seed mixes and straight foods such as sunflower hearts. This then allows more birds to access the food at once, meaning you will have a higher chance of feeding more birds and attracting more species.

When do you put out your fat balls?

If you are wondering when to put out your fat balls, the most common answer is when the weather is colder. The most popular time to buy fat balls is in the Winter. During the cold months, birds (like most wild and outdoor animals) need to consume food with a higher fat content. This helps them to keep a crucial layer of fat, which fuels them during the Winter. All types of suet bird food give birds crucial energy.

 

However, you are not limited to Winter when it comes to putting out bird fat balls. These can be used all year round, and it is common to find them in many peoples' gardens every day of the year in the UK. 

Are fat balls good for birds?

Bird cake, food bars and suet fat balls are all excellent sources of food for birds. They provide plenty of calories and nutritional value, and using a mixture of these products can help to attract a mixture of hungry birds to your garden. 

 

Compared to some other types of bird feed, suet is higher in energy. This makes bird suet balls perfect options for the colder months; during Autumn and Winter, birds need access to quick forms of energy to keep warm and survive. 

 

Some bird fat balls come with netting. This netting can cause issues and injure birds if it is not removed when birds come to feed on them. This is because their feet and beaks can become caught in the mesh. Our original fat balls come with no net, which means this issue is not a concern when placing them in your garden.

Which birds eat suet balls?

Our wild bird fat balls are a valuable source of energy for a wide range of species; the tit family especially enjoys them.

 

Fat balls are commonplace in gardens; many species of birds love them.

 

They are most popular with species of tit and also with the Great spotted woodpecker, but many wild bird species -- big and small -- will eat suet if it is put out in a garden.  

 

Bird fat balls are usually consumed by the following species:

 


When feeding birds, it is important to bear in mind that different species prefer different food. Put bird fat balls in your garden along with other types of wild bird food to see the best results. This can include bird seeds (like seed mixes, sunflower seeds, or sunflower hearts) or livefoods (like mealworms).

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