I have a bird suet feeder cage that hangs on my sundeck. I hung the suet cage shortly after moving in five years ago from a board that sticks out past the roof. There are hooks conveniently hung around the perimeter, courtesy of a past resident.
My suet cage’s chain broke about a year ago, but I fixed that problem with some handy, dandy baling twine – the country woman’s answer to duct tape!
It was a black cage, a sturdy little unit, that I filled with store bought suet, and these birds pretty much eat me out of house and home in suet. I have robins, finches, blue jays, and woodpeckers who are frequent diners at the bird suet cage.
One day I came outside and noticed the suet cage lying on the grass. Darn thing. How could that baling twine break? I picked it up, noticed there was nothing wrong with the baling twine, and looped it back onto its hook.
It left me wondering how did that happen. One of the hungry birds must have really got that thing moving for the loop to slip off the hook. Or maybe it was just a really big bird and it pulled the cage off. This had never happened before, but there’s always a first time.
A couple of days later I came outside and noticed the bird suet cage was missing. I leaned over the sundeck, expecting to see it lying on the ground, but it was nowhere in sight. I wandered around the yard looking for it, but it still hasn’t turned up.
We have raccoons in the area, and my best guess is a raccoon got up on the roof, where its a small drop to the overhang board, and stole the suet feeder. It might have been the raccoon that knocked it to the ground a week ago, and didn’t go down to retrieve it that time. I still don’t think a raccoon would take a suet cage too far. Although its not heavy at all for a human, it would be somewhat awkward for a raccoon to try to move one too far away.
I soon notice I have hungry birds swooping around my sundeck looking for the suet cage. I went grocery shopping at Walmart and picked up a new suet cage.
It’s a green one and appears to be a little flimsier than the sturdy black one, but it’s getting the job done.
To prepare against further disappearances, I have anchored the suet cage to a post, using – what else – baling twine!
The case of the mysterious disappearance of the bird suet cage. One of life’s unexplained mysteries!
And a little tip when it comes to buying suet, I like to buy a multi pack because it’s cheaper than buying the individual blocks, and this way I know I always have some on hand. Sometimes it seems like my feathered friends are eating me out of house and home in suet and I’m putting in a new cake every couple of days!
Another little tip – suet is sold for a buck each at the dollar store!
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Published by Cheryl @ The Lifestyle Digs on April 12, 2020 and updated on November 27, 2022.
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