This winter, my yard could aptly be nicknamed “An Ode to Suet.” While doing photography for my article on How to Make a Suet Bird Feeder, I made a huge batch of homemade suet feeders in all shapes and sizes, and I wasn’t about to let them go to waste, particularly during a season when there’s so little to do in the garden. So I set about hanging the feeders in the yard, and by the time I had finished, my trees, shrubs, plant hangers, and anything else that would stand still, were decorated with a little ornament of fat and seed as a treat for the winter birds.

After watching the birds out the windows during the last snowstorm, I decided to take a little tour this sunny past weekend to see how the feeders were coming along. What I found was that they were… gone. And when I say gone, I mean GONE – the seed and fat were demolished, and the jute twine was stolen to feather someone’s spring nest. Every scrap of the project had disappeared, except for a couple of empty recyclable plastic trays lying on the ground.

Sweet suet success! What a satisfying end to an easy and fun garden project that I’ll be sure to repeat. But now that we’ve rounded the corner toward spring (with sweltering summer not far behind), I won’t be festooning my yard with quite as many suet feeders. Instead, I’ll be scrubbing and hanging out my hummingbird feeders and continuing to put out regular seed for the squirrels – er, birds – to enjoy. They’ve come to expect it, and I wouldn’t want to disappoint!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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