Updated at: 13-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

The suet cage feeder is a complete perching place, therefore it’s easy to think that a feeder without a perch is a mistake.

Backyard birds spotted at a suet feeder do not require a perch because they are able to feed themselves by clinging to the cage from any angle. A suet feeder’s cage can be positioned in any orientation, and a twig up to 10 inches in length can be attached to the feeder with wire.

Suet Feeder With Perch

A suet cake or fat ball bird feeder does not require a perch, unlike other types of feeders such as seed feeders and hummingbird feeders.

All birds, except hummingbirds, can’t hover, hence a perch is necessary for feeders that provide food in ports or open trays; certain birds also need a perch in order to land on the feeder.

Even without a perch, most birds that have been accustomed to eating from cage suet feeders will continue to do so with little apparent distress.

For the simple reason that birds like chickadees, woodpeckers, sparrows, and many others perch on the cage bars.

Only this one isn’t a 45-degree-angled plank of wood serving as a perch; it’s a cage that allows the birds to feed from either side, even upside down like chickadees.

When birds discover suet feeders hung from a tree or a bracket, they can freely feed from them.

While a tree branch may seem like the most appropriate perch for your suet cage bird feeder, the truth is that you can simply lay the feeder on its side, raised slightly off the ground, and the birds will be able to reach the food with ease.

NO perch on suet feeders

In contrast to nectar-filled hummingbird feeders and clear tube seed feeders, suet feeders do not necessitate perches.

Since wild birds can easily cling to the metal cage of a suet feeder, it is unnecessary to provide an additional perch there.

Because of this, the entire perimeter of the cage is suitable for use as a perch in suet bird feeders.

A squirrel resistant suet feeder can be used to discourage squirrels and other pesty bigger birds; providing them with a perch would only encourage them.

Chickadees, the entire family of woodpeckers, and even nuthatches can all be attracted to a suet feeder, while Starlings and other pest birds might be tolerated if a perch were provided.

A perch placed next to a suet feeder is the equivalent of attaching a suet cake holder to a hopper bird feeder. Having a perch designed for use on a suet feeder is, to put it mildly, unique.

The birds can still cling to the cage while eating from a suet block feeder, fat ball feeder, or even an upside down suet feeder.

Cage itself allows all birds to cling

Suet Feeder With Perch-2

A suet feeder lacks a perch area while seed tube feeders typically feature two perches facing one other.

Considering that birds can perch in any direction on a suet bird feeder, it can be tricky to choose where the perch will be put given that the feeder is made of long-lasting plastic coated metal wire.

Furthermore, I think we can all agree that a perch of any kind would look out of place on a suet cake or fat ball feeder, two of the most basic types of bird food available.

For sure, and it also helps bigger birds that might have trouble perching on a cage feeder.

The suet in a cage feeder will be exposed to the outdoors, but the feeder itself will hold suet of any shape.

To get to the suet, the birds will need to be able to hold to the cage while poking their bills inside.

In a suet cake feeder, the more nimble birds can cling to it in any direction; but, if you allow all birds to feed in this manner, the larger birds will perch on an adjacent perch, such as a bracket or branch, since it is within their inclination to do so.

Situate suet feeder on surface alternative

Really, forget about a perch on a suet feeder; for one thing, it’ll be difficult to locate a suet bird feeder that has a perch.

The suet cake or fat ball feeder can save you hanging space, thus the best place to hang it is between other bird feeders.

Now, if this identical suet feeder had a potential full 10 inch perch, there will be nowhere to hang it without problems.

If you have birds that would like to eat suet but aren’t adapted to it, you’ll need to bring down the hanging feeder.

As an alternative to a perch, you can put the suet cage feeder on a flat area in your yard. Ideally, a suet feeder would be positioned atop a platform feeder to attract more birds.

A suet feeder can be hung from a tree branch or a bird feeder pole bracket, although it is not need to be hung.

If the suet feeder cage keeps tipping over, you can lay it on its side or use anything to keep the fat ball feeder from moving.

Putting out suet on a platform bird feeder, which may be placed on its side on a porch railing or a piece of garden furniture, will attract all of the typical backyard birds.

Perch can be mounted option

Suet Feeder With Perch-3

A perch on a suet feeder is unnecessary and looks out of place, so I recommend doing away with the idea altogether.

You might possibly attach your own perch to a suet feeder, though.

In order to attach a perch to a suet feeder, it must be designed to accommodate that particular feeder, whether it be a suet cake or fat ball feeder.

To hang either of these suet bird feeders, just break off a mature, robust, thick twig from a shrub or tree and slip it through the feeder’s cage. Afterward, you’d use some wire to secure the twig.

In the end, you’ll have a full-length twig lying flat with prongs extending outward some 3–4 inches on either side.

Though it’s not strictly necessary, I would recommend attaching a perch to your suet feeder. Having a perch attached to a suet feeder will entice more clumsy birds to visit, which is good because it reduces the likelihood of food going to waste.

A suet feeder, much less one with a perch, isn’t necessary to attract these birds.

To view larger birds utilizing the suet feeder as usual, secure the twig to the sucker securely.


Because perches are unnecessary for suet feeders, you will never find a suet feeder for sale that includes one.

Even while perches are commonly found on other types of bird feeders, you shouldn’t worry too much about the lack of one on a suet feeder.

Birds of the wild are perfectly capable of perching on the cage of a suet feeder, rather than using the uniform perch provided by, say, a clear tube feeder filled with seeds or nectar.

Only the species of birds you want to eat your suet will be able to do so without much problem on their part.

By tipping the cage on its side, the suet cake or fat ball feeder can still be used to attract a variety of birds without having to remove it from its usual perch on a tree limb or a bracket on a bird feeder pole.

Birds that previously used a suet feeder that might have toppled over from the weight of the birds as they fed would now have an easier time using one that is fixed to the ground.

And now that we have a natural perching spot close to the suet feeder, larger birds can take advantage of it, or they will likely perch on top of the feeder to eat.

In addition to being ineffective if predators or unwanted animals gain access to the suet, this strategy is useless if larger birds are driving away the smaller, more sociable species.

If the suet is to remain suspended from the feeder, a perch can be attached to the feeder, and a twig of about ten inches’ length can be used to create a makeshift perch.

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