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Birds do not like them, neither does the nuisance squirrel
on 13 March 2017
I made a huge mistake thinking that I could save a bit of money buying these, which are about £5 cheaper than the usual ones that I buy. Considering how quickly the birds and a nuisance squirrel were getting through them, I chose Chapelwood thinking that suet balls were suet balls and any saving would be welcome.
But the birds have clearly voted by their absence. The overall bird traffic to and from the garden has dramatically reduced and not a single fat ball has been touched, none are showing signs of even being pecked at.
The nuisance squirrel managed to knock off one of the suet ball feeders to the ground, causing it to spill open its contents on the lawn. Normally this would lead to the little critter eating the lot, but out of the 6 suet balls which the feeder usually contains, only 1 of the Chapelwood ones had been eaten/taken. Having left the strewn feeder on the lawn for 3 days following, not one of the remaining 5 has since been touched.
I have learnt my lesson, that extra £5 is worth every penny (my recommendation would be Erdtmanns). I can only hope that the birds are able to forgive me.