Replaced it with a feeder that I've had for years: reminds me of the Eiffel Tower and I like seeing it from my kitchen window. Summer menu includes popped corn and black sunflower seeds.
IN THE WINTER ONLY, I try to remember SUET. This is a no-melt recipe that I got from a birder in Oklahoma.
Here's what you'll need:
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup lard
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
Optional: Add small pieces of dried fruit, seeds and nuts
Combine the oats, cornmeal, flour and sugar in a large bowl. Melt the lard and peanut butter (in microwave) and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into a square pan about 2 inches deep until set, or spread it directly onto the tree limbs. The squirrels and raccoons certainly won't mind.
I've found SUET CAGES at Pet Stores, Home Improvement Stores or the dreaded big-box stores. Or, pour it into a basket and hang on the tree. I've even coated large pine cones with suet and wedged them between the branches.
Double or triple this recipe for Gift-giving OR if you live in a colder climate than SE Texas
What you don't use can be stored in the freezer.