Aldi Birdseed and Suet

I like to feed the birds in my backyard, but it’s a hobby that can get expensive, depending on how much you feed the birds and what type of food you use. Enter Aldi.

Several times a year, Aldi sells a range of bird-feeding products, including sunflower seeds and suet as well as bird feeders and bird baths, and even hooks for hanging bird feeders. Let’s take a look at some of the options.

Gardenline Shepherd's Hook

Part of my back yard bird-feeding area. This shepherds hook is from Aldi.

St. Albans Bay Suet Plus High Energy Wild Bird Suet

St. Albans Bay Suet Plus High Energy Wild Bird Suet

These suet cakes cost $7.99 at the time of publication and come in a 10-pack cardboard box. Most 10-pack boxes of suet at big box stores or hardware stores are about $10, or $1 per cake. Suet cakes cost more in other stores if you buy them individually in a plastic tray, upping the cost to $1.29 to $1.50 unless they’re on sale. At Aldi, you can only buy suet in a 10-pack, and the Aldi suet cakes are approximately 80 cents a piece. The case weight is 6 lbs., 14 oz.

St. Albans Bay Suet Plus High Energy Wild Bird Suet

St. Albans Bay Suet Plus High Energy Wild Bird Suet

Each cake is in an “easy open” plastic wrapper, and the box claims the cakes use eco-friendly packaging. It states, “Our wrappers use 80% less packaging by weight than suet in a tray. That means fewer trucks on the road, less energy consumption and reduced environmental impact. And our packaging is 100% recyclable!”

I can easily recycle the box in my curbside recycling bin, but I don’t know if any facilities near me would accept the plastic wrappers, so I’m not sure about the 100% recyclable claim.

The box says the suet cakes have a high melt point formula, so they are less likely to fall apart during warmer weather. The box recommends refrigerating before use for easier handling. I simply store my suet cakes year-round in a rodent-proof metal trash can with a lid in my garage, and I have never had any trouble or messes while opening the packaging or handling the cakes.

Cake ingredients are: rendered beef suet, cracked corn, millet, and black oil sunflower seeds.

The suet cakes are manufactured by Wildlife Sciences in Minnetonka, Minn. The company sells a variety of suet products and suet feeders.

In my experience, Aldi’s suet cakes have attracted birds at the same rate as suet cakes I’ve purchased from my locally owned hardware store and from big box stores like Walmart or Home Depot. In my Midwestern backyard, I frequently see downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, juncos, chickadees, cardinals, wrens, and even robins eating this suet, along with various sparrows and finches, and a few starlings. I sometimes prefer feeding suet over sunflower seeds because it is less messy and attracts fewer undesirable or less desirable birds. The squirrels, while not completely disinterested, also don’t pay as much attention to suet.

The only downside is that Aldi’s suet is not available for purchase year-round, so I usually buy an extra box or two when it is in stores.

Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Aldi black oil sunflower seed

Aldi also sells bags of sunflower seeds sometimes. A while back, I purchased a 20-lb. bag manufactured by Global Harvest Foods, Ltd. of Seattle, Wash., which makes a variety of bird-feeding products including seeds, suet, and even chicken scratch.

The only ingredient in this bag is black oil sunflower seeds.

The bag recommends storing in a cool, dry, and shaded place such as a garage, shed, or patio storage box. I store it in the same metal trash can with a lid that I keep my suet cakes in.

People with allergies should know that the birdseed is manufactured in a facility that handles major allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and soy products.

I’ve always had success feeding my backyard birds — and squirrels, although not on purpose — with Aldi’s black oil sunflower seeds. I get quite a few cardinals, which are always nice to see. As with Aldi’s suet, this is only available in stores a few times a year, so I usually buy more than one bag.

The Verdict:

Aldi sells suet, sunflower seeds, and sometimes even bird feeders or hooks for hanging bird feeders as Special Buys (ALDI Finds) at different times throughout the year. If you like feeding birds, Aldi’s products are worth a try.

About Rachael

Rachael is a freelance writer and editor. You can read more of her work at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

2 Comments

  1. Note, these are slightly smaller than individual suet cakes you buy at discount stores.
    I also find that the more complex cakes with seeds and fruit, attract more birds more often. These less so. None the less, I still get these…
    For massive sunflower bags, I have not bought from Aldi because they are usually sold out! But, when I bought a big, cheap bag from Ace recently, it was very dirty and dusty. I think that is how those big bags are so cheap. They are not cleaning the seeds as much as the smaller clear bags you see for more money in discount stores. There is no way to measure the dirt and dust but, it probably makes the “discount” of these big bags a bit less than you think. It also makes your feeder just completely disgusting with the seed dirt and dust when you fill it.
    If peoples experience with the Aldi seed has been a clean one, let us know.

    • I generally haven’t found Aldi’s seed bags to be any more dusty or dirty compared to bags I buy at big box stores or at my locally owned hardware/garden store, but I haven’t done any really serious or scientific comparison. I get downy woodpeckers almost daily right now eating my Aldi suet cakes, and sometimes a flicker has surprised me by showing up, so I’m happy.

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