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.
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.
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, and wrens eating this suet, along with various sparrows and finches. 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 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.
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.