Most birds that can be attracted to feeders are insect or seed eaters. Insect_eating species, such as chickadees and woodpeckers, are attracted by animal fats or "suet." This can be obtained from the grocery store or trimmed from beef, pork, moose, caribou, or other wild meat. Fats that have a low water content are best in areas with severe cold, because they freeze at lower temperatures. Peanut butter, another fat, also attracts birds to feeders. Its sticky consistency occasionally causes problems for birds, so it should be mixed with melted animal fat and cornmeal or rolled oats. That expensive peanut butter will last longer if it is mixed with other ingredients, anyway.
Place the box carefully. Put your birdhouse up on a sturdy pole, post, tree, or under a house eave. Freely swinging birdhouses are rarely used. Be sure to place the birdhouse at the proper height and in the right habitat for the bird you want to attract (see distribution and habitat information in the dimension table). Face the entrance away from prevailing winds.