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From: Megan Strojny
Ellicott City, MD
I read in BirdWatcher’s (Vol. 35, No.4) that Downy Woodpeckers can become addicted to suet. It stated that they will eat enough to saturated their feathers with fat and make it difficult for the woodpecker to fly. I keep suet out year round and have several types of woodpeckers who eat it. Should I be concerned? I do change to a no-melt suet in the summer.

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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
If you haven't noticed any birds with unusual behaviors or difficulties with flying then there is no need to be concerned. Feeding the birds suet is fine.

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