Do a Google search for “squirrel-proof bird feeders”, and the results are nearly endless. Every bird-watcher out there is looking for ways to keep squirrels from chowing down on their bird seed, and the options are varied and sometimes amazing.
While you could spend more than $100 on a feeder “guaranteed” to keep the squirrels away, I thought Birds & Blooms readers might appreciate ways to keep squirrels away that won’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m going to share my one fool-proof tip with you, and then I’m going to ask for your tips in return. Together, we should be able to create the best list of ideas around!
Jill’s Squirrel-Proofing Tip: Use Safflower Seed
We tried a lot of options to keep squirrels away from our feeder. We don’t mind squirrels in general – they’re awfully cute, especially here in Florida where they’re much smaller than those up north. However, one squirrel can clean out a feeder quicker than you can say “sunflower seeds”, and filling a feeder can get expensive, so we needed to keep these guys in their place.
You can click here to read about the options we tried, but in the end, the easiest solution was to add only safflower seed to the feeder. The downside to this trick is that it can somewhat limit the visitors we receive, but cardinals, titmice, wrens, and woodpeckers are all perfectly happy with this option, and squirrels just aren’t interested. They check it out once or twice, and then steer clear.
So there’s our first inexpensive solution. Now it’s your turn, readers. What low-cost tricks do you use to keep squirrels away from your feeders? Drop by the comments section and give us your ideas… let’s build the most comprehensive list on the web!
P.S. Squirrels aren’t the only problem in our yard – look for an upcoming post about the bird-feeder battle that nearly drove us quackers…
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