New Bird Feeder….. Squirrel Proof…. I Hope

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    theLark_IN_5
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    Our squirrels are smart enough to know where they can go and still be out of reach of the dogs. They walk between our two dogs that are behind a chain link fence and the neighbors four dogs behind a underground invisible fence. They love to chatter at the dogs from the tree limbs right above their noses.


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    Stelios
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    Steve, that sure is a nice set up.  I might try to build one like yours.  I know those pests are crafty, but the fact that the pole is tubular, and slippery, they might not be able to grasp it.

     

    All I have to say is how come squirrels are so smart for such a small animal?  I bought this nice feeder in the shape of a ball surrounded by a grill where only small birds can go in.  There is a tube in the middle for the seeds.  There is also a cover.  Well those pests managed to slide the cover and dive right into the tube.  Boy was I mad.  All you could see is their tail sticking up.  Well I took some wire and inserted into the metal at the top and criss-crossed several pieces so the cover would not open.  Not one of those critters has been seen even near it…..


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    steve232__nc
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    So far it seems to be working fine. Yesterday morning I was here on the computer and out of the corner of my eye I saw a squirrel apparently he tried to jump on the pole and he appeared to be one a sliding board and going down lol


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    Junior Barnes
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    Nice setup! I hope it works. My dogs keep the squirrels away from my feeders.


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    Ga Girls Flowers
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    We have our bird feeders on a pvc pipe and it is greased with Vaseline and this week I saw one of the fuzzy dag critters climb up it….right before my eyes…..Last year we discovered they were jumping from a large bell we have on a pole about 10 ft away from feeders, so DH took wire and put on top of the bird feeder and he clipped every other wire so it would stand up , then he hooked it up to electric wire that he had…..he also ran about 5 electric wires up the pole…..This stopped them from going to feeders for a long time. so he disconnected the electric and they still stayed away until just recently…I guess these are some new ones that didn’t get shocked before…..plug it in again Pa Pa.

     

     


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    steve232__nc
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    Unfortunately this morning I saw a  tree rat going right up that pole just like it was a wooden pole. I am now convinced there is no way to keep them from getting on the bird feeder.


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    SunshineNY6
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    Sorry Steve. That took just about a week? Maybe an industrial sized baffle on the pole?


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    Posynut_NY_zone4
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    Spray the pole with WD 40, or Pam spray.  Anything that is slippery and that they can’t get a hold on it to get up the pole, Vaseline, Crisco.  The cheapest works fine.


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    Stelios
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    Steve, that is really a nice set up.  Wishing you all the best.  It’s been known to me that no matter what I do, these critters find a way to get to the feeders.  The only one is the new grid circular feeder that they can’t get into after I closed up the top with wire.  Let us now how it goes.  Maybe Daisy standing on guard might help….!


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    Steve your feeder looks like the one DH made for me and they were chewing the wood around it to get to the feeder. I took it down, now I feed them on the ground is several places…so far two squirrels have suffered .22 poisoning because like yours mine is where I can see if from any window in the front of the house. For some reason those furry tailed rats don’t like the taste of lead :)


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    Stelios
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    How aboout this one Steve.  Use the same pole but hand the circular gridded feeder.  Make sure you wire down the cover.  Not one squirrel can get it.  Plus if they jump and try to hand on it, they get off balanced.

     


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    Hiker07_IL_5
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    I have some feeders that are squirrel proof as long as you can hang them far enough away from something that they can reach from by stretching! Had to cut down the only tree that had a long branch on it! They can’t sit on these, the ports close but the smart alecks can reach over from the tree and get some food, it must be hard work though because they don’t stay very long.


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    hummingbirdwings
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    I’ve heard plenty of stories about squirrels being a problem, but I hadn’t noticed any squirrels bothering my feeder until about a week ago. I’m not very creative, so I just went out a bought a feeder that is supposedly squirrel -proof. My feeder seems to have more seed in it than usual so I think it’s working. I believe I read that squirrels can’t climb PVC. They sure are aggravating!


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    • I have 4 squirrel proof feeders work fine but I don’t have many places to hang them and had a couple that would read, stretching really hard, and get food out of the openings. Must have been hard work as they didn’t stay very long at one time! LOL Had to cut my one big tree down but had them leave a 14 ft. “stump” up and have hangers on the side of it. Miss that one long branch I use to hang my feeders on!
    • Are you new on here? If you are “Welcome”! I’m a great-grandmother who started feeding the birds when I retired to keep myself from losing it! LOL

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    • I have 4 squirrel proof feeders that work  fine but I don’t have many places to hang them and had a couple that would read, stretching really hard, and get food out of the openings. Must have been hard work as they didn’t stay very long at one time! LOL Had to cut my one big tree down but had them leave a 14 ft. “stump” up and have hangers on the side of it. Miss that one long branch I use to hang my feeders on!
    • Are you new on here? If you are “Welcome”! I’m a great-grandmother who started feeding the birds when I retired to keep myself from losing it! LOL

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