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Old 12-02-2008, 04:42 AM
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Has anyone one found a feeder that they can't get into? I see squirrel rolls (food that you hang somewhere nearby) that supposedly keep them away. They are killing me this year with the acorn shortage and all....

I tried one that would close the door when the weight of a squirrel hopped on but didn't work for long and they stayed there all day anyway trying...

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Old 12-02-2008, 04:51 AM
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Skeet thrower with a soup can attached to the end(full of corn) and a really long pull cord.

All joking aside, I have one that is mounted on a 6' 4*4 post. I wrapped the pole with metal all the way up to the
bottom of the feeder itself. It works good as long as its not mounted under a tree or close to anything a squirel can
jump from.

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There's a PBS show about squirrels and feeders. Tricky guys - they got into any rig that was set up and most of the setups were obstacle courses. Personally I've never found anything that trully worked. I do have two feeders that are encased in a wire basket on all sides - the squirrels still get to the feeder but they can't eat as much. The photo below (not mine) shows that they don't always work !
http://k53.pbase.com/u10/theresamari...03_YP8_web.jpg

The one I have is closer to this: http://duncraft.atom5.com/files/2394-250.jpg
I'm happy with it. Its not perfect but at least the squirrels can't eat ya out of house and home.


The only way to really protect a feeder is to get it far enough and high enough away from anything they can use to jump onto the feeder. I think its a 6 foot clearance they need (a google search can confirm). One of those cones on the bottom to keep them from running up the pole is a necessity.
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I'm not exactly sure how he did it, but my grandfather attached an extension cord to a couple of metal plates on the feeder. When he saw a squirrel on it he would plug it in and it would give the little bastard a shock. After awhile the squirrels stayed off of his feeder.

In hind sight, this seems kind of dangerous, that was my grandfather.
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FLScout172 - 12/2/2008 8:18 AM

I'm not exactly sure how he did it, but my grandfather attached an extension cord to a couple of metal plates on the feeder. When he saw a squirrel on it he would plug it in and it would give the little bastard a shock. After awhile the squirrels stayed off of his feeder.

In hind sight, this seems kind of dangerous, that was my grandfather.
I love the way "old school" people think! Kill them and cook them at the same time!
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Default Re: Squirrel proof feeders

.22 caliber pills work best.

If you are in a neighborhood then downsize to .177 or .22 pellets.
I'm fighting a red squirrel invasion right now and they are loosing badly.
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I use the .177 then leave them hanging from a tree or thrown them at the base of the feeder it appears there buddy's get the idea.
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I had squirrels get in my barn this summer and eat the cork handles off 3 of my bait caster poles. From that point on it has been war.

- Traps in the barn baited with peanut butter.
- Peanut butter and Decon rat poison balls that they eat up
- .177 cal rifle shots out of my 2nd and 3rd floor windows
- Nestblasting with 12 gauge and #4 loads. (check your tall trees)
- If you see 2 or more of them bunched up put away the rifle and grab the 12 Ga. We call that "squirrel bowling"

Since starting this offensive there has not been a single squirrel attack

Oh, also check out www.deadsquirrel.com see the squirrelpult
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Squirrel baffle has kept them off the 15 feeders we have on the property but just make sure that:

1. The feeders are high enough so that the squirrel can't jump from the ground to the feeder, bypassing the baffle.
2. You position them far enough away from a house or tree so that the squirrel can't jump onto the feeder from above, bypassing the baffle.

You may also want to fashion up a net which will hang below the feeder. Use mesh material and sew it to a 24" wide hoop. This will catch fallen food so it never hits the ground and allows smaller birds to feed inside the net to get the fallen seeds as well. If the seeds don't hit the ground the squirrels seem to be a bit less motivated to try to see what's in the feeder. If you don't have a net then they feast on the fallen seeds and then get greedy, trying to get into the feeder.
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Try this one ... http://images.lowes.com/product/078978/078978336001.jpg

The metal "cage" slides down to cover the access holes when the critter jumps on it. Don't know about long term viability, but there was constant entertainment for the 2 months we had ours up. Lowes (for one) has 'em for about $22 ...
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Default Re: Squirrel proof feeders

Reel Boobs - 12/2/2008 5:24 AM
FLScout172 - 12/2/2008 8:18 AM I'm not exactly sure how he did it, but my grandfather attached an extension cord to a couple of metal plates on the feeder. When he saw a squirrel on it he would plug it in and it would give the little bastard a shock. After awhile the squirrels stayed off of his feeder. In hind sight, this seems kind of dangerous, that was my grandfather.
I love the way "old school" people think! Kill them and cook them at the same time!
I always thought his "chicken and dumplins" tasted funny ;?
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I have successfully trained my chocolate lab, Fletcher, to chase the little rascals away. She will sit and watch the birds feed, but when the grey menace comes calling, she is all over them. She's a good one...

Good luck.
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http://www.birdsanctum.com/product/AD-005875-1719 shows the squirrel baffle
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you might want to grease the pole and watch the squirrels try to climb it. Only problem is you need to replace the grease every day.
It's funny to see them jump on the pole and slide off. Lots of them tree rats with slicked down belly fur!
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Check these out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQS0UdQ6TX0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOE5AXnbOgs
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The Squirrel-a-pult looks like loads of fun. If I had more squirrels in my area I may even build one, just for a few laughs one day when I had nothing else to do.

I would suggest not using poison. Something else will just end up eating the poisoned squirrel - maybe one of your pets. Or a neighbors pet.

I have concluded that any squirrel exclusion device is only so effective. They find ways around them most of the time.
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I have one that is all metal, with a perch rail on each side. The perch is weighted with an adjustable slide weight that allows you to set it so that a couple of birds can sit on it, but the weight of a squirrel closes a metal flap over the seeds. They have given up on it. I wish I could find more of the same. On others I use 2 feet of 4 inch stove pipe as a baffle. Fasten it close to the feeder, so they can't go up through it.

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We have had a Wild Birds Unlimited Squirrel Proof bird feeder (http://www.shopwbu.com/product/part_...06.25760.0.0.0) for over two years now. Others lasted about a month, since we have mostly the large fox squirrels. Its expensive at around $90 but has a lifetime warranty. It looks like other tube feeders with the closure mechanism but it is super heavy duty.

I like the .177 method as well.

Added note to TRROOSTER-- GO Jackets!
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i think i just made a relation to squirrels and dog fish.....
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