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Sun Mar 11, 2012, 06:01 AM

We finally found a squirrel proof bird feeder that actually works.

I don't mind when the squirrels ground feed the seed, but we had 2 hanging ones that we put black oil sunflower into and a wooden house feeder that we put mixed seed into. We have bought several "squirrel proof" ones over the years and spent up to 50 bucks on some that were epic fails. We got them at Lowes (yeah, we still shop there, sorry) and they were only 22 bucks each. On a daily basis they were eating all the black oil in a matter of 30 minutes, and the birds could never get on the feeders.

Link: http://www.lowes.com/pd_315978-1128-100080524_4294822985_4294937087_?productId=3107691&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr

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Reply We finally found a squirrel proof bird feeder that actually works. (Original post)
RiffRandell Mar 2012 OP
intaglio Mar 2012 #1
RiffRandell Mar 2012 #3
MicaelS Mar 2012 #2
RiffRandell Mar 2012 #4
pipi_k Mar 2012 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2012 #6
RiffRandell Mar 2012 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2012 #8
wysimdnwyg Mar 2012 #9
RiffRandell Mar 2012 #10
benld74 Mar 2012 #11
sarge43 Mar 2012 #12
rcatty Jan 2013 #13

Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 07:51 AM

1. I give it a month n/t

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Response to intaglio (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:59 AM

3. Haha--that's pretty generous of you.

Usually they figure it out and start destroying it in a few days.

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Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:24 AM

2. You ever tried Twirl a Squirrel?

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:01 AM

4. No, but that made me dizzy. n/t

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 12:06 PM

5. We had one of those...

it pissed the squirrels off and they never came back

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Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 12:25 PM

6. I learned that squirrels don't care much for safflower seeds.

So I've been putting golden safflower in all of my feeders and this has significantly reduced the squirrel activity. They will eat it if they have to but they don't take over the feeders like they usually do. Yesterday I ran out of safflower seeds and put some peanut-based bird food in one feeder - sure didn't take the squirrels long to find that. It's OK, though; the squirrels keep the cats entertained.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:06 PM

7. Is safflower seed expensive?

I haven't even seen it sold anywhere, although I'm sure they sell it a birding specialty store. The squirrels keep my dog entertained---sometimes they come up to our patio and he goes nuts watching them through our french doors. He's really fast, and once he chased one in the yard, caught it in his mouth, but we got it away from him unharmed.

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Response to RiffRandell (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:19 PM

8. It's somewhat more expensive than regular bird seed.

I get it at a bird specialty store, Wild Birds Unlimited. You can get it on line, here: http://shop.wbu.com/products/productdetail/Safflower+Bird+Seed+-+20+lbs/part_number=200320/567.0.1.1.42042.100926.0.0.0?pp=12& I figure it's worth it because it doesn't make such a mess with shells and husks and because the squirrels don't eat much of it. More bang for the buck, I think.

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Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:06 AM

9. I had a plastic version of that feeder

Yeah, that didn't work at all. The squirrels just ate through the plastic until the seed poured out.

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Response to wysimdnwyg (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 09:12 AM

10. Well, so far so good.

I watch them keep trying for awhile, then then just give up....but we bought a new house feeder yesterday and they emptied the seed out of that one. Oh well. I think it's a losing battle.

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Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:18 PM

11. If your feeder is on a metal post,

like mine, here is what I did and it works.
Purchased a length of PVC 4 inches in diameter, the same legth as the post. Droped it over the post and reattached the feeder to the post!

Squirrels cannot climb the thick PVC and must eat the seeds dropepd on ground by the birds!

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Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 02:57 PM

12. They're merely mocking you

One morning very soon you'll look out and see scaffolding where your feeder used to be.

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Response to RiffRandell (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:19 AM

13. Solution that worked after several years and multiple feeder types

My feeder(s) have been under attack for years from squirrels on my deck. I tried all types of solutions; i.e (1) pepper in the seed; (2) so-called squirrel proof feeders, and the like. Nothing worked. Finally, I decided to attempt to trap and remove the squirrels from my deck. First, I purchased a budget trap from a local big box store. After a few catches, the mechanism broke. Thereafter, I purchased a "hav-a-hart" trap that featured an "easy release" door. That worked well. After 1 week, 9 squirrels were removed. Curiously, one squirrel continued to appear on my deck, but he never bothered or attempted to get at my feeder!. He merely went after scrap seed on the ground. So far no more squirrel problems. Be alerted, however, State laws govern whether a permit is required to trap squirrels, and whether the trapper is required to destroy the animals or is permitted to relocate them. Observing the solution that was achieved on my property, I should have done this years ago.

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