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Save the Bird Seed From Squirrels

Are squirrels eating all your bird seed? Keep squirrels out of bird feeders with these feeder tips.

Nikki Moustaki

Squirrel at Feeder
To keep squirrels out of your bird feeders, consider installing a squirrel feeder in your back yard.

Excerpted from "Feeder Facts” in "Popular Birding Series: Backyard Birding,” published by publisher I-5 Publishing LLC.

No discussion of bird feeders is complete without mentioning squirrels. Many bird enthusiasts take great pains to keep squirrels out of bird feeders, adding baffles and domes to the feeders and choosing mechanical bird feeders that spin when a squirrel tries to feed on the bird seed.

Other backyard birders take a "If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude toward the rodents, installing squirrel feeders to keep the furry bandits out of the bird seed.

Squirrel feeders can be as simple as a spiral wire that holds a dried corncob, but many feeders are designed to make the squirrel work for its food. Why not?

These agile, acrobatic creatures will do anything for a peanut, and it’s amusing to watch them use their brains to solve a problem. Some squirrel feeders require the critter to lift a lid on a box, some look more like moving jungle gyms, and others employ bungee cords. If you’re going to feed the squirrels, you might as well enjoy the show!

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Posted: April 5, 2013, 12:00 p.m. PDT

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These little critters are amazingly agile acrobatic athletes. Use a P.T. 4x4 pole secured deeply 25% of it's length. Use plastic rain gutter to cover both sides of the pole. It's slippery. Some of the best squirrels can jump up to 6' high and grab something. They can leap out up to 9' from a nearby height. Some folks slide an 8" dia. PVC pipe over the 4x4 pole. Squirrels are always searching for something to eat. Field corn satisfies them.
Richard, Conyers, GA
Posted: 1/31/2015 3:47:24 PM
I find the squirrels very cute and I do feed them too. My problem is cats, young cats flying through the air to get to the birds while they are feeding. Most of my birds have moved somewhere else and my garden is quiet, the magic is gone. Anyway to bring them safely back?
Suzy, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 8/14/2013 11:40:38 PM
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