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Project by Eric posted 03-28-2021 09:12 PM 757 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fun quick build from scrap cedar, 8” x 8” x 12”, no finish. Nothing special, but a feeder for the squirrels, roof is hinged to allow them to reach in an grab a nut. Now just wait for them to find it and figure out how to get the nuts.

We enjoy watching them and the funny aerobatics they preform. Better half days I am antagonize the poor things. Just feeding them is my response.

Thanks for viewing.

An update, it only took them a week to realize that this was hanging on the tree. I propped the lid yesterday, today they were reaching inside. Now the lid is closed, see if it takes them another week to get inside.

-- Eric, building the dream





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crowie

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#1 posted 03-28-2021 09:14 PM

I thought feeding them would not be recommended Eric, downunder we are encouraged NOT TO FEED THE WILDLIFE.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Eric

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#2 posted 03-28-2021 09:31 PM

I feed them to keep them away from the house. The lid to keep the blue jays out.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 03-28-2021 09:32 PM

That’s really cool, Eric !!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BurlyBob

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#4 posted 03-28-2021 09:45 PM

I like it. Several years back we had a bunch of squirrels use my feeder. They disappeared after I had our big Spruce tree cut down. It was to close to the house and I was concerned the wind would blow it over. Now I feed the quail.

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grovemadman

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#5 posted 03-28-2021 09:55 PM

I like the little dudes, they are the most industrious creatures in the forest John Muir said of them. A cool project for sure Eric, and they will figure out how to get the nuts!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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FestusHaagen

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#6 posted 03-28-2021 09:59 PM

If you feed them they will come, and I am not referring to the squirrels. We never had a problem with the vermin, skunks, raccoons and mice, until the neighbor started feeding the squirrels peanuts. They would bring them back into our yard where they would hide them for later consumption. Thing is, the vermin got to them first. Good luck with your squirrels.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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Eric

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#7 posted 03-28-2021 10:24 PM

Thanks Jim, these quick projects are just as much fun the build, and better with scraps, I even had a set of hinges in the parts bin.

Thanks Bob, I have a lot if pine on the property here.

Thanks Chuck, yes the are pretty Smart, the build their nest in the tree tops and they stay put.

Thanks Ed, we haven’t had to much of the other animals around that I have seen. Just the squirrels and birds.

These little creatures are fun to watch. Last week I threw some apples out in the yard. And the better half said she saw one with an apple running across the yard.

-- Eric, building the dream

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 03-28-2021 10:32 PM

It is a fun project Eric. Love the title. At least the squirrels can go out to eat.
They just have to learn how to order take out. (:>)

-- James E McIntyre

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Eric

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#9 posted 03-28-2021 11:04 PM

Thanks James, they gotta eat too. Waiting for the day when I look at it and see one inside snacking away.

-- Eric, building the dream

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 03-28-2021 11:49 PM

Poor squirrels have to work for peanuts. Make it an up scale restaurant. Add some almonds and walnuts to the menu. There will be standing room only. Lol

The Palm squirrel is extent in Australia. Maybe Crowie should have fed them. Crowie has to go to a zoo to see them.

Sounds like a Doctor Seuss book. Crowie Goes To The Zoo. Sorry you can’t buy it.

Soon you won’t be able to do anything without the Woke Crowds permission.

-- James E McIntyre

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502flier

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#11 posted 03-29-2021 12:23 AM

Friends of mine used to have those eyes, nose, and mouth that you attach to a tree. They would set peanuts on those face parts and the squirrels would snatch them and cart them off down the fence to hide them somewhere. As they had babies, the parents would teach them about the peanuts. Once the babies could fend for themselves, the parents would leave, never to return. They followed this same pattern generation after generation.
As a side note: does the lid keep the jays out? They’re smart little beggars.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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Eric

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#12 posted 03-29-2021 12:31 AM

Thanks Kevin, I just hung it up yesterday, I saw a few Blue Jays today close by, but they did go near it I’ll have to keep an eye out and see what happens.

-- Eric, building the dream

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mtnwild

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#13 posted 03-29-2021 12:35 AM

Man, that’s a commitment. That could get expensive. They will haul off every one and bury them, no matter how many you put out there.
I’d limit how many I put out in a day. They’ll get used to that too.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Calvi

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#14 posted 03-29-2021 12:44 AM

Squirrels can climb almost every thing so be careful or they will be in your attic. I know friends that have them in there attic they climb siding bricks can’t climb PVC. They chew thru everything very hard to get rid of.

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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Eric

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#15 posted 03-29-2021 01:02 AM

Thanks Jack, yes I will limit the supply after they start using it.

Thanks Calvin, I know from past experiences they can get into mischief and be destructive. They are fine in the yard, just not the house.

-- Eric, building the dream

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