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06-22-2013 03:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: birdfeeder rodent help cedar

So I made my mom a XL bird feeder for Mother’s Day and for the first week or so there were alot of really nice song birds eating the feed but soon enough the squirrels caught on. I went to the garage and grabbed my slingshot and a box of nuts and started pelting the damn suckers but they kept on coming back… They ate all the feed.
So I’m wondering what I should do to pervent the squirrels from getting into the bird feeder. Some ideas I had were:
-Make the post higher so it’s harder for them to get on
-put some plexi/sheet metal on the post so they slip

Any suggestions?


-- Mac, Ottawa

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#1 posted 06-22-2013 04:11 PM

I’ve tried a couple of things. Bear in mind my feeders were always on round posts, in fact one solution might be to mount the feeder on a 3” or so round metal post, they can’t climb that, but it will have to be high enough that they can’t jump to the feeder (they can jump about 5’). That would be my first recommend, second would be to put somw flashing around the wood post. Third would be a baffle, about 18” in diameter, that fits around the posts maybe 3’ off the ground. None of these are particularly attractive (#1 isn’t bad) but squirrels are very tough to discourage. If you choose to go the baffle route, there are some commercial ones available. It also needs to be far enough away from trees they can’t jump to it from them.

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 04:53 PM

Put a slinky around the post.

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#3 posted 06-22-2013 04:53 PM

Can’t climb a round post? Our squirrels must have suction cups for feet! We replaced a few feeders over the years due to bears and the only one that seems to keep the rodents out is an inverted bowl mounted right below the tray. Other than that the only effective solution goes “bang”.

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 04:54 PM

Make a round post, then put a slinky on the post.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 06-22-2013 05:31 PM

mix cayenne pepper in with the bird seed. they don’t like it, birds don’t taste it.

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#6 posted 06-22-2013 06:03 PM

When I was a kid, my mom was big into feeding the birds, but not the squirrels. So my dad got a coil from a model “T” Ford. These coils had points in them so they discharged constantly when powered and also buzzed at the same time. Using 1/2” hardware cloth he would hook it up to the bird feeder with a button the the house. After a few shocks they would keep there distance. And if in the area and had been treated already, all they had to do is hear the buzz and they are gone and I think they jump higher than 5’ when shocked.

Also worked well for the neighborhood dog that peed on the metal garbage cans. After just one treatment, they would cross the street when passing the house!!

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#7 posted 06-22-2013 06:09 PM

give them lead poisoning….

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#8 posted 06-22-2013 06:22 PM

>Can’t climb a round post?<

round METAL post…..I watched ‘em try for years and not get up it.

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#9 posted 06-22-2013 06:38 PM

Personally I think squirrels are just as interesting as birds and don’t get it when people want to keep them out, but to each their own. A lot of good ideas here, the electric shock idea would be the most fun. None of the post deterrent ideas will work in the current location, it looks like the squirrels will be able to jump from the fence. Cayenne pepper or a spray made of pure cap brand capsaicin oil would work. Probably have to reapply after every rain at least until they are trained.

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#10 posted 06-22-2013 07:33 PM

This should make them leave the neighborhood.

-- Jerry

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#11 posted 06-22-2013 10:22 PM

I have had to build cages around my feeders to keep the tree rats out. The small birds can get in to feed, the bigger birds can perch on the cage to feed and the tree rats get frustrated trying to stick their heads through the wire. If that doesn’t work, a .22 caliber pellet rifle sure does and the neighbors don’t have to worry about stray bullets.

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#12 posted 06-23-2013 03:37 AM

Sometimes the simplest ideas work best. I’ve seen squirrels give up whenever they come across this (my dad did two of these):

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#13 posted 06-23-2013 03:46 AM

If the squirrels have access from above, then forget it. No amount of barriers will keep them away. The pepper
seems to be an idea worth trying. Pretty sure the squirrels around here can jump farther than 5 feet.

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#14 posted 06-23-2013 10:49 AM

Hi MacsShop,

You could try chilli. Go to your fruit and veggie store and buy a heap of the hottest chillies you can buy.
Put them in a saucepan boil them than strain when cool add some of it to a spray bottle and fill with water you can make it as strong as you want. You can spray all the bird seed that you put out, because the chilli spray will not harm the birds. But when your little friends the squirrels comes to have a nibble and it only needs one to eat some and will be off telling friends not to eat it, its too hot and it will burn your ring out. I hope it works on the squirrels I use it on possoms and bats. I spray my fruit with it. Good luck.

Cheers Graham.

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#15 posted 06-23-2013 12:23 PM

You can go to your local Dog Groomer and ask her to save you a small trash bag of the hair she shaves off the dogs. Take a stocking and fill the stocking with that dog hair and hang it near your feeder. The smell of the dog hair will keep the squirrels away. My wife is a pet groomer and she always had these few ladies come and ask for hair that she was going to throw out. Finally after the second time they where in we asked them what they where doing with it and they told us . We tried it and it works great. You must change the hair every 2 months or so.

-- Coach Mancuso

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