How to Make Rain Proof Squirrel Feeders From a 5 Gallon Bucket
Fortunately, DIY squirrel feeders are an inexpensive and fun way to feed wildlife while keeping critters out of your bird feeders. These are surprisingly easy to construct and are an excellent way to prevent critters from accessing your bird feeders. This article will show you how to make one from a 5 gallon bucket. Follow the directions to create a sturdy rain proof squirrel feeder for your yard.
DIY squirrel feeders are an inexpensive way to provide food for wildlife and entertainment for yourself
A DIY squirrel feeder is a fun way to provide food and entertainment for local wildlife. You can make one in a weekend using only pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed. Peanut butter will keep the birdseed in place while attracting a variety of birds and squirrels. For added fun, hang a squirrel-go-round from a tree or post.
To build your own DIY squirrel feeder, you will need some basic tools and minimal woodworking skills. It is designed to be easy to assemble, and the mason jar sits on the top, so that the squirrels can reach the corn. You can also tie the feeder to a tree branch to provide a safe, secure location. Once complete, you’re ready to hang the feeder and watch the squirrels eat.
They are an excellent way to keep critters out of bird feeders
Squirrel baffles are a great way to discourage a squirrel from accessing your bird feeders. These baffles, either above or below, are designed to prevent the squirrel from reaching the feeder or from gripping it. They can be purchased for PS10 and up, but you should check Amazon for current prices. In addition, there are specialized baffles that will deter a squirrel from getting close to the feeder.
Squirrels are notorious climbers and can jump upwards of five feet vertically to reach food sources. So, to keep squirrels from accessing your feeder, you must invest in a squirrel-proof feeder. These feeders are usually made of metal or have a cage that squirrels cannot climb through. Some even have a spring-loaded door to keep the squirrels out.
They are easy to build
The easiest rain proof squirrel feeder to build is a woven one. Just cut a door in a plastic jar, wind twine around it, and add a little faux foliage. You can also add a small pile of pine needles to the top. If you’re into more complicated designs, you can purchase a ready-made one on Etsy or on another site.
When building a rainproof squirrel feeder, make sure to find a place that will be away from raised objects. If you plan to place it in a yard, dig a hole slightly bigger than the bucket’s depth. Ideally, you’ll install it somewhere that the squirrels won’t get in. If you’d prefer to install it on a tree, make sure the tree isn’t too tall for the feeder.
They can be made from a 5 gallon bucket
If you are tired of keeping your bird seed tins leaking, it’s time to build your own squirrel feeders. These feeders can be made from a 5 gallon bucket or any other sturdy container. Many squirrels enjoy nuts and will come to the feeder to eat them. Be sure to use unsalted nuts, which squirrels prefer. They will also enjoy sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, which they can chew on easily.
You can also make a rainproof feeder for your squirrels using a plain plastic bowl, which can also double as a weather dome. To build a rain proof feeder, drill a hole on the bottom and place a small feeder in the center of it. Once hung, simply hang it from a pole with L brackets. For even more ideas, check out Pinterest.
They can be made with a metal baffle
A rainproof squirrel feeder is a simple and cheap way to attract a variety of birds. The basic ingredients for a squirrel baffle include a galvanized pipe, a metal pipe, and a metal duct cap. The pipe is then fastened to a pole using L-brackets or pop rivets. Once attached to the pole, the metal baffle should be painted a forest green to blend in with the tree.
The baffle itself is also important in keeping out the squirrels. It is designed to deter squirrels from reaching the seeds. The baffles feature a topsy-turvy design that squirrels cannot climb, causing them to slide off before reaching the seed. One reviewer praised the intentionally wobbly design, saying that the baffle kept the squirrels from accessing the food.
They are easy to hang
Making a squirrel feeder is not a difficult task. Depending on your skills, you can make the feeder yourself for free. Follow the tutorial at Little Vintage Cottage to make this easy to make feeder. First, get a miniature chair, drill a hole on top, and screw it to the fence. Next, screw an ear of corn to the bottom. Repeat this process until all of the nuts and seeds are in place.
Once you have the basic materials, you can turn your bucket into a squirrel hangout. You can even add a few pieces to it to make it more squirrel-friendly. You can even attach a pipe cleaner to hold a plastic slinky. Then, hang it from a tree. It can be a fun family project and will make your yard attractive to wildlife. You can also get the materials for less than $2 from Kiwico.
What supplies are needed to make a rain proof squirrel feeder from a 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 1: You will need a 5 gallon bucket a drill a jigsaw a piece of plexiglass silicone caulk a screw and a nut.
How do you make the holes for the plexiglass on the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 2: First use the drill to make a hole in the center of the bucket lid.
Then use the jigsaw to make a hole that is large enough to fit the plexiglass.
How do you attach the plexiglass to the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 3: First put silicone caulk around the edge of the hole on the bucket lid.
Then place the plexiglass over the hole and screw it in place.
What is the purpose of the plexiglass on the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 4: The plexiglass is used to keep the rain out of the bucket so that the squirrels can still access the food.
How do you fill the 5 gallon bucket with food?
Answer 5: You can fill the bucket with any type of squirrel food such as nuts seeds or fruits.
How often do you need to refill the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 6: The frequency of refilling will depend on how many squirrels are using the feeder and how often they eat.
What are some signs that it is time to refill the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 7: If the food level is low or if there are more squirrels than there is food then it is time to refill the bucket.
How do you know if the 5 gallon bucket is rain proof?
Answer 8: To test if the bucket is rain proof place it outside in the rain and see if any water gets inside.
What do you do if water gets in the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 9: If water does get in the bucket you need to either drill more holes or replace the plexiglass.
What are some other ways to keep the 5 gallon bucket from getting wet?
Answer 10: You can also place the bucket under a tree or a deck to keep it out of the rain.
What happens if the 5 gallon bucket gets wet?
Answer 11: If the bucket gets wet the food will get wet and it will attract bugs.
How do you keep bugs out of the 5 gallon bucket?
Answer 12: You can keep bugs out by using a lid with holes that is big enough for squirrels to get through but too small for bugs.
How do you know if the 5 gallon bucket is big enough for the squirrels?
Answer 13: If the squirrels can fit their head and body through the lid then the bucket is big enough.
What happens if the 5 gallon bucket is too small for the squirrels?
Answer 14: If the bucket is too small the squirrels will not be able to reach the food.
What are some other ways to make a rain proof squirrel feeder?
Answer 15: You can also use a plastic container or a metal can.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.