How to Make a Squirrel Feeder
There are many ways to attract squirrels, and the best way to attract them is to build a feeder yourself. The basic structure of a squirrel feeder is a wood base attached to a tree, with a glass jar on top. Squirrels love the scent of nuts, and a homemade feeder is a great backyard entertainment opportunity. The materials required for a DIY feeder are a glass jar, pipe cleaner, and a few nuts. Depending on the species of nut you choose, you can add peanut butter, different nuts, bird seeds, or a combination. Adding pinecones is another fun way to attract squirrels to your yard.
A plastic bottle is a great option for a squirrel feeder. Instead of a regular jar, try using a Gatorade or soda bottle for a squirrel feeder. Fill the bottle with nuts or seeds and attach it to the fence with a screw. Be sure to avoid fishing line, as it will snag the squirrels’ paws and legs. If you want to attract more squirrels, use a reusable plastic bag.
To attract a large number of squirrels, hang a slinky near the top of a tree branch. This will enable the squirrels to get to the nuts more easily. Or, if you’d like to give the squirrels a choice of foods, you can turn a telephone booth into a miniature enclosure for them. If you’re building a feeder out of cedar, you can drill pilot holes before driving the screws.
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Once you’ve figured out the best size of jar, you’ll need to design the base and the sides of the feeder. The front and sides should be made first, and the base should be built next. A wooden feeder is also an option if you’re creative. But remember to experiment with different types of food before settling on a final design. You’ll probably want to change it the following year, so make sure it’s comfortable for the squirrels.
Once you’ve completed the front and sides of your squirrel feeder, you can now begin assembling the remaining parts. Once you’ve assembled the front and sides, you can mount them onto the tree with a wood frame. Once the bottom is in place, you’ll need to place the wood pieces into position. In addition to the back and sides, you need to attach the base to the sides and the base.
A squirrel feeder can be simple and easy to make. It doesn’t require complicated woodworking skills. You can even make it if you’re not a handyman. All you need to do is cut a small hole in a tree branch and fill it with peanuts or cracked corn. Once you’ve finished the base, attach the feeder to the tree with a few screws. Then, place the food in the feeder.
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.