How to Make a Squirrel Free Bird Feeder
How to make a squirrel free bird feeder? This article explains how to build one and how to use a slinky or baffle to deter squirrels. Then you’ll add a bit of Cayenne pepper and you’re all set! Just make sure to put it 15 feet off the ground. This way, the squirrel can’t get up to it or chew it to pieces.
Nature’s Hangout bird feeder
The Nature’s Hangout bird feeder is squirrel proof and large enough for both chirpy birds and larger ones. A few cardinals and finches have been known to visit the feeder. The Nature’s Hangout also offers insects as a protein source that will help prepare the birds for nesting season. In addition, it’s a great gift for bird lovers! You can also purchase a larger one and hang it from a tree, but don’t forget to keep the suction cups clean.
Nature’s Hangout baffle
If you want to create a squirrel-free environment around your bird feeder, you can consider a squirrel-proof baffle. This device is made of clear acrylic and is easy to clean. You can easily wipe off debris and keep your bird feed fresh for longer by using the suction cups that are included with the unit. This product is also available online and on Amazon. If you’re interested in learning more about squirrel-proof bird feeders, check out our article!
Nature’s Hangout slinky
Squirrels are not the only pest in your yard. These smart little creatures are also attracted to birdfeeders and can also be a nuisance when you don’t keep them out of your yard. But don’t worry, these pests can be kept away by making your bird feeder squirrel-proof! Here are some easy ways to make your bird feeder squirrel-proof.
Adding cayenne pepper to a bird feeder has become popular lately. But the truth is that squirrels are surprisingly resilient and adaptable, so the pepper is not going to scare them off. And there is no evidence that hot peppers or cayenne will have any lasting effect on them. Fortunately, a little experimentation may prove to be all that is needed. Here are some other ways to keep squirrels away from your feeder:
Pre-mixed bird food
If you’re a bird lover and want to give your garden some much-needed attention, you’ll probably want to invest in a pre-mixed bird food feeder. Pre-mixed mixes are available in bulk, which is a great way to get a better price per pound. You can buy both seeds and suet and use these to make a squirrel-free bird feeder.
Using a black plumbing pipe as the feeder pole
Using a black plumbing pipe as the stand-in pole for a squirrel-proof bird feeder is an effective way to prevent a squirrel from gaining access to your bird feeder. The pipe is sturdy enough to support a feeder and the baffle is attached to it with wire. As a bonus, it is also invisible, which makes it even more effective at keeping squirrels away.
Adding chilli pepper
One of the best ways to keep squirrels away from your garden bird feeders is by adding some red pepper flakes. This deters the squirrels by clinging to the birdseed in windy areas and also makes your bird feeder less appealing to them. Unlike cayenne pepper, however, it is safe for people to handle. The heat from the chilli pepper flakes will not harm the birds, and it is much safer than the powder. You should wash your hands thoroughly after handling the chili pepper flakes to avoid contacting your eyes.
What kind of bird feeder will keep squirrels away?
A squirrel proof bird feeder.
What are some common ways to make a bird feeder squirrel proof?
By using a weight-sensitive perch baffles or a cage around the feeder.
How can I make a weight-sensitive perch for my bird feeder?
By using a wire or pipe that is bent at a 90 degree angle and attaching it to the bottom of the feeder.
What is a baffle and how do I use it to make my bird feeder squirrel proof?
A baffle is a barrier that goes around the bird feeder and prevents squirrels from getting to the food.
How do I make a cage to put around my bird feeder?
By using hardware cloth or chicken wire and making a cylinder around the feeder.
How can I keep squirrels from raiding my bird feeder?
By making sure that the bird feeder is properly squirrel proofed.
What is the best type of bird food to use in a feeder?
Choosing a bird food that squirrels don’t like such as safflower seed or thistle seed.
How often should I clean my bird feeder?
At least once a week and more often if it is dirty.
How can I tell if my bird feeder is dirty?
If there is mold on the bird food or the feeder itself it needs to be cleaned.
How do I clean my bird feeder?
First empty the feeder completely and then wash it with soap and water.
Rinse it well and let it air dry.
Why is it important to clean my bird feeder?
Keeping the feeder clean will help prevent the spread of disease.
How can I keep squirrels from destroying my bird feeder?
By putting the bird feeder in a location that is out of reach of squirrels such as on a pole or in a tree.
What should I do if I find a squirrel in my bird feeder?
Remove the squirrel from the area and clean the feeder immediately.
What are some foods that squirrels like to eat?
Squirrels like to eat nuts seeds and fruits.
What can I do if squirrels are still getting to my bird feeder?
Try a different squirrel proofing method or location for 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.