How to Make a Squirrel Baffle Out of Tin
You may have heard of the classic squirrel baffle, but aren’t quite sure how to make one? It’s actually a fairly simple process, and you can even make one out of tin and a shepherd’s crook pole! We’ve covered the materials you need, how to position it, and even how to use a slinky to deter the squirrels.
Keeping squirrels out of your bird feeder
Keeping squirrels away from your bird feeder is a very simple and effective way to prevent them from destroying the food you’ve placed out for your birds. To create your own squirrel baffle, you’ll need a 4″ PVC pipe, a 1/2 ” PVC coupler, wire rope, and a woodblock. The pipe should be cut to fit around the tree trunk, leaving a hole in the center. Once you have cut the pipe, you can attach it to a pole, making sure that it doesn’t slide down the tree as the squirrel jumps over it.
To install the squirrel baffle on the pole, you can use screws or L-brackets. Make sure the baffle fits tightly onto the pole, and cut the sides so that the squirrels can’t grab it. If the pole is made from wood, you can also use L-brackets or hose clamps to secure the baffle in place.
Materials needed to make a squirrel baffle
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a squirrel baffle. A few duct caps and a round metal pipe will do the trick. The next thing you need are clamps. These depend on the size of the pole. Make sure you use a strong one or else you’ll have a hard time keeping your squirrels out. If you’re looking for a squirrel-proof squirrel-deterrent baffle, this can be the best option.
Another way to discourage squirrels is to use motion sensor lights. These lights are designed to startle squirrels from attempting to steal food from bird feeders. You can purchase these at your local hardware store or make your own squirrel-proof feeder. This is a much cheaper option than buying a squirrel-proof feeder, since it doesn’t block access to the food, but still gives your birds access to the food.
Positioning a squirrel baffle on a shepherd’s crook pole
A shepherd’s crook pole with a squirrel baffle installed at the top can deter squirrels from using your bird feeder. This feeder should be mounted approximately four to six feet above ground level, away from any structure that a squirrel can climb. It should also be placed far enough away from the tree trunk to keep squirrels from reaching it. A shepherd’s crook pole with a squirrel baffle is a great solution for a squirrel feeder.
When installing a squirrel baffle on a shepherds crook pole, you’ll want to choose the type that fits the pole. There are many different types of poles and baffles. Choose one that is compatible with the type of pole you have, as some can be difficult to fit. If you’re using a metal pole, it’s best to look for one made of steel. A metal baffle will provide hefty weight, so squirrels won’t be able to move it or chew it.
Using a slinky to deter squirrels
Adding a slinky to a bird feeder pole can be an effective deterrent for squirrels. Place the feeder at least five feet off the ground, out of reach of the squirrels’ reach. Alternatively, you can purchase a slinky spring that costs less than $4 on Amazon. Attach a slinky to the feeder pole and use it as a foil.
One thing to keep in mind when using a slinky to deter a squirrel is that they are scared of it because it lacks traction. Therefore, the slinky will make them jump and move away, scaring the squirrels away. As long as you don’t use the slinky too often, it won’t cause any harm. However, you should keep your pets and children out of the area where you’re using the slinky as they’ll likely get scared.
Another simple way to deter squirrels from destroying your bird feeder is to buy a Slinky. This popular childhood toy is available for as little as $2.99. Just attach the slinky to the bird feeder pole, and the squirrels should be pushed back to the ground by the spring. You may want to purchase a slinky specialized for squirrel deterring.
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.