Show Me How to Build a Birdhouse That Looks Like a Dog Squirrel
So you’ve finally decided to make a birdhouse for your beloved pet. You might even have some basic woodworking skills. You can make one in the shape of a dog squirrel, or model it after the architecture of your dream home. Either way, don’t worry about the style as long as it’s made from materials that are durable and can withstand the weather.
Keeping squirrels out of bird feeders
One of the most frustrating problems that people have is squirrels invading their bird feeders. Not only do they steal the bird food, they also scare away birds. Here are a few solutions that have worked for many people. If you’re wondering how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders, read on. This article will give you the scoop on squirrel-proofing bird feeders.
Using poison is not a good way to deter squirrels from stealing your birdseed. It is not only inhumane but it could cause the squirrels great pain. Not to mention that a dead squirrel can be a carrier for disease. Instead, use other methods such as a high-pitched training whistle. Listed below are some of the most effective methods to deter squirrels from stealing your bird seed.
Adding a perch
Adding a perch to a domed dog squirrel birdhouse is an excellent way to attract birds and discourage opportunistic critters. The perch is attached to a metal baffle and is secured with two small screws that keep the squirrel out of the food tray. The feeder also has an overhanging roof and hopper and the weight of the squirrel on the perch triggers a metal shield that covers the seed tray. The birdhouse is hanged from an outdoor support or a branch to attract more wildlife.
Another reason to add a perch to a dog squirrel’s birdhouse is to deter critters from raiding the food and shelter. While birds don’t use perches to move around in the birdhouse, predators use them to stabilize themselves while raiding the nest. By removing the perch, predators are less likely to access the food. This is especially important if you plan to add a nesting box for your dog squirrel.
Using a squirrel stopper pole
A patented squirrel stopper pole will keep pesky squirrels from raiding your bird feeder. This pole system features a center baffle that rocks and floats, making it impossible for the squirrels to climb. The feeders will hang at six to five feet high, making it possible for you to fill them without having to climb a ladder. The pole system weighs nine pounds, and shipping may require additional freight, depending on the size of your order and destination zone.
A squirrel baffle is made of galvanized pipe. You can easily make one by cutting and marking a pipe using a sharpie. Clamp the pipe to the pole. Make sure to clutch the pole tightly. This will prevent the squirrel from slipping down and coming into the birdfeed. This way, your birdhouse will not be torn down by squirrels and will last longer.
Greasing the pole
One method for deterring squirrels is by lubricating the poles. This can be accomplished by wrapping a plastic tubing around them or applying mustard oil. This can make the poles slippery and more difficult to climb. Some lubricants can be harsh on the prey, so it is best to stay away from these chemicals. You may also want to place a slinky in the base of the dog squirrel birdhouse to deter the animal from climbing it.
If you decide to use petroleum jelly, it is important to know that it is toxic to squirrels. Never use it for your bird feeder poles, as it will only cause them to slide down. You can use slinkies or baffles instead. Either of these methods will deter the squirrel from accessing stored food. Regardless of how you decide to protect your birds, there is nothing worse than watching them staring at a pole and getting frustrated.
Putting up a separate squirrel feeder
A separate feeder for squirrels is an option for people who don’t want to let the birds eat from their bird feeder. It should be located a distance away from the bird feeder, so squirrels will not be able to reach it. In addition to bird seed, it should be filled with other treats, such as nuts, instead of bird seed. This method is both cost-effective and entertaining for the birds.
In addition to keeping the birds away from the birdfeeders, squirrel proof feeders should be placed higher. One study found that squirrels cannot jump higher than five feet, so placing the feeder five feet above the ground will keep them away from it. Higher feeders are also a better choice, as smaller birds can get to the seeds, while squirrels will be kept out of the birdhouse.
Adding a squirrel baffle
Adding a squirrel baffle to hummingbird feeders can help prevent vermin from eating your bird food. This easy DIY project involves making a squirrel baffle from a $1 bowl. Drill a hole in the center of the bowl and slide it onto the pole holding the feeder. After that, you’re ready to hang your feeders.
You can attach the baffles with L-brackets, pop rivets, screws, or L-brackets. You must ensure that the baffles fit snugly onto the pole. You can also use stainless steel mixing bowls as baffles. Cut out the bottom portion so the squirrel cannot grasp it. To hold the squirrel baffle on the pole, use hose clamps or L-brackets.
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.