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Old 08-29-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Rogers, AR
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I have a beautiful free standing wooden gazebo type bird feeder in my backyard. It's near a tree so of course I get more squirrles then birds. Any ideas? If I put out food that squirrels will like better, will they leave the brid foo alone or will I just get fat squirrels?
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Arizona Desert
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They actually make squirrel-proof bird food. It is made with the hottest parts of capsaicin chili peppers (squirrels and other mammals taste the hot sensation of chili peppers, while birds do not). Simply google "squirrel proof bird seed" to find out where you can get it.

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Old 08-29-2010, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I even have squirrels drinking all the hummingbird feeder nectar. The "hot" bird food is the only solution I have found for robber squirrels. No bevels, scarecrow sprinklers or anything else works. I'm so tired to feeding squirrels and deer..............
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Rogers, AR
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Thank you. I am going to try the squirrel proof seed. I wonder if I had chili powder to my bird food now if it would work.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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If the feeder isn't cemented in, I would move it far enough away that only the most
daring will try the leap...and, there are really good metal shrouds that go on almost
any feeder post or pole, to keep everything short of bears off. We have one on a free
standing pole feeder and even our tenacious 'coons can't get up. Bird feeder sites on
the net have many to pick from.

The "hot pepper" food is so-so quality, imo. You might buy your normal feed and toss
in sparingly, some cheapo bulk hot pepper into the mix. We feed a couple of mtn red
squirrels and a flying squirrel on one feeder, but they are not gluttons.
GL, mD
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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When we lived in the country I had a great time trying to out-smart the squirrels, I actually enjoyed it, and could write a book. When we moved into town I heard about some squirrel proof feeders and bought two. One will give them a very mild shock when they make contact with two parts while feeding. Two visits will cure them but when the new batch comes out in the summer it starts all over again. A few times I have had the pleasure of seeing one in it's first or second experience. When the shock hits it, it will bail out and sit on the ground looking at the feeder with a what the happened look on it's face. No, the shock does not hurt them. Occasionally while cleaning or filling the feeder I forget to turn it off and it feels more like a vibration than a shock. Oh, they are battery powered.

The other has a motorized perch around the base. The weight of a bird will not activate it, but a squirrel will. When the squirrel gets on it, it rotates and the squirrel finally looses its grip and falls. I had one of those feeders hanging above a deck rail. A squirrel jumped up onto it and was "rejected". It came right back onto the deck rail and went through all that again. It came back again and stopped below the feeder, looking at it. It would get ready to jump, then change it's mind. It did that several times, then gave up, left, and never came back. As I said; "I could write a book".
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: rain city
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I like squirrels.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I like squirrels.
I have to admit that I also do. We had some growing up at my grandparents that loved peanuts (okay they all do) and we would feed them. One day, my grandpa was working in the garage and one came over and tugged on his pant leg...like hey, I am ready for my peanut now.

I put up separate squirrel feeders - with corn on the cob and peanuts and they usually leave the bird feeders alone because that isn't the good stuff. But, the moment I am not on top of filling them up, they go straight to the bird feeder. So, even when we are gone our pet sitter has to make sure the squirrels have their food.

We only have about five or six but I just love them.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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I have a beautiful free standing wooden gazebo type bird feeder in my backyard. It's near a tree so of course I get more squirrles then birds. Any ideas? If I put out food that squirrels will like better, will they leave the brid foo alone or will I just get fat squirrels?
1. Move feeder it to a location where the squirrels cannot jump from the tree down onto the feeder.

2. Place a baffle up the post about 2' below the feeder to prevent squirrels from climbing up it and your feeder should be protected just fine.
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Squirrels are very, very smart and I like to sit and watch them trying to figure out a way to get to a new feeder or one that has been moved. You can almost hear the wheels spinning. The young ones, when Mom first takes them out for "training", are especially fun to watch.
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