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Old 06-06-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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i'd rather feed squirrels than birds. they're cuter, smarter, and don't poop all over my car.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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I feed both. Have a "squirrel diner" where they have to lift the lid of the container to get the goods (gotta make them work for it!)
No more poop around my jeep than normal...now my deck and fence? That's another story
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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I love this thread! We have bird feeders which of course attracted the squirrels. We have a german shepherd and a chow/shepherd and they sit at the back door waiting and watching. When they see the squirrels, they start whining. We let them out and ......BUH BYE squirrels.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:54 AM
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Also a big fan of the hot suet!
I've yet to find a seed the grackles won't eat. I probably should have gone with the feeders with the collapsable perch vs the ones where their weight makes the outside of the feeder 'drop'...they just hang on to the outside and squeeze their beaks through.
What seed combo do u use? Thought about just a sunflower/safflower mix but don't want to limit the variety of visitors (or will it?) they all love the Wild bird store blend but they were killing 3 tubes a day!?!?
Lets see....
  • Two thistle feeders (3ft tubes). It helps keep the goldfinches away from my other feeders (they are beautiful birds, by really messy eaters)
  • A 10lb feeder with a songbird mix. I use Lyric from Wildbirds Unlimited, but other blends would probably work just as well.
  • A 10lb feeder with sunflower hearts. I use this at a corner of my deck. An all-around favorite (no surprise there :-), especially of the bluebirds who seem to like it more than mealworms. This is the one over which I battle the squirrels the most.
  • Two suet feeders (with hot-pepper suet)
  • A hummingbird feeder (hummzinger brand).
I fill most on a weekly basis, except the thistle feeders which I sometimes need to fill twice a week.

For the grackles, I just use feeders that are too small for them, but large enough for the songbirds. I haven't had any problem with them since swapping out my feeders close to 10 years ago.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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We were having the same problem until we purchased a baffle from Lowes Home Improvement about two weeks ago. It is working like a dream and the squirrels are reduced to grovelling on the ground for spilt seed.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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Lets see....
  • Two thistle feeders (3ft tubes). It helps keep the goldfinches away from my other feeders (they are beautiful birds, by really messy eaters)
  • A 10lb feeder with a songbird mix. I use Lyric from Wildbirds Unlimited, but other blends would probably work just as well.
  • A 10lb feeder with sunflower hearts. I use this at a corner of my deck. An all-around favorite (no surprise there :-), especially of the bluebirds who seem to like it more than mealworms. This is the one over which I battle the squirrels the most.
  • Two suet feeders (with hot-pepper suet)
  • A hummingbird feeder (hummzinger brand).
I fill most on a weekly basis, except the thistle feeders which I sometimes need to fill twice a week.

For the grackles, I just use feeders that are too small for them, but large enough for the songbirds. I haven't had any problem with them since swapping out my feeders close to 10 years ago.
Nice!
I'll have to try the sunflower hearts...although mealworms didn't attract the bluebirds (but the brown thrashers and robins were appreciative) but maybe my yard/area isn't suitable.
Not sure of the size of mine but I have a smaller Squirrel Buster out front and the grackles still hang on it and get what they want (getting a lot of exercise shoo'ing them!). It has a mix seed. Also a thistle in the tree out front.
Out back I have 2 bigger Squirrel Busters with mix, a 'box/grill thingy' that I can put those big bird seed cakes in (which I douse with the hot liquid), a suet holder, bird bath and the squirrel diner. Oh and a double hook for fruit that the squirrels and catbirds like.
I usually fill everything on Tuesdays and Fridays but fill the smaller one out front more regularly. I only have to fill the thistle feeders once a week.
Its been cool the last week or so seeing all the mamas/papas and babies out and about...esp. 'my' red bellied woodpeckers.
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:10 AM
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I love this thread! We have bird feeders which of course attracted the squirrels. We have a german shepherd and a chow/shepherd and they sit at the back door waiting and watching. When they see the squirrels, they start whining. We let them out and ......BUH BYE squirrels.
Very good way to reduce the squirrel traffic..

What do YOU do with the ones they catch?
Our Plott hound usually brings us 1 or 2 a month...

Not sure if they are good for fryin' or if I should make a stew?
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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I just want to know if that squirrel in the video can be trained to steal diamonds and what he charges?
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Very good way to reduce the squirrel traffic..

What do YOU do with the ones they catch?
Our Plott hound usually brings us 1 or 2 a month...

Not sure if they are good for fryin' or if I should make a stew?

They havent caught one yet but I told my husband I do NOT want to know when they do catch one and he better dispose of it without me ever seeing it!!!
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