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Old 08-14-2015, 06:45 AM
 
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After fighting them for eons I found that it is just easier to figure out a way to let them eat a little too and follow the adage that "what resists persists."
Everything has to eat.
We love our squirrels! And chipmunks too. They are more fun to watch than any TV show.
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:47 AM
 
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:51 AM
 
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Only thing I've found that works is a Squirrel Buster Plus feeder. Pricey, but carries a life time repair/replacement guarantee. If a squirrel gets on the feeder, it's weight closes off the seed cups. It's very amusing to watch a new squirrel in the hood attempt to thwart the feeder. Never works, but they sure are inventive when they try.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:23 AM
 
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We have 4 squirrels that eat at our bird feeders at our cottage. We get so many laughs from their antics and squabbling amongst each other. They don't deter the birds coming and going. The birds just work around them.

Why not sit back and enjoy them instead of waging war with them? They need to eat too.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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We have 4 squirrels that eat at our bird feeders at our cottage. We get so many laughs from their antics and squabbling amongst each other. They don't deter the birds coming and going. The birds just work around them.

Why not sit back and enjoy them instead of waging war with them? They need to eat too.
Bird seed is expensive (or at least what I buy is). I cannot afford to feed all the squirrels in the neighborhood. Sorry.
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:06 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure that squirrel was trained to do that. The homeowner most likely added one new obstacle over time and kept rewarding the squirrel with food. The squirrel became comfortable going through the familiar obstacles and the one new one each time until the video was produced. Most squirrels around my house wouldn't go into a tube where it couldn't see or anything like that.

As for my house, I hung a regular bird feeder from a 3' cable connected to a tree branch. The jump from the tree branch is too far for them to attempt to hit the small bird feeder, and they can't jump from the ground and grab it. The cable is too thin for them to grip and slide down it.
I had one of those small cages that you put a bird feed brick inside of. The squirrels would jump on it from tree branches since the chain was about 12" long (Not a far jump, and they can grip the cage). I eventually mounted it on a gutter downspout bracket on the side of the house where there's nothing for the squirrels to climb onto to make the jump.
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