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Old 02-08-2017, 07:25 AM
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Interesting that that works. I do hate feeding good seed to those darn house sparrows!

Now, can you come up with something to deter the sqirrels?
After going through years of feeders, we found one. The lower perching bar is very sensitive, if a squirrel gets on its weight immediately pulls the thing shut. The link is below. A bit pricey - but it really works.
My wife thought it was just going to be another failure, those crafty buggers always figure out a way in. But lo and behold - this one does actually work. Not one sunflower seed lost to the squirrels:


Perky-Pet Squirrel Slammer Bird Feeder-5141-2 - The Home Depot
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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After going through years of feeders, we found one. The lower perching bar is very sensitive, if a squirrel gets on its weight immediately pulls the thing shut. The link is below. A bit pricey - but it really works.
My wife thought it was just going to be another failure, those crafty buggers always figure out a way in. But lo and behold - this one does actually work. Not one sunflower seed lost to the squirrels:


Perky-Pet Squirrel Slammer Bird Feeder-5141-2 - The Home Depot
I actally do have one of those, but a different brand. Doesn't stop them from climbing all over it, and a few times they've actually somehow gotten their little feet in the hopper and cleaned the thing out.

Ah, well, live and let live I guess. Gives my dog something to obsess about.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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You should totally patent that thing. A genuine sparrow-proof squirrel-proof feeder. The world has been waiting a long time!
It is not actually squirrel-proof. Like I said in another post, I have hung the thing in the yard on a shepherd's hook with a squirrel baffle on the shaft to prevent squirrels reaching the feeder. But sparrows have yet to find a way to fly into the feeder. As for starlings and other birds often found on the unwanted birds list, I do not know how well the feeder would work to deprive them.

Anyone who wants to put in the time and the expense to look into patenting the thing, I'd split any profits 50-50. I'm too lazy to look into it myself and I think the efforts would probably be met with indifference. And then there is the distinct possibility that something like it is out there already.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:59 PM
 
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I have squirrels that shimmy up my shepherd's hooks. I could put the hooks in the middle of the yard, with no trees or bushes around, and the squirrels would happily feed at the feeders hanging from the hooks. As they do now. Squirrels are amazingly adaptive!
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:52 PM
 
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house sparrows are a no-no for me.

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they are rats with feathers ..they are roaches with feathers ..


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Old 02-09-2017, 06:36 AM
 
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Those are house sparrows, not field sparrows,
swamp sparrows, chipping sparrows, etc. Not to worry.
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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Those are house sparrows, not field sparrows,
swamp sparrows, chipping sparrows, etc. Not to worry.
I love all sparrows.
Yes, even the hated "house sparrow".



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