Everyone likes the furry and impish squirrels that reside in our gardens. They’re usually playful and display intelligence, determination and cunning. This element of their personality is most presented when they start raiding the bird feeders. As squirrels really like to eat most if not all of the food on the feeders, bird lovers are usually on the lookout for bird feeders that are squirrel proof.
The size of the squirrels permits them to take over any unguarded bird feeders and drive the birds away. This has made bird feeder producers investigate how they can make their different bird feeders more squirrel resistant. One company has generated a bird feeder that uses the squirrel’s own weight entirely against it. In this feeder, when the squirrel lies on the perch, its weight induces the battery powered motor to activate. The motor will make the perch flip up and close the feeder against the intruder. The squirrel’s own personal weight causes it to go flying through the air (the squirrel in reality only tumbles off of the feeder perch). This squirrel proof bird feeder is known as the Yankee Flipper Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. Quite a mouthful but it does the job.
In addition to this there are other ways that have been considered in the unceasing war against squirrels.
Baffles and feeder combinations are one more way. Here a squirrel proof baffle is set on a pole mounted feeder below the feeder. The baffle should be right above the feeder if the bird feeder is being hung from a strong chain. The baffle is a sizable dome that the squirrel has trouble jumping over and climbing around because the finish is smooth and slippery. Another type of squirrel proof feeder is a tube feeder that is enclosed by a wire cage. Here the holes of the cage are too minute for the squirrel to access the seed. They are however just the exact size for birds to consume their seeds in peace. This feeder is termed as a Caged Bird Feeder.
For imaginative people, you can squirrel proof your feeder by placing it on a wire mounted platform. Connect the two ends of the wire to two sturdy walls or posts. Now in between the feeder and the posts, put PVC tubing on the wire. When the squirrel attempts to walk over the tubing to reach the feeder the slippery tubing will spin, thereby prompting the squirrel to lose its balance.
The main thing to remember in your fight with squirrels is that they are unrelenting, agile and acrobatic. The ideal way to squirrel proof your feeders is to place them away from places like trees, railings and roofs that squirrels can launch themselves from. This would mean at least 8 to 10 feet away from those places, and your feeder should be kept 4 feet above the ground. This is the most notable way to squirrel proof your birds’ food from squirrels. Or you could always simply just throw in the towel and start feeding the squirrels as well!