Does anyone use a peanut feeder made from perforated metal, such as something like this one?
I'm looking for one that squirrels can't destroy and which has gaps too small for the squirrels to get to the nuts. I'm hoping if the squirrels can't get into it they will leave it alone.
I could exclude the squirrels by putting the current wire mesh feeder(which the tree rats are slowly dismantling) in a cage but that would also exclude the great spotted woodpeckers and ring necked parakeets too.
I'm happy to buy another feeder but don't want to if it will get destroyed too.
Not sure about squirrels but if somebody finds a jackdaw proof one I'm interested !
I heard somewhere that squirrels don't like chilli powder, but birds don't mind, hence dust the peanuts with chilli powder before serving to the birds
I don't know what you're hanging it off but Knowing that they can climb down string or twine, I hang mine from plastic strimmer line and it seems to stop them getting any purchase with their claws.
Look on the RSPB shop for squirrel guardians - these work pretty well for me (although I don't know how compatible they are with bird feeders from other places).
For Sans-Plan, they don't keep the Jackdaws out entirely, but they do make it a lot harder for them to hoover everything up and the other birds get a look it.
Found smearing vasoline on the lid and pole worked well, for squirrels. This was a tip from someone who worked at a zoo
I've been losing a battle of wits against the squirrels in our garden recently as their constant presence on the bird feeders has been scaring the birds away. It also put them at risk from the cat as they crossed the lawn.
I've come to the conclusion that, rather than individually squirrel proof feeders, it is easier and cheaper to squirrel proof the feeder pole. An upturned bucket/wastebin shaped thing mounted on the pole below the feeders seems to work well. The top has to be high enough that they can't just jump onto the top from the floor and it has to not have a lip around the bottom edge that they can reach out to from the pole then dyno off for the top (I watched them do that with the Mk.1 version). Obviously the whole thing must be far enough from trees and fences that they can't just jump from there.
I ended up with much the same solution. Got a anti-squirrel cone on the pole which after some experimentation and watching them bypass it is now at the right position. Main downside is it means the feeder is more exposed than I would like so currently thinking about how I can rig the fences so they cant jump and hence be able to move it closer to cover.
I wondered how long it would be until that one came up.
Thanks for the suggestions, all. I have tried chilli powder and it does work but fades and get washed off by the rain.
The garden is narrow and I think anywhere in the garden is jumpable for a squirrel from the sides.
Thanks for the link, Kestrelspl. I might have to go for one of those.
I have a peanut feeder similar to the one in your link and the squirrels in my garden dragged it half way across the garden until it popped open. They are red and not grey squirrels so I put up with that behaviour.
In the interest of balance - Here is a bird proof squirrel feeder (patent pending)...
This thread is like Caddyshack. We’re all being outsmarted by furry wee critters 🤣
Usual cone on the pole supporting the feeders with a free moving drain pipe underneath.
On top of the feeder pole i have a stainless steel dish upside down and greased, they take a huge leap from the nearest tree and skid off the top then try again, Keeps me amused
They've not yet worked out this one in my garden
If they get their feet as far as the 'rungs' on the bottom, when they weight them a shutter closes on the peanuts.
Thanks again, folks.
Even in the pouring rain of today the little furries have almost emptied the feeder.
Our crossed terrier is very good at making the garden squirrel-free and last week he came within inches of making a squirrel, who thought it could outrun him on the ground, life-free, but he can't be on duty all day.
We have a bird feeder that was being used by squirrels. We put three lemonade bottles one above another on the feeder pole. The Squirrel cannot get past the bottles it tried jumping off the seat next to it but it just slides off! It stopped the rats too.
We also bought base plates to go on the bottom of the feeders to stop grain getting onto the ground and attracting vermin. We then put a two inch mesh cylinder which stands in the base plate. Its just simple mesh curved into a cylinder and held in shape with tape. It allows small birds access to the feeder but stops the Pidgeons . It works a treat. No rats, pidgeons or squirrels.
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