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Keep Squirrels out of Feeders

By flaflwrgrl
April 11, 2013

To keep squirrels out of your bird feeders you can hang the feeder using strong mono-filament line from a limb which is 6 feet off the ground. You must be sure to keep the feeder 6 feet from the trunk of the tree as well as 6 feet from any other branches. The squirrels can not hold onto the fishing line to get to the feeder & they (almost always) can't jump the distance to the feeder.

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crittergarden
Apr 11, 2013 7:32 AM CST
Thank you for this.
I've known there is a distance they can't jump, but I didn't know what it was.
And I had no idea about the mono-filament!
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 11, 2013 8:34 AM CST
YVW! I learned this from a wise old neighbor lady. The biggest problem is that you have to have trees old enough to get the proper distances that you need.
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crittergarden
Apr 11, 2013 9:09 AM CST
You could fabricate a pole.

First idea that comes to mind is to take a PVC pipe 6 feet high, drill a hole in it on an angle that you could slip a smaller pipe/pole into, with the feeder on the end of the smaller pole.

In fact, I think I will do it this way.
I can slip the smaller pole out to fill the feeder.

And I can put it where I want it!
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 11, 2013 11:06 AM CST
See? Improving upon ideas. That's ingenuity! Or how to build a better mousetrap. Hilarious!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Apr 11, 2013 2:50 PM CST
One of my past-times, is to try to out-think my squirrel friends. My three feeders are all at least 8' away from the oak trunks, and the squirrels can easily jump from trunk to feeder at that distance. I began putting up fine-mesh netting, suspended from the branches and then tied to the lower trunk. Some of my netting is now three panels thick. Each time the squirrels figured out a way to bypass a sheet of netting, I put another sheet over it, wider and higher. We have a constant battle but it is fun to sit out on my porch with a cup of coffee and watch the squirrels try one thing and then another, until they either finally figure out a way to get to my feeder or they give up. Of course, they always come back day after day, having a go at it again. I have found that it is not terribly important how high the feeders are, though all of mine are approximately 6' high. They are that height so I don't bump my head when walking under them. My squirrels don't seem to be able to jump straight up from the ground to the feeders. I have never seen them even try this. They have to either approach them from the tree trunks or branches above the feeders. My feeders are hanging from wire, and the squirrels don't use the wire. They just jump to the feeders, and sometimes the branches are six feet (at least) above the feeder. All my feeders have plastic "cones" suspended above them to not only confuse the squirrels (not very effective) but to keep the seed dry during rains. Ken in Mississippi
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crittergarden
Apr 11, 2013 3:25 PM CST
"How to build a better bird feeder".
Big Grin
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 11, 2013 4:25 PM CST
drdawg said:One of my past-times, is to try to out-think my squirrel friends. My three feeders are all at least 8' away from the oak trunks, and the squirrels can easily jump from trunk to feeder at that distance. I began putting up fine-mesh netting, suspended from the branches and then tied to the lower trunk. Some of my netting is now three panels thick. Each time the squirrels figured out a way to bypass a sheet of netting, I put another sheet over it, wider and higher. We have a constant battle but it is fun to sit out on my porch with a cup of coffee and watch the squirrels try one thing and then another, until they either finally figure out a way to get to my feeder or they give up. Of course, they always come back day after day, having a go at it again. I have found that it is not terribly important how high the feeders are, though all of mine are approximately 6' high. They are that height so I don't bump my head when walking under them. My squirrels don't seem to be able to jump straight up from the ground to the feeders. I have never seen them even try this. They have to either approach them from the tree trunks or branches above the feeders. My feeders are hanging from wire, and the squirrels don't use the wire. They just jump to the feeders, and sometimes the branches are six feet (at least) above the feeder. All my feeders have plastic "cones" suspended above them to not only confuse the squirrels (not very effective) but to keep the seed dry during rains. Ken in Mississippi


OY! Maybe they grow 'em bigger in Mississippi. Hilarious! At the time I learned this it was way down in coastal S. Fl. -- maybe our squirrels were smaller & couldn't jump as far.
The dh & I have had fun watching squirrels slide down the pole of a pole feeder b/c we greased it with Vaseline. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Apr 11, 2013 8:09 PM CST
Here in Mississippi, we put everyone and everything on a diet with strict excercise. You know, we are all obese here. Apparently the squirrels have taken to the program, thus their ability to jump further. I could long-jump 23' in college, some 50 years ago. I think I can register about 2.3' now. Not a sign of obesity, just old age! The only thing similar between me and the squirrels is that we are both called "gray". Confused Ken
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 11, 2013 9:00 PM CST
Maybe you can't jump as far now but your sense of humor undoubtedly has, like fine wine, improved with age. There are benefits to being gray. nodding
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Apr 12, 2013 6:13 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

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