Keep Squirrels out of Feeders: still won't work

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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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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 15, 2014 8:13 PM CST
I tried everything there was to discourage squirrels from getting to my bird feeders, everything. I used thin monofilament 8-10' long and 8' from the tree's trunk. The squirrels learned how to slide down that mono! There just is not anything we humans can come up with that will deter them. Now I trap them and "re-locate" them. It was either that or begin to shoot them.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 15, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Well, you could have fun & oil the monofilament & watch them slip and slide. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 15, 2014 8:59 PM CST
I cannot tell you the number of things I came up with and the number of hours I watched those squirrels, defeating every idea I had. It was certainly entertaining. IF they would just have left my orchids alone, they would have been safe. I didn't care that they constantly emptied the bird feeders.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 15, 2014 9:19 PM CST
Yep, I agree Pretty sure my squirrels would slide down the fishing line, too. I have an expensive "squirrel proof" feeder that hangs from a large metal crook. They slide down the hanger (stainless wire) sit on the lid, then slide down the side of the feeder until they land on the ring that closes the ports so they can't get to the seeds. Each one of my many squirrels must have tried it a few times. Now they've discovered that instead of doing the slide, they can reach or jump up to the ring, open and close the ports a few times and send a little shower of seed down onto the catch net (an 18in. circle of window screen) under the feeder.

The birds spill a lot of seed, and I've just had to be satisfied to let the squirrels have what the birds spill without making them forage around on the ground and drive the cat crazy. So the catch net is now the squirrel feeder under the bird feeder.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 16, 2014 6:50 AM CST
I have one of those "catch-nets" too, but mine is 36" in diameter and hangs under a huge feeder. The squirrels will empty that feeder (8 qt.) into the net in a day. I just don't put a lot of seed in the feeder any more! Sticking tongue out
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dreamcatch
Dec 20, 2014 6:45 AM CST
I'm with you guys, if EVER anyone finds an "easy" way to keep squirrels out of bird feeders they could make a fortune, we live on 2 1/2 acres an because one person doesn't like to hear gun shots we can't kill them, taking over the property, and our house, i'm setting traps all the time, I love to watch/feed the birds but have stopped because I can't afford to feed squirrels, the bad thing is that they go and eat the scratch for my chickens also, gotta love/hate that animal.
suburb of Springfield, MA
Kat2014
Dec 20, 2014 10:06 AM CST
You might be able to adapt this method for squirrels, but I use it to keep the resident raccoons out of my feeders. I hang feeders from bungee cords. When a raccoon puts his weight on the bungee cord, it stretches, and he panics and jumps off. I use the cords sold at Home Depot that have lockable clips on each end (like key ring belt clips). I loop one end of the cord around a tree limb and clip the feeder onto the other clip. I realize you might have to use much lighter weight bungee cords for squirrels, but just maybe... I have had the critters chew through the bungee cords, though. Nothing's perfect, I guess. I gave up trying to fight the squirrels. We now have the healthiest squirrels in town. But lots of nice birds, too. Smiling
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
Dec 20, 2014 10:24 AM CST
I have never tried bungee cords, but knowing my squirrels, they would simply think it was a new game. They love to play games! Sighing!
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bayliner9999
May 11, 2015 9:24 PM CST
Go to the dollar store and buy a slinky. Attach it to the pole the feeder is on, sit back and enjoy the show.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 12, 2015 5:25 AM CST
The feeders are not on poles. They hang from trees.
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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
May 12, 2015 5:29 AM CST
Welcome, bayliner. Please tell us where you are and post that with whatever other information so that it always shows on the upper right corner of your posts. If/when you have questions, it helps to know where you live.
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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
May 12, 2015 6:03 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! to ATP bayliner!!!
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: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
May 12, 2015 7:29 AM CST
I have a feeder on top of a pole, luckily it's a metal pole so I just grease it up with SuperLube and same thing - enjoy the show. I do have to renew the grease once in a while.

Welcome to ATP bayliner!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 12, 2015 8:01 AM CST
I agree with Bayliner. The trees in our wooded backyard are "limbed up" to allow more light and air circulation but that doesn't yield suitable branches for bird feeders. We have one big feeder (electrified which didn't deter the squirrels) on a pole but all of the other seasonal feeders (suet and thistle in winter, hummingbird feeders in summer) are on shepherd hooks. The pole and the shepherd hooks each have a slinky attached year-round. Not a single invasion in several years. I have 3 different types of squirrels in the yard during daylight hours.

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