My PVC pipe-based bird feeder was spray-painted in a camoflouage(sp?) mixtu
re of red, green and brown, and the birds liked it. So did two squirrels w
ho actually ate into the PVC pipe around the four openings in the bottom si
des of the feeder. I had reused the old plastic opening moldings into the
PVC pipe to make it easier for me. The squirrels actually ate some of the
black moldings in addition to scratching the PVC vertical pipe.
So, yesterday I took the metal from the side/vertical of a large can of hai
r spray and cobbled together two pairs/sets of moldings. Birds seem to lik
e it and the squirrels seem to have given up since the new home-made moldin
gs extend 1/4 inch back from/beyond the openings in the PVC pipe. To get a
t anything other than the food thru the small openings, they will have to d
o some serious digging into the smooth PVC pipe surface. Time will tell.
I'll post/let everyone know what happens in about a week or so after the sq
uirrels have a chance to gnaw thru whatever they decide tastes good. Sprin
g is definitely here in the Chicago suburbs, the grass is green, tulips and
daffodils are showing buds, the maple trees and pussywillows are starting
to bud, and the worms are crawling over both dirt and blacktop. So, there
should be a good choice of foods available for them to gnaw on.
On 3/22/2016 11:25 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Squirrels will learn, over time, how to beat it. If it is possible,
they will then remember and go through it like nothing. Google
"squirrel learns obstacle course" and there are many funny videos of
what was supposed to be squirrel proof feeders. BTW, my wife used to
just sets up several feed stations, some for birds and some for the
rodents with cute tails and all seem to coexist. Where we live not, in
western NC, squirrels are not the problem ... bears are. Some friends
put out bird feeders everyday and then at dusk take them in before the
bears destroy them.
Another story about squirrels. When living in the Chi area, we had a
screened in porch. The 1st winter we didn't bother closing the screen
doors as there were no bothersome insects. Well, one day I came home
from work and turned on the yard flood lights to let the dog out and
nothing. The breaker was tripped and would not reset. I later
discovered that the squirrels had come into the porch, crawled up into
the eve openings and gnawed through the romex feeding the floods. They
took about 3 or 4 feet of insulation off the wires and because the
switch was off, didn't get zapped. So after that, the doors were always
closed all winter long.
On Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:49:39 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
They sell Squirrel Guards, which is sort of an inverted metal funnel.
They go around the pole. Of course you have to make sure the squirrels
cant get to the feeder from the top, such as a tree or roof. Search the
web for these. You can probably make your own too.
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