Tuesday, April 24, 2012

a squirrel proof birdfeeder that really works!

Okay, this might be a bit off topic…but this is for my fellow backyard bird feeders and is too good not to share. We’ve struggled with squirrels getting in our feeders for years. We tried it all but as many of you know, squirrels are clever lil’ varmints and always managed to get into and destroy our feeders.







Then we came up with this arrangement.  It is so simple (and cheap) but it works!  Every once in a while you will get one amazingly acrobatic squirrel who will find a way onto this feeder but in general, it is 99% effective.


How to make a squirrel proof bird feeder



To make it you will need:
  • a 10 foot 4x4 inch post
  • an 8 foot 2x4
  • 5-inch stove pipe (about 5-6 feet)
  • wood screws and lag bolts
Total cost: $25-30
Placement:  This is KEY.  You must place the feeder 10 feet away from any kind of tree or structure or hanging branches.  Remember, those varmints can JUMP!


Directions:
  • Dig a hole and place the 4x4 post in the ground. You will need to bury it approximately 3 feet deep.  Tamp the ground firmly and make sure your post is secure and level.


  • Cut the 2x4 in half.  Position pieces in a cross position and attach with screws.  Attach the cross piece to the top of the pole (we used 3 lag bolts).  Attach the stove pipe to the top of the post. 


That’s it! Now you’re ready to attach the feeders.


The best part is watching the little devils scrabble futilely at the stove pipe. Ahhh, the fiendish delight I get in this.  Plus, you'lll get to watch way more of these:




Kristina Wentzell, cardinal, oil on canvas, 5 x 5 inches.  ©2011

Kristina Wentzell, goldfinch, oil on canvas, 5 x 5 inches. ©2011




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