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How to Make an Awesome Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder!

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Squirrels love bird seed and if they get into your bird feeder they will empty it in a day! It becomes too expensive! The gears started turning and got me thinking about how I could build a diy bird feeder that only birds could enter but still be a nice addition to look at in the garden.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $10 Difficulty: Advanced
Have a look at how I built this copper and glass squirrel proof bird feeder in detail in this short video. And it has footage of the little rascals trying to get into it!!
....and here's an UPDATE video on some improvements I've made to this squirrel proof bird feeder.

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  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
First I cut some salvaged 1.5" copper pipe into 3/4" lengths with a pipe cutter I borrowed from my son Kyle.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
Using all purpose silicone I attached all of the copper pieces together and wiped off the excess as I went.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
I created 2 pyramid shapes.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
Once the silicone is cured they are very strong.
You Tube is a great teacher and I taught myself how to cut glass. I salvaged some glass from some old windows for zero cost.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
I used the same silicone to adhere the 2 pyramid shapes to the glass base. The green tape makes it easier to align and prevent any silicone that oozes out.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
Seat belt material from any vehicle is low cost from the wreckers. Seat belts in cars are meant to take abuse from the sun so it works perfectly as a hinge on the glass.

  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
Now silicone one side of the pyramid only and place the hinged glass over it. Once dry, the other side can be opened to fill with bird seed.
After silicone has cured, it is easy to clean up with a razor blade scraper to tidy it up.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
I drilled a 1.5" hole to accept the pole it would sit on.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
I then screwed it to a piece of 3/4" ply and siliconed it to the bottom of the glass using 4 coins as spacers until the silicone dried. (I wanted a small amount of space in case water got in there to allow it to dry)
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
A piece of coat hanger was easy to bend to make a latch. The squirrels do not even go near it since the glass is too slippery for them to navigate.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
I've tried a few perches but the best perch I've made has been a piece of scrap 3/4 wood with a slot cut into it. I just used silicone to attach it. Very sturdy.
In my UPDATE video, I used ABS pipe rings to attach a perch but it did not work well at all. This perch is the better of the 2.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
Here it is mounted and ready for seed! Watch the video to see the whole build and how the squirrels react to it, they just can't get into it! Watch how some smaller birds will go right inside the feeder to get the seed! All the materials you'll need will be in the description of the video.
  • how to make an awesome squirrel proof bird feeder
For more interesting builds just search "Chris Notap" or visit my you tube channel and subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrnCSQJB4c1_rOKJRzSZemg?view_as=public

Materials I used for this project:

  • 1.5" copper pipe   (salvaged)
  • Glass   (salvaged)
  • Seat belt material   (salvaged)
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To see more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrnCSQJB4c1_rOKJRzSZemg?view_as=public

  • Ginny R
    Ginny R
    on Aug 2, 2017

    How ingenius!! I stopped feeding the birds because no matter whatI did, the squirrels (or bears) beat me out.

  • Penny4431
    Penny4431
    on Aug 2, 2017

    I love this project. Totally amazing. I am not talented enough to make it. I think you should make kits for this and sell it on Amazon. You are a very clever guy to outsmart the squirrels. I want to buy the first kit. Good job!

  • Roses4me77
    Roses4me77
    on Aug 3, 2017

    Although it looks great and I'm sure the birds would appreciate it, I wonder what would happen when a bird accidentally flies into the glass thinking it's a fly-in zone with no obstruction. Our birds sometimes fly into our kitchen window because of a reflection and they end up on the ground either totally dazed or hurt/in shock. Good idea for squirrel proofing and keeping the rain out, but not sure about the birds being safe.

    • Barbara
      Barbara Kannapolis, NC
      on Aug 6, 2017

      Before assembly lightly etch the inside of the glass with acid available in hobby stores and called something like GlassEtch. It will make the glass a bit cloudy so the birds can see it but leave the surface too smooth for the squirrels to navigate.

  • Carol
    Carol La Rue, OH
    on Aug 10, 2017

    Really good job.

  • Jenny
    Jenny United Kingdom
    Yesterday

    Oh I love this. We have a little wood behind our back garden so although we get a huge variety of birds we also get squirrels! Lots of squirrels! We buy "squirrel proof feeders" and use plastic cable ties - the squirrels spend days chewing the ties open, feeder falls to the ground and then it's squirrel party time!

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