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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First I cut some salvaged 1.5" copper pipe into 3/4" lengths with a pipe cutter I borrowed from my son Kyle.
Using all purpose silicone I attached all of the copper pieces together and wiped off the excess as I went.
I created 2 pyramid shapes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I drilled a 1.5" hole to accept the pole it would sit on.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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Materials I used for this project:
- 1.5" copper pipe (salvaged)
- Glass (salvaged)
- Seat belt material (salvaged)