The DEFEEDER - Make Your Hanging Bird Feeder Squirrel Proof.
I love squirrels, but bird food is expensive. Those little fuzz brains are pure artists, when comes plotting problem solutions. You can see them think and evaluating the situation. They are also not giving up easily, when they fail at their first attempt; and they learn as they go - very admirable!
You can turn any hanging bird feeder into a DeFeeder, at a very minimal price, if you can create the right conditions.
The squirrels will still get enough food from the seeds, the birds are throwing overboard.
I assure can you, no squirrel has been harmed in my attempt to keep them out of my bird feeder.
1) my hanging bird feeder, which is rather large
2) cloth line assembly
3) a snow saucer for children (5 bucks at Giant Tiger)
4) a 3/16 press-board sheet 4' X 4' (6 bucks at Home Depot)
5) Some exterior paint
I used a spare cloths line assembly, that I installed between our back deck and a fence line tree.
This way, I do not have to walk into the deep snow, when I have to top up the feeder.
A plexiglass disk would be ideal, but corrugated plastic or sheet metal would be great too as long as the disk is large enough to reach beyond that sweet point, were the squirrel still has something to hang on to.
In my case, I wanted to go cheap, as I was just experimenting and did not want to waste too much material.
After I cut my ~3 feet diameter disk out of the 4X4 pressboard, I painted it with some left over exteriour paint to water protect it. That will hopefully prevent it from getting wet and warped.
The saucer was important to stabilize the black disk, as it was very thin.
If you use a smaller, lighter feeder, you may have to tie a knot into the line, about 2-3 inches above the feeders roof, so the feeder itself does not get tilted. The disk will have to rest on this knot.
I should have zoomed in, but then one would miss out on all the little action. So look closely for those little black furry things. Sorry for the bad quality. This is my first time filming and posting.
Pamela on Jul 05, 2020
Loved your "drama" music. Squirrels are funny. They are pretty greedy though. I have two that I feed out of a dish on the ground..sunflowed seeds. Great video. Thanks. I love your grey squirres. We had one here. Haven't seen him since our tree split in have from the weight of snow. (Colorado)