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    Maybe that didn't come out quite right, but---This is the first winter goodwife has been home all winter, not out working a contract somewhere. I put up two birdfeed stations for her to watch all the different birds that come to the feeders. (An open weave nylon bag with a big chunk of suet mixed with peanut butter in it.) She has had a lot of enjoyment out of our wide variety of feathered friends, but last week the squirrels discovered the feeders and they were gone in one day. This morning I set out to buy a squirrel proof feeder, and of course, nobody sells the kind that hangs in a tree, only pole mounted ones. So--I bought the plastic domes for an outrageous price, stopped at the hardware store for a couple of eyebolts and big washers, then came home and machined an aluminum endpiece with 5/16" unc thread in it and a cross hole to run a cord thru to make my own hanging squirrel proof feeder. Its amazing how handy it is to have a lathe and milling machine!!!.
    Brian Rupnow

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    Lol,, yup those damned squirrels will eat everything there besides chasing all the birds away!!
    That plastic dome will stop them.

    Used to hang mine off the clothesline, (just reel it in to refill it, then reel it back out,) the squirrels tried everything they could think of to try to get to it, even climbing along the wire for a bit upside down, but being plastic coated , they would loose their grip and fall off.
    The feeder was about 8ft from the corner of my woodshed, and i have watched them try to jump across to it, but the closest i ever saw them jump was about 5-6ft, then fall down into the snow.
    They would try it a number of times , it was hilarious to watch.

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    • #3
      Be sure you have the camera ready to go at a moments notice.

      You have now challenged the squirrel(s).

      1st picture should be of one sitting on the dome
      2nd one is squirrel hanging from pivot by rear legs reaching around plastic dome.
      Then a couple of squirrel hitting ground
      Maybe one of squirrel chewing dome edge off
      Finally one of squirrel hanging off suet bag followed by
      Suet bag on ground or totally carted off.

      Over the years my most successful one was one on a pole with about a 36" diameter galvanized garbage can lid under it that really flopped around on the pole so every time the squirrel tried to reach around it it jus flopped around. Tried plastic lids Nd domes but eventually the squirrels would figure how to chew a hole right through them. Even that could be entertaining though since it might take them a month to do it.

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      • #4
        You are fortunate the raccoons haven't found the feeders. Those guys completely destroy them. And if you think squirrels are smart, you don't want to go up against the coons. Hope you have good luck with your defensive countermeasures.
        Cheers,
        Gary

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        • #5
          Hi all

          Racoons! What about this guy....

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPsgZTFnOkk

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          • #6
            One of our local Al-Coonda operatives awaiting rendition after depredations upon the food supply of the barn cats. The terror cell contained another member, but was ultimately eliminated.




            Squirrels were foiled by pieces of plastic pipe..... they cannot climb it, walk on it, or jump to it.
            1601

            Keep eye on ball.
            Hashim Khan

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            • #7
              Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
              One of our local Al-Coonda operatives awaiting rendition after depredations upon the food supply of the barn cats. The terror cell contained another member, but was ultimately eliminated.




              Squirrels were foiled by pieces of plastic pipe..... they cannot climb it, walk on it, or jump to it.
              That's a REAL "home grown terrorist".
              Cheers,
              Gary

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              • #8
                Squirrel is darn tasty! Makes the best brown gravy on the planet! Shoot them in the head (.22 or pellet gun) so as not to mess up the tender meat. Squirrel and biscuits DAMN! Thats some fine eats! Limit down here is 8 per day. Best to find some nut trees, oaks, hickory, pecans and take a seat, don't move, they will be coming. Let the squirrels fall where you shot them but don't get up till you have a mess. As long as you don't move the event of one of there buddies falling from the trees dead, and the report of the .22, doesn't scare them all that much.
                James Kilroy

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                • #9
                  For all the effort iv seen squirrels spend on getting at my bird feeder, You'd think they could find there own food easier...

                  Nowadays I just scatter birdseed on the ground outside my front door. Fun watching an entire flock of birds fly off when I go out to get the paper.
                  never seen squirrels go after it, To scattered and too open, the halks would get em. (Its feeds all types of birds!)

                  Also, No sunflower seeds! Keeps the jays and crows from trying to feed on it. Noisy sobs who agressively chase everything away!

                  Sure, I mainly just get ground feeder birds, but that seems to be about 90% of what we get around here anyway. When I used to have a feeder it seems like it was 1 birds job to knock the seed outta the feeder and 10 birds would be siting under it eating! Those little brown ground feeder birds seem to hate being within 12" of eachother anyway and will chase eachother off if they are, so spread out over a wide area works best for them. At a feeder they will chase eachother off for landing next to eachother and I have seen some birds spend more time chasing eachother off then eating! Not a good use of energy.
                  Last edited by Black_Moons; 02-13-2013, 03:30 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Now that, my friends is a WOODPECKER!!! He showed up at one of my feeders this morning, and for those who don't know, that is a pileated woodpecker, and the adult bird (as this one is) is about 17" tall. I am still fighting with squirrels, (the inverted plastic shields stopped them for about half a day). Right now I've got the feed bag hanging on a 36" length of welding wire from a tree branch. The squirrels slide down the wire onto the bag, eat untill I notice and roar at them. Then they try frantically to run back up the welding wire, and after 20 seconds of maddened spinning and getting nowhere they leap off into the snow about five foot below the feeders.
                    Brian Rupnow

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                    • #11
                      We have bird/squirrel/rat/raccoon feeding stations all over the place. By feeding them all we get quite a variety of critter in the back yard. We're seeing opossum again for the first time in several years, and a coyote has come through several times recently. Our birds, squirrels, and raccoons are the regulars here, though. We're seeing a few native ground squirrels but they've been replaced by the European grey squirrels. By putting lots of seed, suet, and catfood out at deck level and on hangars they all get along. Over night the rats finish off what is left over.


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                      • #12
                        The raccoons remind me of a gas customer. That moved out hear from Houston. They moved in to an older home in the woods. We went over to turn on the gas and check the system for leaks. She started to tell us about the quietest pack of wild dogs that came to her back porch last night. There wear seven of them and they all had ringed tales and little masks on. I didn’t say much just said ok and walked away.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jeremy13 View Post
                          The raccoons remind me of a gas customer. That moved out hear from Houston. They moved in to an older home in the woods. We went over to turn on the gas and check the system for leaks. She started to tell us about the quietest pack of wild dogs that came to her back porch last night. There wear seven of them and they all had ringed tales and little masks on. I didn’t say much just said ok and walked away.
                          That age old question - should I tell them or should I let them find out for themselves?
                          .
                          "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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                          • #14
                            We have an inscription on our kitchen window frame that says " Kitchen Window Cafe". It refers to the fact that we can watch the critters eat at their outdoor " cafe" from our kitchen window, just about 10 or 12 feet away. I throw the food onto the ground, and the birds and squirrels , and an occasional rabbit, all eat together, and get along fine. The squirrels are quite partial to sunflower seeds, so there's really very little competition for the other seeds. I also keep a heated bowl of water nearby, which gets a lot of use. I try to feed the critters early in the day, or the rats will finish off what's left at night. When the water bowl is moved or turned over, there are usually deer tracks .
                            Last edited by Bill736; 02-20-2013, 09:39 PM.

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                            • #15
                              No doubt an HSM'er could come up with something more sophisticated, but...


                              Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Ya6z-NlDo

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