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1.12. How do I keep squirrels out of my feeders?




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This article is from the Birds FAQ, by Lanny Chambers with numerous contributions by others.

1.12. How do I keep squirrels out of my feeders?

You will not be able to exclude squirrels entirely, as they are wily
creatures. If you view your interaction with squirrels as a war,
you will lose, and most people find it very demoralizing to be defeated
by an opponent with a brain the size of a ball bearing.

In most cases, you can diminish squirrels' consumption of your bird feed
through three simple tactics:


+ Place your bird feeder on a post at least 10 ft (3 m) away
from any potential jumping-off point.
+ Mount a baffle on the post. A length of stovepipe, closed at the top,
works very well.
+ Ensure that there is some food for squirrels, such as
by tolerating spillage of bird feed.




 

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