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Old 02-21-2004, 12:38 PM
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With all the talent on the board, I figure someone has some clever idea(s).

I have herds of squirrels in my yard that frequent my birdfeeders. I've tried just about everything from greasing the poles to the pellet gun solution. If the wife discovers that latter method (again), I'll be persona non grata (again).

Anyway, if you've got a solution, crazy idea that might work, or have been successful in similar endeavors, please post with pics if possible.

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Old 02-21-2004, 12:58 PM
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Get some corn on the cob and soak it in anti-freeze.

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Yea. That's real bright ERK. You ever seen an animal suffer thru something like that? MI2600....if you can't seem to get rid of them...if they aren't doing any destruction to the house, just get a fe of the feeders that you stick four ears of corn on, that has bearings and sit back and laugh. Another alternative is to get an outside cat to deter them. Ears of corn on the ground will occupy their time so as to not tear up the feeders. Another alternative is to quit feeding everything for awhile until they head somewhere else. Good luck!!

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Old 02-21-2004, 01:18 PM
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Live traps work well for squirrels. You don't want to release them too close to home or they'll be back. Give me a call when you get 50. I'll come over and pick 'em up. I can butcher . . . . .er . . . . I mean release 'em at my place.

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I hang my feeders on 5' tall "sheperd's hook" poles I got at Wal Mart. They are made from 3/8"-1/2" steel rod so the squirrels can't get any grip and are just tall enough they can't quite reach the feeder jumping from the ground.
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Hip,

One of the feeders is on one of those hooks with a curve in it. The little bas...er...furry things still manage it even when it's greased.
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Put large plastic Coke bottles over the pole. They are so slippery that the squirrel can't get a grip to climb over it.
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this might work...
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Hip,

One of the feeders is on one of those hooks with a curve in it. The little bas...er...furry things still manage it even when it's greased.
My squirrels must have easier pickins elsewhere. I thought I'd out smarted them. Guess not.
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I was just suggesting..my squirrells are hard *****, they all have bb gun shot wounds. And they still live. Tough little bastards.I've grown to like them though. they will eat corn off a corn and cob in my hand.

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98Rocket, that was classic video! LOL!
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My uncle bought a round bird feeder with an outer ring that the squirrels could stand on. The thing is, when they stood on the ring, their weight pressed it down, which activated a switch and the ring would spin and fling the furry little beasties off. The feeder plugs into 120v AC. A lot safer than a clay pigeon launcher, but not nearly as funny!
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:47 PM
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The squirrels at my house chew through the bird feeders, and they even have cages around them. I tried the pellet gun thing, my gun is so off I hit the bird feeders more than the squirrels, greasing the poles, putting the dome on top of the feeder, nothing worked. The Have A Heart cage works really well, I just stick some peanut butter in it. Can catch about 3 a day if you watch the trap, then I take them to the local park.
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Don't have any squirrels here, but this is just a thought. It works for other types of infestations...

Make two sheetmetal pyramids, cones, or other decorative shape, that are about twice the size of the feeders. One on top inverted (with a drain hole. one on the bottom pointed up. Both center line of the feeder.

They need to have a prtty good slope. The idea is that they have to climb into the funnel at the top, out to the edge and over. It will be very hard for them to reach anything that the can grab except bouncing off the downward slope on the bottom. They will generally just fall off in the attempt. Also discourages jumping.

The drwback is the increased sail area in the winds. But it is funny to watch them try to figure out how to get ovwer and slide off (whatever the animal may be)

The Navy uses something similar as a rat guard, when in place, properly, they work pretty good...

Hope this helps!
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Have you tried putting a large flat piece of ?(sheet metal, plastic) under the feeder so that the squirrel can not get around it from underneath? If the piece is flat and does not give them a ledge to grab onto and is large enough to keep them from getting on it from the pole then it might work.
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