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Dottie May

Squirrels or Tree Rats

I'm really fed up with the little blighters in our garden. We seem to have 3 regulars at the moment pinching the bird nuts and apart from eating them they are also burying them in pots of plants and causing havoc. Can anyone recommend a really foolproof bird feeder for nuts. A friend of mine has one with bars around it but a squirrel is still able to poke his head through the bars and pinch the nuts.

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sam from worthing

RATS

hate them.

we have a lovely bird feeder now - rather than the wooden table we used to have - had to leave that behind in old house as blue tits where nesting in it.

and actually despite that we are glad to have left it behind.

our bird feeder is a gardman wroght iron affair - with 6 feeder hooks from it - 4 you add your own containers like coconuts, or peannut feeder or fat ball feeder or a seed dispenser etc, one arm has a water bowl on it and the other arm has a mesh dish.

squirrels and proper rats and mices can;t climb up it.

these wrought iron affairs range in price from 12.oo to 30.00 they look so pretty too, you can get them from any garden centre/some supermarkets even/wilkinsons/the range/amazon. mine hasn;t blown over yet - and we have had BIG flooding down here and last week extremely high winds - more due tonight. it does tilt a bit when wood pigeons sit on it - but then it seems to right itself.

I love my bird feeder station.

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minky

Squirrels

They seem able to access food from anything, and I find it really annoying as the expensive seeds etc are not for them but intended for the small birds visiting my garden. Not much help I know, my friends use a squirrel trap but I really couldn't.
I do own a supposedly squirre proof feeder, but it is also bird proof! No birds visit it I think because the surround is quite small.

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Chazza

Squirrels or Tree Rats

Strangely, though there are lots of trees here our problem beasts are foxes and pidgeons. We have a well behaved rookery full of aggressive crows, perhaps they scare off the squirls (as my friend calls them).

Welshcookie has a solution, posted on the foxes thread: "They ... need their ears cleaned out with lead." Sue G suggested catapults.

Not quite what you wanted, i know.

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Dottie May

Squirrels or Tree Rats

The bird feeder you describe Sam is the sort we have but unfortunately they manage to climb ours. At the moment we have a lovely selection of birds visiting including nuthatches, woodpeckers and the usual tom tits etc. but when I go outside and shoo the squirrels away I'm also frightening off the birds. Grrrrrr, Think I'll be forced to borrow an air gun.

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Yummy

Squirrels

Hi Dottie, have you tried smearing the pole of your bird feeder with vaseline ? perhaps the little blighters might not be able to get a grip if you put enough on, even if they do they could be quite good entertainment seeing them slide down ;O)

Yummy

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Dottie May

Squirrels or Tree Rats

What a good idea Yummy - hadn't thought of that. Pity it's raining pouring at the moment otherwise I would go outside and open up the Vaseline jar! 'Cos it's raining, that's why I'm on the computer.

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Linzechris

Dottie May this works

I've got a Gardman Squirrel Baffle. If you google it you will find one. It cost around £13 and you attatch it to your bird feeder.
It really works. It is so funny watching the squirrels trying to get round it but they can't. I've had mine a couple of years now and a squirrel has not been able to get to the bird food since.
I did grease the pole originally but although that was funny it only worked short term and some did manage to takea run at it and get up!

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Honey

Squirrels

We are lucky here... don't get them because we're on the top of a hill (not many trees either) and they don't seem to like it here. But I was told that if you put a piece of loose drainpipe around the pole of the bird station, that seems to stop them. But not tried it.

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Dottie May

Squirrels of Tree Rats

I've bought a squirrel-proof (fingers crossed) nut feeder and taken off all the other feeders. One squirrel tried for ages to poke his face between the bars without success but got madder and madder trying to bite through the bars. He or she tried for ages and eventually gave up. Must admit the birds haven't got used to it yet but fingers crossed, they soon will. Many thanks for all the advice given.

 
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