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Squirrel free bird feeder (I hope)

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Project by Hermit posted 02-19-2018 10:23 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after researching on line how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders, i came up with this. Cemented a 1 inch piece of metal threaded pipe in a post hole. Cut a piece of 4 inch abs pipe. Made donuts and epoxied them into each end of the abs to keep it centered on the galvanized pipe. Attached a floor flange to the bottom of the bird feeder which screws onto the threaded pipe. Hopefully the 4 inch diameter will make it difficult for the squirrels to climb and if not, I’ll fill it full of squirrel food and call it a day.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 10:53 PM

how close is that awning to the feeder dont forget they can jump far :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Hermit

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 11:12 PM

It’s about 5 feet away but it’s aluminum and not wood.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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Jeff

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 12:05 AM

The best part of squirrel-proof bird feeders is watching how the squirrels figure out how to defeat them. Take some video and enjoy. I was once successful for about 3 days by greasing the pole. After three days there was one really greasy bugger and the rest of his fully fed family. The only real squirrel-proof feeder is an empty one.

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Dan Krager

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 12:58 AM

I saw a very squirrel proof feeder on a 1” pipe about 5 1/2’ off the ground. The feeder was a typical wooden one, but there was a common toy Slinky surrounding the pipe and attached to the bottom of the wooden feeder. Squirrel comes along, climbs the pole, gets to the Slinky and rides it to the ground. Rinse and repeat ad nauseum. Pretty clever.

Then there are the balanced ones that close under the wight of a squirrel.

DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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patcollins

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#5 posted 02-20-2018 03:02 AM

I’ve had squirrels jump 20 ft off the top of my house and aim for the feeder.

Contact cement on the pole works better than grease, just have to pry the squirrels off every once and a while.

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 02-20-2018 06:45 AM



I ve had squirrels jump 20 ft off the top of my house and aim for the feeder.

Contact cement on the pole works better than grease, just have to pry the squirrels off every once and a while.

- patcollins

Sounds like a good pre dinner snack :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 02-20-2018 02:28 PM

It’s a very nice project and the birds will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 02-20-2018 04:42 PM

My money’s on the squirrels, but whoever gets the grub I’m sure they will admire your handiwork.

-- Ted

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#9 posted 02-20-2018 04:57 PM

I’m betting on the squirrel but should be entertaining while they are working on it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 02-20-2018 07:14 PM

I wish you the best of luck, but I saw a PBS special about squirrels and how they can learn to overcome any obstacle to get at their favorite food (they even learn by watching the mistakes of other squirrels). I have learned that the best way to keep them off the feeder is to put some seed on the ground for them (watching them fight the chipmunks for the seed on the ground is also fun.)

Great feeder. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 02-20-2018 08:12 PM

This post brings up an idea. How about building a maze for squirrels. It would be entertaining to watch and see how they defeat it.

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Hermit

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#12 posted 02-20-2018 09:07 PM

Many on you tube…here’s one
https://youtu.be/Y0NxxZWMOMQ

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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