To keep squirrels out of the bird feeder, set up a squirrel feeder. Squirrelproofer.com recommends setting up the feeder away from the bird feeder. Squirrels knock over bird feeders, scattering seeds all over the ground. Most birds prefer to stay in flight while eating, which allows an easier escape from predators. Fewer birds visit the feeder after squirrels knock the food to the ground.
Use piece of corn on the cob and wire to make a basic feeder. Squirrels eat corn right off the cob. Wrap a piece of wire around an ear of corn. Wrap the wire around tree, within reach of a branch. During the late summer and fall, corn on the cob sells the cheapest. Buy several ears and store them in an airtight container. Squirrels prefer dry corn, so let it sit for a while before serving.
For a more attractive feeder, nail a small board to a tree. The boards should be at least a foot in length and 6 inches wide. Using another small board, use hot glue to atach a small wooden dowel, about ¼ inch in diameter and 4 inches high, to the bottom fourth of the board. Nail that board to the bottom part of the first one so it sticks out. Use a drill or nail to put a long hole in the bottom of a corncob. Stick the corncob on the dowel. Squirrels sit on the platform to eat. Change the cob once it's empty.
Set up a chest for the squirrels. Build a rectangle box out of plywood. Attach a lid with hinges. Don't paint or stain the wood. Squirrels may chew on it and the chemicals could make them sick. Fill the box with seeds, mostly dried corn. Set the box against a wall or on the ground. Scatter a couple kernels on top to attract the squirrels. Squirrels will smell the corn and open the box to eat.
Another option is to use old two-liter soda pop bottles to store nuts and seeds. Cut the top of the bottle off. Cut a few small holes in the sides and bottom of the bottle. Squirrels pick food out from the holes on the sides. The holes at the bottom drain water. Use a hot glue gun to glue the bottle to the board. Nail the board to a limb and fill the bottle with seeds and nuts. Squirrels can retrieve the food from the container.
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