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Old 02-04-2015, 06:42 AM   #15
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Our squirrels must be smarter here in N.C. because I've never found a varmint proof feeder. Have purchased the really good ones and the little boogers hang upside down and sideways to figure it out. As I've got older I have just learned to live with it. Lol
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:45 AM   #16
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Our squirrels must be smarter here in N.C. because I've never found a varmint proof feeder. Have purchased the really good ones and the little boogers hang upside down and sideways to figure it out. As I've got older I have just learned to live with it. Lol
I bought this one years ago, about $35 at the time. The outside cage is spring loaded and the weight of a squirrel closes the feeding openings. They get very frustrated and eventually jump off. Visiting birds do drop a fair amount of seed on the ground and the squirrels will feed under it unless an owl shows up. I have it hanging on a pulley between two trees. Raz

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Old 02-04-2015, 11:51 AM   #17
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I use your method after chasing off skunks, raccoons, etc. Now mine is suspended about 15 feet off the ground, directly in line with our windows, between the house and a tree on nylon paracord. The cord rotates easily; even birds have a hard time perching on it. I have yet to see any mammal attempt it. I have two pulleys, one on the house and one about half way to the tree, kinda like the clotheslines spanning the streets you see in pictures of older dense cities. The platform feeder is attached to the moving loop, so I can reel it in for refills. Its very simple and after 4 years is still very effective in feeding only birds. We did have a family of flying squirrels last Summer and while I could never catch them eating the birdseed they certainly could and are so darn cute I wouldn't have minded. Too bad they are most active in the middle of the night.

The biggest problem was lubricating the far pulley. I ended up soaking a bit of sponge in oil, tying it to the cord with twist tie, and reeling it out where the oil was squeezed out as the sponge hit the pulley. It probably used way too much oil but it got the job done. I suppose I could have lowered the far end of the cord and dropped the pulley to the ground, but the sponge was far more fun. Still to learn if nylon cord reacts badly to oil. ;-)

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The trees are about 20 feet apart outside the kitchen window. We've had squirrels get to the feeder by jumping from one of the trees or "hand over hand" on the rope which is really 1/8" nylon line. When they get to the feeder it closes and after a few minutes they drop off. They usually only do it once and then are content to settle for the droppings. There was one fellow who did get all he could eat . Raz
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We've had squirrels get to the feeder by jumping from one of the trees or "hand over hand" on the rope which is really 1/8" nylon line. There was one fellow who did get all he could eat . Raz
Your Eastern squirrels must be more acrobatic than our Midwestern variety. Never seen one try the hand over hand trick. john
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This has worked for me.
I first tried a single bell, but if you look closely you can see the teeth marks on the edge where the squirrel would hang on and then pendulum to the feeder.
When I added a second stacked bell, the scheme no longer worked and they gave up.
The feeder is just beyond their ability to leap from the tree or nearby objects.
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Your Eastern squirrels must be more acrobatic than our Midwestern variety. Never seen one try the hand over hand trick. john
Do you have black squirrels? I never knew there were black squirrels until we saw some in Ohio on our way west.


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The feeder is just beyond their ability to leap from the tree or nearby objects.
I tried all kinds of tricks but the trees are just too close together. The moving cage feeder was the only solution that worked for our feeder location.
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