Here is a fool-proof way to keep the squirrels off your bird feeder.
- Position your bird feeder at least 10 feet from branches or a fence to keep squirrels from jumping onto it.
- Hang your bird feeder from a wire or pole stretched between two poles or trees.
- Use a squirrel guard: before you fasten your tray feeder to a person height metal pole, slide a metal cone, 18″ in diameter, midway on the pole facing downward.
The Predator Slide
- Before you fasten your feeder to a pole, slip on a piece of PVC overlay pipe 18″ in length. The inside of the pipe should be at least one inch larger than the pole to fit properly.
- Fasten a screw eye at the top edge of the pipe.
- Attach a pulley to a nearby tree or another pole that is the same height as the feeder pole.
- Run wire or monofilament through the screw eye and pulley. The wire should be long enough to allow the overlay pipe to slide down the pole to the ground.
- Attach the wire to a counterweight that weighs 1 to 2 ounces more than the overlay pipe.
- When the squirrel reaches the overlay pipe, its weight will cause the pipe to slide down toward the ground. When the squirrel jumps off the pipe, the counterweight will pull the overlay pipe back into position on the pole.
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