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Why Feed the Squirrels?

Nearly 80% of people who feed wild birds have problems with squirrels invading bird feeders.  Not only do they destroy wood and plastic feeders, but they also raid feeders of high quality and costly wild birdseed.  It is interesting to note that the average gray squirrel can jump 3 to 4 feet straight up and can leap horizontally around 10 to 12 feet. So... there aren't many feeders that can be placed out of the reach of squirrels.

The Answer to Invading Squirrels?  Feed Them!

Squirrels are opportunistic feeders. That is, they will find the closest and easiest source of food. To reduce the quick and easy meal provided by backyard bird feeders, evasive tactics must be employed.  First, provide a feeding area for squirrels far from bird feeders. Corn and peanuts offer an inexpensive alternative to costly, custom blended bird seed. Squirrels will quickly learn to eat in their own area, leaving the well-protected or squirrel resistant feeders to the birds. One of the best ways to further protect wild bird feeders is to utilize a metal squirrel proof bird feeder with a perch bar that shuts off the seed supply under a squirrel's weight to discourage unwanted guests.
 

Types of Squirrel Feeders

Squirrels enjoy a wide variety of different foods, including sunflower seed, corn, and peanuts. Luckily, these foods are relatively inexpensive, since squirrels can go through a lot of food. Many types of squirrel feeders are available to hold these types of seeds, but most consist of a covered seed hopper or corn holders.

By nature, squirrels will do whatever they can to get at an available food supply. Because of this, squirrel feeders are often designed to make it challenging for the squirrels to get their meal. For example, the Heritage Farms Squirrel-Go-Round consists of four corn cobs on rotating arms. This offers amusing entertainment for the human spectators, while offering the squirrels an invaluable resource - food!

Squirrel feeders made from chewable materials, such as wood or plastic, are easily destroyed by squirrels. This is because squirrels are rodents, and must continually chew to keep their teeth from growing too long. This chewing problem can be easily avoided by choosing a feeder made from metal. 

 

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