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Bird Feeders Squirrel Proof - How to Make Your Bird Feeders Squirrel Proof

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Many bird-watchers and nature lovers enjoy putting up bird feeders, especially during the warm months of the year. This is not only kind to the birds, but also entices a number of different kinds of our feathered friends into coming into close proximity. However, your best intentions may be thwarted by other members of the animal kingdom, particularly squirrels, who enjoy pillaging unguarded bird feeders and escaping with their bounty. You can buy squirrel-proof bird feeders from a number of sources, but they are fairly easy and inexpensive to make or adapt yourself.

Use Cayenne Pepper
Capsaicin, the stuff in peppers which makes them hot and spicy, cannot be tasted by birds, but can be tasted by squirrels, and they are not fans of it. If you sprinkle something with capsaicin into your birdfeed or seeds, you can naturally and easily keep the squirrels out and while not causing any problems for your birds. You can find special capsaicin powders which are specially designed for use in bird feeders, or you can simply sprinkle some cayenne pepper powder or red pepper flakes into your seeds yourself.

Use Flexible Perch Materials
Instead of using something strong and hard, like wood, for your bird perches, try using something flexible, like plastic cable ties or wires. Cable ties are usually either white or black, but can also be found in different colors if you want something more attractive. These should hold a small bird but will not make for a steady perching spot for a much-heavier squirrel. If squirrels don’t have a stable surface on which to balance will they eat, they will leave your bird feeder alone, especially if they fall a few times before they take the hint.

Cover It With a Cage
You can make almost any bird feeders squirrel proof by covering them with mesh cages. This is the route many commercial bird feeders take, and is often the only thing which distinguishes them from any other kind of feeder. You can buy mesh wire easily from a home-improvement store, and then can make a dome over your feeder or wrap it around the circumference. Make sure the mesh is big enough for birds to get through, but not large enough for squirrels – chicken wire with about 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch mesh should be about right. Also, don’t wrap the wire right against your feeders. Leave enough room between the cage and the feeder for the birds to move around.

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