Thanks for writing the entertaining and informing columns for the Daily Freeman. I am looking forward to this week's column about squirrels at bird feeders.
Being retired and having lots of woodworking tools, I decided to help
the birds by making bird feeders for my friends and children.
Unfortunately, they were not squirrel proof. So I used about 300 nails
to prevent the squirrels from landing on the feeders. But I found out
soon that that was a waste of nails. (See attached photo.)
We also tried red pepper in the bird feed, which apparently attracted
the cute, but ferocious, red squirrels.
Don't try this at Home!
To finally solve the problem, we purchased a RollerFeeder. It was
entertaining at the beginning to watch the squirrels fall off. In fact,
one of our children suggested to locate a barrel with piranhas
underneath the feeder to solve the problem once and for all. But that
was not necessary, since the squirrels are smart: They learned quickly
that the RollerFeeder was beyond their reach. The RollerFeeders
eliminated squirrel problems and our feed consumption has been cut in
By the way, our local grocer, Adams Market, gives away free suet. (If
it is not on display, one might have to ask for it.) To keep it away
from squirrels, I hang it on a 5 inch (being a former science teacher, I
should use metric measurements and say 12 cm) wire, which puts it out of
reach for our squirrels.
Sincerely, W. Carl