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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by NextEndeavor, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. NextEndeavor

    NextEndeavor Burning Hunk

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    These maneuvers took several days to perfect with many failed attempts. After the first couple of successful feedings, we applied non-stick cooking spray to the post and feeder lid. That slid things to a stop for a while, until the oil was gone. Funny thing is we’ve had this up a few weeks and not one bird but no snow yet either.

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Great pics . . . I don't mind when the squirrels help clean up the seeds the messy birds accidentally on purposefully toss to the ground . . . but I hate seeing the buggers on top of the bird feeder as they can clean it out in less than a day.
  3. NextEndeavor

    NextEndeavor Burning Hunk

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    We need to figure out something to go around the support post to keep them from climbing it. I was thinking of a scap piece of 6 inch conduit split to place around it.
  4. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I wrapped my post in two or three feet of sheet aluminum flashing . . . that worked pretty well . . . until the little buggers figured out how to do a flying leap from a nearby branch on to the top . . . and since this tree is a weeping cherry we planted in memory of my wife's father there is no easy way of removing any branches without making the tree look like some deranged arborist hacked it.
  5. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    I just tap my squirrels with a BB gun. They've got their winter coats on - so it's just alittle reminder to bug off! I did accidently get one in the ear once and it spun around a bit leaving some blood on the deck and expired. The BB must have passed thru his little brain. My wife was having a play date with other mom's and kids at the time..... Mama was not very pleased with me that day........

    They sell pepper coated seeds that the birds still eat - but repels the squirrels. I've never tried it.

    I like when the squirrels are on the feeders and not paying attention and a big old hawk snatches them in a flash. I've seen this twice.

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