I have lived with a squirrel regularly stealing nuts for quite a while, but recently the little theif has taught it’s youngster (see photo) to do the same and I was loosing too many nuts.
I considered all the different options to deter squirrels such as baffles, but our feeder pole is hand made and quite short, so that wouldn’t have worked.
I decided to get a squirrel proof feeder, and I chose the squirrel buster.
I ordered the Squirrel buster here at CJ Wildlife, it’s produced by Brome Birdcare and you can find out more about the squirrel buster on their website. CJ wildlife are always good in my experience. The feeder arrived quickly and I was able to track my delivery.
This is the new feeder in situ. It’s bigger than all my other feeders, but I think it fits in OK – the green colour helps and it matches the pole.
It’s recommend to have a certain amount of clearance above (perhaps with extender hooks) and around the feeder so the squirrels can’t reach nuts without getting on the feeder itself, perhaps by hanging down or reaching over.
With our set up we worried a bit about the squirrels managing to reach, but we’ve used it without buying an extender and we’ll see what happens. I can always get an extender, or move the feed to a bracket instead of the pole.
If a squirrel gets on the feeder, the feeder surround moves down under their weight closing the feeding port. So far, so good. The squirrels have tried to get on the feeder but as soon as they feel it move, they back off.
The baby blue tits were the first to try it out.
Then, one rainy day, the woodpecker popped by. I’m really pleased the woodpecker wasn’t put off, I really like it visiting. One feature of the feeder is the extra length below the feeding port, this is for birds like the woodpecker to rest their tails. A lot of thought clearly went into the design.
I managed to film the soggy woodpecker through the window.
I really like this feeder; it’s solid, well made, easy to fill up or dismantle, and most importantly; it can go in the dishwasher, and it has a 2 year warranty.
I think this feeder is our best solution and I’m a happy customer.
The squirrels are now eating the bird seed though! I might have to get a new seed feeder, and I know exactly where to find one!
The squirrels are cute, if problematic! I had fun watching their antics; seeing what they’d try to get to the nuts. I have some photos of them to come.
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