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Best Squirrel Feeder 2017
Surely, these squirrel feeder boxes are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.
With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these squirrel feeders are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Squirrel Feeder 2017.
About Squirrel Feeder
Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia. The earliest known squirrels date from the Eocene period and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormouse among other living rodent families.
Squirrels cannot digest cellulose, so they must rely on foods rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fats. In temperate regions, early spring is the hardest time of year for squirrels, because buried nuts begin to sprout and are no longer available for the squirrel to eat, and new food sources have not become available yet. During these times, squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees. Squirrels’ diets consist primarily of a wide variety of plants, including nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi, and green vegetation. However, some squirrels also consume meat, especially when faced with hunger. Squirrels have been known to eat insects, eggs, small birds, young snakes, and smaller rodents. Indeed, some tropical species have shifted almost entirely to a diet of insects.
Predatory behavior has been noted by various species of ground squirrels, in particular the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. For example, Bailey, a scientist in the 1920s, observed a thirteen-lined ground squirrel preying upon a young chicken. Wistrand reported seeing this same species eating a freshly killed snake. Whitaker examined the stomachs of 139 thirteen-lined ground squirrels and found bird flesh in four of the specimens and the remains of a short-tailed shrew in one; Bradley, examining white-tailed antelope squirrels’ stomachs, found at least 10% of his 609 specimens’ stomachs contained some type of vertebrate, mostly lizards and rodents. Morgart observed a white-tailed antelope squirrel capturing and eating a silky pocket mouse.
The best squirrel proof bird feeder has to be smarter than a squirrel. It must thwart all attempts of those crafty mammals stealing your wild bird seed from your beloved backyard bird feeders. A squirrel’s wit and perseverance should never be underestimated.
There are spinning squirrel proof bird feeders, ones enclosed in wire cages, those that have feeder ports that shut when the weight of a squirrel sits upon them and so on. The Brome Squirrel Buster Plus is one of the best feeders for doing the job. There are even those that shock the squirrels, but really is going overboard and is unnecessary. I mean they are squirrels; we should be able to figure this out without using torturous means, right?
Let us review some basic squirrel proofing techniques. First off, squirrels can jump really far. So if you place your bird feeder next to any structures such as trees, sheds, fences you will need to keep at least ten feet of distance between them and the feeder.
The next thing to use to fend off squirrels is placing a squirrel baffle on your feeder. If you squirrel feeder is mounted on a pole, you will need to install a baffle on the pole below the feeder. Squirrels can climb the slipperiest poles, so do not bet on the pole alone. Your best best is a baffle that is at least sixteen inches in diameter placed one foot below the bottom of the feeder.
If your feeder is not pole mounted and is a hanging feeder, you will need to install a baffle from the top. Place a titling baffle that is at least eighteen inches in diameter above the feeder. A tilting baffle is better than a stationary one because when the squirrel lands, it will spill him off to one side instead of allowing him to reach under to the feeder.
If you hang your feeder from a tree branch or something similar and the baffle along is not working, then you may have to go a step further. You can suspend the feeder from a horizontal line that is tied between two trees or other structures. But alas, you are not done with squirrel proofing yet.
In order to keep squirrels from tight rope walking across the line to the feeder, you will need one more line of defense. You can first try using fishing line which is really thin and makes it difficult for squirrels to walk on and across to the feeder. But if you happen to have especially nimble squirrels, you will have to go a step further.
Before installing the line from which you will hang the bird feeder from, you will need to add a couple of items. Get two pieces of pvc pipe tubing or similar and slide them onto the line. Your feeder will then hang between the two pieces of pipe. Now when a squirrel approaches the feeder and get to the free spinning pipe, he will spun right off to the ground.
Squirrels can be maddening to the backyard bird feeder enthusiast who just wants to relax and enjoy watching the birds. But if you take these aforementioned preemptive strikes to squirrel proofing your feeders, you will win the all the battles and the war.