You may think it’s the absolute craziest thing in the world, but plenty of folks get a kick from feeding squirrels. If you baffle the bird feeders properly, and the furry critters don’t tell too many of their friends… it’s usually cool!
Traditional squirrel feeders like the big jar, munch box, and table & chair have been updated using durable recycled plastic. Also called poly-lumber, the material is good looking and wares much nicer and longer than wood.
But a jar is a jar and it’s glass. Because glass may break for whatever reason, replacement jars are available. But something we’ve discovered: Pickles! The industrial size pickle jar usually fits these feeders! And for considerably less money when shipping is figured into the price. Plus you get a whole lot of pickles… fried pickles anyone?
Using corn cobs with your squirrel feeder? Check out the Squirrel Logs for long-lasting use. A novel idea, these are compressed corn (in two flavors) that equal about 12 ears of regular corn cobs. Something else we’ve discovered? Be sure the logs are securely attached to the feeding pin as our crafty critters have managed to steal them from time-to-time! They just require twisting up on the pin every few days to keep a tight connection.
These work well with the Bungee Cord Feeder and the Table & Chair. The pins (or screws) on the feeder must be threaded… or your crafty critters will steal them too!
Want to offer a combination of corn cobs and peanuts or munch mix for your guys? The Ultimate Combo Feeder fits the bill. Pins for two ears of corn plus a lift-up compartment for special treats. Lucky squirrels will think they’re at the Ritz!
Change it up for furry friends. During frigid winter weather peanut butter is a huge hit when smeared on corn cobs, but summer days in the south turn the gooey stuff to liquid in minutes. Substitute an apple or pear that might be a bit too ripe for your liking. Suet? Squirrels adore it and the no-melt varieties are perfect for summer feeding.
Yes squirrels can be a major pain for some folks, but they manage to bring smiles and laughs to others. Once you get the hang of keeping them out of bird feeders, they really aren’t so bad 🙂
With the lush foliage background, you can tell this photo was snapped in summer. But no matter what the season… squirrels love their feeders. We like squirrel feeders too because they help keep the crafty critters off the bird feeders.
This large capacity metal corn cob feeder keeps them happy and occupied. During really cold weather, we’ll add something squirrels absolutely adore. There’s probably some sitting right in your cupboards too… peanut butter! It’s really quick and simple to smear some right on the corn, and the extra calories give squirrels energy needed to stay warm. Peanut butter works with any corn cob or log feeder, and buying one institutional size jar usually lasts through the winter.
The logs are a great alternative to corn as they’re also very long-lasting. Actually compressed corn, each log is equal to about twelve ears of regular corn cobs. But you must be sure they’re securely attached, because like we said earlier, the “crafty critters” have managed to steal them once in a while! Twisting them to the top of the screw every few days does the trick.
And you just can’t mention feeding squirrels without bringing up the Bungee Cord Squirrel Feeder, better known as the Squngee! It’s a hoot to watch furry friends in action with this bouncing, swaying feeder… talk about keeping them occupied! Use the logs smeared with peanut butter on this, and get ready to laugh. It even has a bell to warn you when the action starts.
Although some folks despise them, feeding squirrels is fun. It’s good for them, good for your bird feeders, and the acrobatics can be quite entertaining as well. And if you’re pondering giving a squirrel feeder this holiday… don’t forget the peanut butter!