Yes, some of us do feed the squirrels! Some just for fun and the entertainment aspect, others feed them as a deterrent from bird feeders, keeping them occupied. And some, well they just despise the little critters. After all they are a member of the rodent family, but for some reason, the bushy tail seems to make them okay?
The Table & Chair Feeder is a classic that’s been around forever, and they last for years until the wood starts to crack and rot from exposure to the elements. Now this fun feeder has gone green, as in recycled plastic. It won’t crack, fade, split or warp… guaranteed! The best thing about recycled plastic anything, is that it helps keeps these plastics out of landfills. Some products come with stickers telling you how many milk jugs, or containers were used to manufacture the item, which is pretty cool. These fun squirrel feeders are made to last, chew-proof and handsome too, the little critters will love them. As a special treat during frigid weather, we smear peanut butter on the corn cobs… they go crazy for it! The high fat & protein content provides the extra calories needed for energy to stay warm, and it tastes good too.
But if one single corn cob isn’t enough for your pack, the large capacity stalk feeder might be in order. These are perfect for corn cobs (and fruit too in summer). Attract orioles, cat birds, woodpeckers and other migratory friends with orange slices, apples or grapes during warm weather. These squirrel feeders hold lots of corn (12 ears), but if your furry friend, little pigs are like ours… no amount of food ever seems to be enough!
Hey… and thanks for feeding the squirrels 🙂
Some laws of nature always hold true…cattle dogs and the like are meant to herd, cats are a very curious kind, and well, squirrels are just meant to chew! They’ll try and chew anything where food may be involved, and are especially successful when it comes to wooden bird, or even squirrel feeders.
Now the classic Table & Chair Feeder, where the squirrel sits on the chair and eats from the table, has been around for years. But recently it’s been re-invented from sturdy recycled plastics. This material possesses more than good looks, it’s guaranteed never to warp, split, crack, or fade… ever! That guarantee comes from most manufacturers who use the recycled plastics.
Aside from the durability, the squirrel feeders, and other products made from it, really do help keep plastics out of landfills. One manufacturer does a traditional bluebird feeder, their recycled products come with a sticker telling you how many plastic milk jugs were used to create the product. That bluebird feeder is made of 33 plastic milk jugs! And part of the beauty is that it still looks new three or four years later. We know because one of those feeders has been in use in our yard for at least four years.
A few tips for better squirrel feeding: First and foremost, baffle you bird feeders and deny access by squirrels-it makes life much easier for you and your birds. Corn cobs are used in many of the staked-type squirrel feeders, and although they’re relatively inexpensive (if purchased in bulk), Squirrel Logs will last much longer. These are compressed corn, and each one is equal to about 12 ears of the regular stuff. But be sure they are securely attached as our crafty critters have managed to steal them once in a while!
Peanut Butter: is a wonderful treat for squirrels during really cold weather. The high fat and protein content provide the extra calories for energy needed to stay warm. We smear peanut butter right on corn cobs, and on the squirrel logs too. You can even make any old tree in your yard a super-feeder by spreading peanut butter right on the bark. Nuthatches, Chickadees and Jays love it too!
So if you happen to like feeding the squirrels, as many folks do, try some of long lasting Squirrel Logs, buy your corn cobs in bulk from feed & stores, and definitely add some peanut butter for a special treat this winter.
… and thanks for feeding the squirrels!
While some folks really despise them, others quite enjoy feeding squirrels, watching their amazing acrobatic ability and silly antics. As long as bird feeders are set up properly with baffles to ward off squirrels-it’s really no problem at all.
There are some great squirrel feeders out there, some peanut feeders that will even accommodate Blue Jays (another one considered a nuisance by some). This metal wreath whole peanut feeder does just that. With an innovative, fun design, it offers peanuts in the shell to Jays and squirrels alike.
If you’d rather watch a bit of a show, the Squngee is where it’s at! This bungee cord squirrel feeder hold two ears of corn (or corn logs) and squirrels have to work for the prize. It’s really a hoot to watch!
Squirrel can chow through those corn cobs pretty darn fast too, and it can get pricey keeping them fed. Check out your local feed store for bulk packaging of corn cobs. Here in Georgia, a 50-pound bag runs about thirteen bucks. Another great option is to use corn logs instead of actual corn cobs. These are compressed corn and one is equal to about 12 ears of corn. They’re available in sweet corn, or nut and corn flavor…and squirrels love them.
If you’re feeding loose corn on the ground, don’t be surprised if a few masked critters of the evening show up for their fair share too!