I’ll bet not. Most backyard birding folks hate them… with a passion! Not only for raiding bird feeders, they’ve also been known to destroy nests, eggs and hatchlings of favorite songbirds.
Can’t say I ever fed one by hand, but ours are pretty spoiled! They never mess with any of the bird feeders or houses, but it’s not for lack of trying! EVERYTHING has a baffle, and they really work at keeping the critters at bay. This minimizes frustration to the max, and it’s got to be the best solution to bird feeding in peace. It’s no wonder they make about 5000 different models of squirrel-proof bird feeders, predator guards for houses, and baffles for poles!
Do I appreciate them? Hmmmmm? I could do without them, but in feeding the birds, squirrels are just a part of the gig. I don’t hate them, or there wouldn’t be food out for the crafty critters in the first place. They have one of those Bungee Cord squirrel feeders, and they get a corn/sunflower/peanut mix in a big saucer. When it’s really cold, they get Peter Pan peanut butter smeared on a tree trunk too! They always have access to fresh water, and I even put a squirrel house up this year… but I’ve never seen them use it. Actually, they have it pretty darn good around here. The fridge can be empty… but the birds and squirrels will always have food 🙂
Whether the bird feeder is pole-mounted or hangs… there’s a baffle to accommodate it. If you’re one who does not appreciate these furry friends and are fed up with their antics… maybe it’s time to get serious and install baffles? You’ll be really glad you did, and will save money in the long run.
So just how did rodents earn an “appreciation day” anyway? For some unbeknownst reason, the universe made them kinda cute. And it’s pretty weird that even when they get old, they still retain their good looks, wit and charm. Bet this couple really appreciated his antics – what a keeper of a photo!
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!
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 🙂