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"This" is why **Plastic** bird feeders just won't work

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by Starla in GA on May 08, 2006 07:32 AM
by tkhooper on May 08, 2006 08:38 AM
I know I'm alone in this but chipmunks and squirrels need love too. Great pics starla thanks for sharing.

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by Thornius on May 08, 2006 09:32 AM
I LOVE it when squirrels come to my feeders. After owning this house for four years I finally got squirrels this year; TWO of them; and I think they are breeding in my yard......YAY! [grin]

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A bird in the hand......can sometimes be a mess.
by Thornius on May 08, 2006 09:44 AM
Here are some picture of my two new renters:

SQUIRREL AND STARLING
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SAUNTERING ALONG
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by Starla in GA on May 08, 2006 10:16 AM
Oh I LOVE my squirrels! We have somuch fun watching them. BUT they will EAT a plastic feeder clean through, so now we make sure to have something more durable AND feeders specificaly for them.

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Pictures of: My back yard "garden" http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2107756626&idx=0
Pictures of :My back yard "visitors" http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2107551253
My water garden in progress http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2106370269
by patches1414 on May 08, 2006 09:20 PM
What neat pictures Starla and Thornius! Thanks for sharing them. [kissies] I really love to watch the antics of the squirrels and the chipmunks are adorable. [Love] But, those squirrels can really do a number on the bird feeders. [Frown] I've spent a fortune on replacing the plastic bird feeders, but I've also had them chew through one of my wooden ones too. [Roll Eyes] I even put food out for them, but they still go after the bird feeders.

A few years ago I thought the problem was solved when I felt I had found the perfect feeder. [thumb] It had a dome roof that extended over the feeder and another dome-shaped thing that attached to the pole. Well, somehow they managed to jump on top of the dome roof without falling off and they chewed a hole in the top of it to get to the food. [dunno] Of course, it was ruined. [tears]

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by Wrennie on May 09, 2006 01:22 AM
Squirrels teeth never stop growing so they have to continually gnaw to keep them from getting too long. I had some chew an open wooden feeder just for the gnaw of it. They could sit in it with the seed, chew chew chew.

I had a customer in yesterday who wanted a squirrel proof feeder. The one I first showed him is $40. Well that was too much for him. So whats he going to do? Go buy a cheapy $10 one that'll get ruined and replace it 5 times in 1 year? Well now he'l heve spent $50 and still not have a feeder for the next year [nutz]
Any squirrel proof feeder that really works is going to cost a bit more.
And remember, gray squirrels can jump 4 feet straight up, so a baffle has to be more than 4 feet up or he'll jump right over it. And they van jump 15 feet across, from a tree or building to the top of a feeder.

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by weezie13 on May 09, 2006 02:07 AM
Starla,
Can you do us a greatttttt big favor and go
back to your photobucket account and resize that gi~ganto picture... [Smile] [thumb] We love the picture, but those who have dial up sometimes have to wait wayyyyyyy tooooooo long to enjoy it.

Also, a hint for you...
Take a sheppards' hook, stand it in the middle of the lawn *nothing around it at alllll so critters can jump to it* but take some vaseline and grease up a good amount of the middle of the pole...

I know how out of control those critters can get,
for two years I lived in a house smack dab in the middle about 100 oak trees, and they were many, many, manyyyyyy wanting to eat my birdfeeders themselves..*chewed right thru them to get at the yummies inside FASTERRRR*

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Starla in GA on May 09, 2006 06:03 AM
Ok I resized it...hope thats better! [flower]

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Pictures of: My back yard "garden" http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2107756626&idx=0
Pictures of :My back yard "visitors" http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2107551253
My water garden in progress http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2106370269
by patches1414 on May 09, 2006 08:30 PM
That's much better Starla! [thumb] Thanks! [kissies]

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"Lord, I love you and I need you, come into my heart, and bless me, my family, my home, and my friends, in Jesus' name. Amen!"
by loz on May 10, 2006 10:44 PM
Cool pictures!!!

I used to have a squirrel here....then my neighbors cut down the tree it lived in and I haven't noticed anymore since then! It was so funny watching it run across the chain link fence to the birdbath to get a drink.
by Thornius on May 11, 2006 04:44 AM
I saw a British Red Squirrel on a LIVE feeder cam in Scotland last night, Loz.

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by bettyboop1948 on May 27, 2006 03:17 AM
Here is a pic I got some kind of woodpecker
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hope u can see him [flower] [thumb]
bettyboop1948
by Thornius on May 27, 2006 05:45 AM
Your Woodpecker appears to be a male Red-Bellied Woodpecker to me from what I can tell. Do a Google Image Search on, "Red-Bellied Woodpecker" to see if that is what you saw.... When in doubt, Google it!

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by cookinmom on June 02, 2006 05:42 AM
I thought I had fooled our squirrels when I got a new feeder that had an outer piece made of metal that was on springs; the weight of the squirrel pulled the metal piece down, closing the holes so they couldn't get food. So what did they do? Hung by their back feet from a nearby limb, and just reached in and got a snack! We had five out there one morning -- one in the tree throwind down the food, and four on the ground scarfing it up! [dunno]

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