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Old Sunday 3rd September 2017, 18:15   #1
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looking for a *large* squirrel proof (cage) feeder

I'm looking for a large (e.g. high capacity) cage type squirrel proof feeder for sunflower seeds - can anyone point me towards a supplier please?

I can't find anything on the usual internet searches or round my local garden centres. The high capacity ones (super long) aren't squirrel proof (e.g. like the largest one here http://bit.ly/2vWxfsd)

Currently I have 3 feeders in the garden & they get emptied in about 2-3 days max.

any thoughts most appreciated, thanks
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Old Sunday 3rd September 2017, 19:20   #2
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As you already have the feeders you might consider making your own squirrel cages to put them inside. You'll need a strong steel mesh with the right size spacing. If you fancy trying it you can get a good idea of the design by checking out the ones already in the marketplace.

I've made three - not for squirrels but because of woodpecker damage. The awkward bits are designing it so that it's still easy to fill and making sure that the cage is far enough away to prevent them still reaching the food by poking their heads through - this is simply a matter of ensuring that the cage "tube" is of sufficient diameter.

If you can source the right size mesh they're not too hard to make.
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Old Thursday 14th September 2017, 11:17   #3
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I know it's a bit of a late response but if you haven't found one already, try CJ. They run the birdforum shop but have their own website where you can purchase food/feeders etc. We stock their stuff and can vouch for the quality of it but if you want to buy online they offer delivery. I would think this is the sort of thing you're looking for: https://www.birdfood.co.uk/guardian-...ed-feeder.html
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Old Friday 20th October 2017, 16:28   #4
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Do make sure that the feeder is actually squirrel-proof before you buy, as I have bought many feeders with squirrel cages which do not seem to give the squirrels any problems! It needs to extend below the feeder as well as around it.
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Old Thursday 26th October 2017, 10:13   #5
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Squirrel proof? I'm not convinced it can be done.

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Do make sure that the feeder is actually squirrel-proof before you buy, as I have bought many feeders with squirrel cages which do not seem to give the squirrels any problems! It needs to extend below the feeder as well as around it.
Extend below feeder Interesting tell me more please do the squirrels chew through from the bottom, I have a RSPB one with a squirrel cage round it and its metal alround and below do they actually chew through metal ?
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Since I've gone over to the "Squirrel Buster Feeders" I've had no problems with them. The minute they land on the feeder the ports shut down. They don't even try any more.
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Old Sunday 29th October 2017, 16:53   #8
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Since I've gone over to the "Squirrel Buster Feeders" I've had no problems with them. The minute they land on the feeder the ports shut down. They don't even try any more.
I,ve never seen Any like that before in the uk.
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Did you try your Amazon?
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Here's some links:

https://www.britishbirdfood.co.uk/bi...-buster-peanut

http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/squirrel...ed-feeder.html
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I have both of those feeders out. Best ones I've ever bought. Squirrels hate me
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Old Tuesday 31st October 2017, 11:42   #13
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Thanks for those links -- but I am after something that is both squirrel proof and large capacity -- by large capacity I mean 2kg or similar.

perhaps something like this -- but squirrel proof

https://d2j31icv6dlhz6.cloudfront.ne...-330100111.jpg

so I don't need to refill every other day!
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Get the Plus model, it holds much more.

http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/squirrel...us-feeder.html
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If you can put your feeders in a position where squirrels can't leap onto them from surrounding trees the following solution works well and provides hours of entertainment watching them fall off.

Bang wooded post in ground . Drill hole big enough to take broom handle through top of post. Push broom handle through so looks like a 'T'. Cut ends of plastic 1 litre pop bottles and thread onto broom handle. Hang feeders off ends of broom handle. Watch as plastic bottles turn, when Squirrels try to walk on them and deposit them on the deck!

I've not come across a Squirrel proof feeder yet and have taken to wrapping all mine in 1cm square stainless mesh so they at least can't chew them to bits easily.
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Thanks for those links -- but I am after something that is both squirrel proof and large capacity -- by large capacity I mean 2kg or similar.

perhaps something like this -- but squirrel proof

https://d2j31icv6dlhz6.cloudfront.ne...-330100111.jpg

so I don't need to refill every other day!
I'm in the process of designing my own 100% guaranteed squirrel proof feeder.It will be multi capacity,meaning that it is customizable so you can have the capacity of your choice and also designed in a way that it is impossible for a squirrel to hold on to the feeder.
I'll post some pics when ive got the prototype done and i know it works ok.
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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 08:57   #17
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Have managed to work out a solution

I bought a 'bird feeder guardian' and pulled off the top two retaining bars -- this allows a larger (longer) feeder to fit through.

Seems to work well -- limited to the 'ring pull pro' brand feeders, but it's a start....
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The only one that ever worked for me was the squirrel proof one by CJ's.
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I've tried many types of supposedly squirrel proof feeders but none of them has worked long term. Now I use baffles and they are 100% successful. Where I am presently is the Ocala National Forest in Florida where Eastern Gray Squirrels are a major problem. Anytime that I look out I can see up to a dozen of them. They destroy a lot of property including car wiring. My feeders are on a shepherd's crook with the baffle about 1 m above the ground. The crook is more than 2 m from the closest tree. Squirrels frequently climb the crook but can't get past the baffle neither can the raccoons. Bears are a different story! They simply bend the crook so that they can get at the feeders.
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I've tried many types of supposedly squirrel proof feeders but none of them has worked long term. Now I use baffles and they are 100% successful. Where I am presently is the Ocala National Forest in Florida where Eastern Gray Squirrels are a major problem. Anytime that I look out I can see up to a dozen of them. They destroy a lot of property including car wiring. My feeders are on a shepherd's crook with the baffle about 1 m above the ground. The crook is more than 2 m from the closest tree. Squirrels frequently climb the crook but can't get past the baffle neither can the raccoons. Bears are a different story! They simply bend the crook so that they can get at the feeders.
Would you mind to show us some pictures of the setup?

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Yes. I'll post a picture later today.
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This is my current feeder set up here in Florida. Up north I have several types of baffle but this style of inverted cone works best.
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Since I've gone over to the "Squirrel Buster Feeders" I've had no problems with them. The minute they land on the feeder the ports shut down. They don't even try any more.
I have had squirrels best these when attached to a pole. They knock them to the ground then proceed to loot. I suppose not securing it well enough was my fault though. That said they work about as well as anything.
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Me personally, I would be glad of having Squirrels in the garden on a frequent basis. Only had one Grey and one Red in 30 odd years.
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My battles with Squirrels have finally ended. A small dog cage is quite large. Cost 10 on a boot sale .The cage mesh has 35mm gaps which defeats most Squirrels.
I live next to a wood and the novelty of feeding Squirrels has worn off when I see 5 helping themselves to my sunflower seeds and peanuts every morning
Screwed on top of an old feeder stand the small dog cage is perfect with its removable plastic tray which needs a few small drainage holes drilling . So far in 3 months only one has wriggled through, a runty one but I ve trapped 5 Squirrels lately and I think I ve got the one which squeezed through.
I do recommend the Amazon small animal trap as well, coats around 16 and works well, to lower the Squirrel numbers visiting raiding the sunflowers seeds for ground feeders like Chaffinch s
So the best anti Squirrel bird feeder, for me, is a small dog cage with 35 mm mesh gap.
I will post a photo just as soon as I find out how to resize !
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