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How to keep squirrels out of flicker boxes?

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Old Wednesday 23rd February 2005, 22:03   #1
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Question How to keep squirrels out of flicker boxes?

Any ideas for keeping squirrels from taking over flicker boxes? Each year I clean the boxes, fill them with sawdust and cover the hole with a wooden slat.
The flickers excavate and things look good. Then the @#$%^ squirrels move in, rousting the flickres. I have done this 2-3 times in a spring, only to have the same result.

Any good ideas for preventing this would be appreciated!
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Old Wednesday 23rd February 2005, 22:37   #2
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...What is a flicker? I don't think w have them in the UK.
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Old Wednesday 23rd February 2005, 22:41   #3
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...What is a flicker? I don't think w have them in the UK.
American equivalent of Green Woodpecker.

As to how to keep squirrels out, try fitting a metal plate over the hole, large enough to let the flickes in, but too small to let the squirrels in.
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...What is a flicker? I don't think w have them in the UK.
The common flicker is a 12-14" woodpecker found all over the States. They prefer a 2 1/2" box opening, which unfortunately is the perfect size for squirrels too
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You might try smearing hot pepper suet around the opening - I've used it all winter with great results - if they do try it they don't come back and it doesn't bother the birds!
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You might try smearing hot pepper suet around the opening - I've used it all winter with great results - if they do try it they don't come back and it doesn't bother the birds!
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Sounds great. How do you prepare hot pepper suet? Or, can it be purchased somewhere?

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Old Thursday 24th February 2005, 17:48   #7
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Just fill it in with cement.
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to prepare hot chilliy peper sue just get a load of suet melt it and mix in some chilli peper powder simple as them take the nestboxes down and smear on
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I buy my suet at the local feed store - Tractor Supply Co. here in Ohio - it's twice as expensive $1.94 but goes 5x further!!
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Any ideas for keeping squirrels from taking over flicker boxes? Each year I clean the boxes, fill them with sawdust and cover the hole with a wooden slat.
The flickers excavate and things look good. Then the @#$%^ squirrels move in, rousting the flickres. I have done this 2-3 times in a spring, only to have the same result.

Any good ideas for preventing this would be appreciated!
I've seen birdhouses with a tube (3" long or more) over the hole to try to prevent mammals from entering.

This interests me since I placed a house intended for flickers this winter. Its probably over 15' high and I filled it with sawdust. Flickers were common in the neighborhood several years ago, but I haven't seen any lately . No excavation yet.

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Just fill it in with cement.
I see where the ROCK comes from, Red Tails.
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Old Thursday 24th March 2005, 17:33   #12
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Use fox urine. Put it all around the box and on it.... It will realy work.
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Use fox urine. Put it all around the box and on it.... It will realy work.
I'll bite. Do you squeeze it like toothpaste?
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Use fox urine. Put it all around the box and on it.... It will realy work.
Seriously, how do you catch the fox?
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Seriously, how do you catch the fox?
You order fox urine through a trapper's/hunter's supply store. Try the internet or the phone book. Or ask a trapper if you happen to know any.

Don't spill it....it reeks.

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You order fox urine through a trapper's/hunter's supply store. Try the internet or the phone book. Or ask a trapper if you happen to know any.

Don't spill it....it reeks.

Scott
I'm NOT going to ask how they get it to urinate. Let's rethink. What's wrong with squirrels?

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If it is on a pole, you could fashion a plastic bowl or one of those huge e-collars for big dogs just under the box facing the ground so the squirrels cannot climb up it. If it's in a tree, I'm afraid you're out of luck, unless you want to reach inside the nest and pull the squirrels out yourself. Not sure they'll return if you do that.
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