Picture of Bird proof - Squirrel Feeder

Most back yard feeders focus on trying to keep squirrels away from the birdseed. I had the opposite problem. Every time that I would put peanuts out for the squirrels, the birds would quickly carry them all away. So I built this bird proof squirrel feeder.

Step 1: The pieces

Picture of The pieces

It was built from a 1x6 piece of wood (about 30 inches total), a wide mouth 2 quart jar, and two small metal hinges.

buck22172 months ago

Well that IS certainly a twist on things !!

russells.aunt6 months ago
I love it! The blue jays , junco's and starlings have taken 80% of my squirrels food this winter. I have tried everything to keep the birds away. $20 of walnuts a week were being eaten by birds. Much too expensive for me to handle. I haven't found a bird yet, that won't take a walnut.birds can fly all over town for food, but my squirrels are stuck in a small area looking for food.
Thank you
LynxSys1 year ago

That's a great (and totally unexpected) idea, and the pictures are terribly cute! Does this feeder bring in any other visitors (skunks, raccoons, etc.)? Also, have you had any issues with rain getting into it, or do you not leave it outside? Lastly, I wonder if it might be deep enough to accidentally trap a chipmunk, ground squirrel, or other smaller rodent—do you have any such creatures where you live?

goaly (author)  LynxSys1 year ago

Hello, Thank you for your comment on the squirrel feeder. We live in town, and so far I have never seen any raccoons skunks or even chipmunks near any of our feeders, although we do have rabbits that pick up scraps under the birdfeeder.

This feeder does stay outside, and a coat of varnish protects the wood. The glass jar does hold rainwater, but the hinged top allows it to be easily emptied and cleaned.

Thanks again for looking at this instructable.

goaly (author) 1 year ago

I would like to thank everyone for the compliments. I stained and varnished the wood to help the feeder withstand the elements. I think it looks better. I also moved it onto a shelf at the corner of the patio, instead of just sitting on the ground under the birdfeeders.

tetra281 year ago
I hate squirrels. They're pests.
Lucky for you no one's forcing you to shower food and affection on them, then. What was the point of coming here just to say that?
squirrels taste good roasted on a spit over a fire.
padbravo1 year ago

Excellent pictures!... tks for sharing...

I love this! We put out nuts for the squirrels because it's been by far the best way to get them to ignore our garden. Unfortunately, half the time the birds get them first, even though they have their own feeder. I'm definitely going to put something like this together for our yard.
goaly (author)  counterillusion1 year ago

I’m glad that you like the idea! You may be able to use a one quart jar... It would be easier to find, and the birds should still not be able to reach the peanuts.
We used the two quart jar just because we enjoy watching the squirrels, and they have to reach a little farther.

So if you put this in a yard with a bird feeder, do you think the squirrels would bother with the bird feeder or stick to their own?
goaly (author)  gravityisweak1 year ago

I’ve had two bird feeders right above this site for a long

The squirrels have never gotten into
the feeders, but they do clean up whatever the birds drop.

Klimskady1 year ago
Tetra28, the only pest here is you.

This is a great idea, think I may have to give it a go. Nice one!
fahadmajid1 year ago
hahaha nice one bird proof

Look at that little guy! He loves it :D