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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.

 
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Step 1: The pieces

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

Step 2: Cutting the wood

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I cut a hole that the bottom of the jar would fit into near the end of the wood. I used the jar and a pencil to make a pattern for the hole. The hole was then cut out with a jigsaw. A curved wood file was used on the edges of the hole until the bottom of the jar would fit.

This piece was then cut off at 6 inches, and used as a template to center the next hole which would be cut for the top of the jar. Once that hole was cut, it was also cut off at a six inch length. Finally a third six inch piece of wood was cut to be used at the base, and an eleven inch piece was cut to be used for the back of the feeder.

Step 3: Building the frame

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The solid six inch base and the piece with the large hole were glued together to form the bottom of the feeder.

I pre-drilled five nail holes on the eleven inch piece that is used for the back. The bottom three nails will go into the solid piece. The top two nails will go into the piece with the large hole, and as such were placed close to the edge.

The base was glued and nailed to the back of the feeder.

LynxSys3 months 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)  LynxSys3 months 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) 4 months 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.

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tetra284 months 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.
padbravo4 months 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)  counterillusion4 months 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.

gravityisweak4 months ago
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)  gravityisweak4 months ago

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

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

Klimskady4 months ago
Tetra28, the only pest here is you.

This is a great idea, think I may have to give it a go. Nice one!
fahadmajid4 months ago
hahaha nice one bird proof
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jessyratfink4 months ago

Look at that little guy! He loves it :D