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Squirrel-proof bird feeders
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swavo    Posted 12-24-2001 at 09:34:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About two years ago I purchased a Wild Bill's electronic birdfeeder.It works on the same principal as an electronic dog collar, when the bushy-tailed rat(squirrel)sits on the feeder and then makes contact with the perches"ZAP"!! the shock sends him on his way. Some people think its mean,but its not. The squirrel still lives. They're smart and learn because I still have squirrels in my yard under my feeder eating spilled seed,not destroying my feeder. everyone's happy! It cost a hundred bucks but more than paid for itself in un-wasted seed.
Last year I purchased one as a gift for my parents and they too love it.
I went to purchase one this year and they are no longer made,I checked the web but still no luck.
so if anyone sees on at a local store please let me know.


bill    Posted 02-16-2003 at 10:00:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try garden-shops.com or birdwatchers.com. Both have Wild Bill's bird feeders for sale.


Kathy    Posted 01-08-2002 at 13:53:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know if you've found a solution to your squirrel problem, but, I put cayenne pepper in my bird feeders.

Birds are not affected by the sting because they do not have saliva glands. It won't take long for the squirrels to leave it alone.


LarryAJ    Posted 12-27-2001 at 08:15:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I saw a video in the hardware store a week or so ago of a squirrel-proof feeder. The video ran about three minutes and I stood there and watched the whole time. It was hillarious!!

The perch for the birds to sit on was spring loaded. A squirrel is heavy enough to deflect the spring and close a switch. The switch caused a motor to turn on that rotated the perch. the squirrel was then flung off. They tried all sorts of ways to stay on the perch or otherwise get to the seed, none worked! The containor was tall enough that the squirrel could not hang on the top and get into the seed. They tried but soon slipped down on the perch and round and round they went! They just couldn't hang on! And even if they could it was going impossible to reach in to get any seed. Think the thing cost around $200, but it sure was fun to watch the squirrels get spun off it.

Can't remember the name, etc. but will try to remember and get it and repost the answer.

Regards,
Larry


OW    Posted 12-24-2001 at 10:40:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was having trouble with squirrels chewing holes in my feed sacks, so i suspended them. It didn't help. so I wove a ground wire around the top of the feed sack, hung it up and suspended a hot wire ring above it. The fencer clicked away, here came the squirrel over the rafters, hopped down, flicked his tail, got bit and headed for Tallahasee! Having had my fun, i shut the thing off, but they never touched those sacks again all winter! You bet they learn fast :)

My dad-in-law used to shoo away stray dogs with house current and a weiner skewered on a hot wire.
Never hurt them but when they bite, they let you know it! A hot wire in a bowl of honey sends bears packin too. Predators are careless.



Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-24-2001 at 14:41:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you all got your heads togather, I bet you could come up with a hybred system. Just use the house current like the dog deterant, and you could have fried squirrel for dinner & the birds could continue to enjoy the seeds.


Mudcat49    Posted 12-24-2001 at 18:14:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
WAIT A MINUTE!!! FRIED SPARROW SOUNDS GOOD TOO!!!!! AND HOW ABOUT FRIED KITTY CAT, YUM TASTES LIKE CHICKEN!!!!!


Burrhead    Posted 12-25-2001 at 11:05:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw a bumper snicker that said "Cat-- The other white meat"


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