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Woodpeckers and squirrel proof feeders

Hello.  Does anyone have squirrel proof suet feeders in their garden ?  We have a pair of woodpeckers that love the suet feeders but the squirrel will go through one in a few days and fed up with them and the cost involved.

If I buy squirrel proof suet feeders will the woodpeckers still be able to get to it.  Don't want to lose those, we love watching them.  

Any advice ?  I bought some squirrel stop and that worked for all of one day grrr



  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 17,025

    I bought 3 feeders from wilko a couple of weeks ago. They were £6 each. One for seeds, one for peanuts and the other for fat balls. They are great, keeps the wood pidgeons and magpies out. Have seen the same ones in local gc for £18 each!  Have worked so far for me, and because only the little birds can feed, I don't have to fill it up so often.

    Have seen a small woodpecker too.

  • I don't know exactly which particular so-called "squirrel-proof" one which would work best or which might be available ready-made.

    I reckon that if I were trying to make one which really would work, I'd get a circular tray made from metal or really strong plastic - at least 30" diameter - and make a hole in the centre which would be large enough to push a metal spike-type bird-feeder post through it. You know the sort of thing - usually black & with a hook at right angles at the top from which you'd normally hand a peanut feeder or suchlike.

    If you push the spike through the hole & fix it so's the tray can't move, then squirrels can't climb up & over it it to reach anything which is hanging above.  I think I'd try to get the tallest pole I could find, and make sure that the tray was at least 4 ft from ground level.  The tray would need to be upside down, so that any lip pointed downwards - that would make it even harder for a squirrel to climb over.  A small tray wouldn't really be any good - they can reach quite a long way!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,386

    I have a baffle on the pole, as described above. The squirrels shin up the pole, bang their heads, and slide down again. Mine wobbles, so if they take a flying leap at it, they tip off.

  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117
    I have the same problem with squirrels, they flip the lid up on the feeder and pinch a fat ball, so i tried to tie string around the top, but they got through that too, i wouldnt mind if they where red squirrels but they are grey image
  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    It looks like I might have to get one of those hook things to hang the feeders off, although we have a lovely magnolia outside the kitchen window that the feeders are currently on which is great. hmm.  I'm turning into Basil Fawlty chasing squirrels round the garden with bamboo...


    I bought 3 squirrel proof cage feeders and to my surprise the woodpeckers can feed on them.

    They were reluctant at first, day 2 they were all over it.

    I do put the ordinary peanut feeder out for most of the day, bringing it in at night so the squirrels don't get encouraged to come.

    Give it a go, put both out till they get used to the cage feeders.


  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481

    I made my own squirrel proof feeders, which seem to be working well.......


  • SuesynSuesyn South Somerset Posts: 606

    I don't have a problem with squirrels but I have been trying to stop the crows from eating all the seed,  they are surprisingly agile and the squirrel proof feeders that I think others have mentioned don't seem to be deep enough to stop them from sitting on the outside and poking their long beaks through.  It's amazing how much seed a flock of hungry crows can consume,it's getting a bit expensive! 

  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,668

    I've got the same problem Suesyn,great flocks of Jackdaws abound in my area,and I can't keep up with the cost of wild bird seed. I've tried putting a ball of chicken wire round the seed feeder,but they are so strong they shove it to one side!  My bird table has the same chicken wire adornment,with a bit more success. 

    I've been assured by the rspb that the Jackdaws don't harm the small birds,but they aren't letting them get to the food that's for sure. Fat balls are gone within minutes. I wish I had an answer to it??? ?

    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,222

    We have problems with squirrels so last year I bought an anti  squirrel  feeder from Homgar online. It has metal plates which slide down over the feed outlets when something heavy lands on the perch. Holds a lot of seeds and is completely and easily washable. They do a new version for suet balls as well. The only snag is the price at £25, but I reckon I'm saving a fortune in bird seed  and have just bought another one as we have so many goldfinches coming here. Best buy ever!

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