How to Build a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder

How to Build a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder
Squirrels can quickly empty a bird feeder, storing food away for winter use. With a few simple modifications, any hanging bird feeder can become squirrel-proof. A couple of soda bottles and a clothesline will transform any hanging bird feeder into a squirrel-proof feeding sanctuary for the birds.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Clothesline Two 2-liter plastic soda bottles Hanging bird feeder with dome top Sharp knife
  • Clothesline
  • Two 2-liter plastic soda bottles
  • Hanging bird feeder with dome top
  • Sharp knife
Step 1
Puncture a small hole in the bottom of each of the soda bottles with the knife.
Step 2
Thread the clothesline through the mount of the bird feeder.
Step 3
Thread the clothesline through each of the soda bottles one on each side of of the bird feeder.
Step 4
Hang the clothesline with the bird feeder at least 4 feet from the ground and at least 15 feet from any tree branches or overhangs that squirrels can use to get to the clothesline.

Tips & Warnings

 
Remove the bottom spill feeder from hanging tube feeders to prevent squirrels from having a ledge to hang on.
 
Remove the bottom spill feeder from hanging tube feeders to prevent squirrels from having a ledge to hang on.
 
Be careful when cutting the hole into the bottom of the soda bottle. Children should have adult supervision if using a sharp knife.
 
Be careful when cutting the hole into the bottom of the soda bottle.
 
Children should have adult supervision if using a sharp knife.

Article Written By Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs graduated from Central Washington University with a BAed. She has been writing for Demand Studios and Suite 101 since 2008. Mrs. Hobbs work has also been printed in Yakima Family Times.

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