If you have a bird feeder then I am sure you probably know that it attracts all sorts of creatures to your back yard. One of them though has a tendency to eat all the bird food that you have put out and they will normally eat it straight out of the feeder. I know that for me a big problem that I have is squirrels eating my bird feed and many times they have eaten all the bird seed that I put out within a couple of hours of me filling the feeder and one of my feeders they decided to chew through the material to get the seed to pout out onto the ground. However, I have found a homemade squirrel guard that works out really well and keeps them out of my bird seed.
The item that I found that works out really well is an old plastic bowl for keeping the squirrels out of the feeder. Now you might be asking how I manage to use an old plastic bowl to keep squirrels out of my bird feeder, and I will tell you that here!
The first thing that you will need to do is find your old plastic bowl. Now make sure it’s a bowl that you are not going to be using at any time because once you do this it will not be usable anymore. Once you have established which bowl you are going to use you will want to select the bird feeder that you are going to want to protect.
After you have determined this you will need to drill a hole into the bottom of the bowl so that you can put a string through it. After you have the string through the bottom of the bowl you will want to attach it to the bottom of your feeder making sure that it is upside down so the open end is facing the ground and secure enough so that it will not slip down or flop wildly in the wind. You will more or less want to make it seem like it was already attached to the bird feeder so you might need to secure it to multiple points on the bird feeder.
If the feeder is in a location that the squirrel can climb down the rope or hook that you have it attached to make it in the air you will need to put a large enough bowl upside down to cover the top of the feeder with some overhang to make it a little bit more difficult for the squirrel to climb in the feeder. The process of attaching it is the same except you will be drilling a hole large enough for the attachment to connect it to the feeder and then it will slide down to the height you want it. To control the height you can run strings across the bowl top and that helps some times, but you might have to toy around with this to get the height right.
Keeping squirrels out of your bird feeder is always going to be a challenge, but I found that this homemade squirrel defense works pretty well on my squirrels. I know that I haven’t had to buy any new