Some people experience problems with squirrels and the problem they have is that the squirrels come in their garden and thief feed which has been put out for the small birds. Of course squirrels aren’t the only culprits of stealing feed intended for small birds, large birds also thief it however, by solving the squirrel problem you will usually also solve the large bird problem too. Solutions to this problem can be seen on websites like www.gardenbirdlife.com which tell you of various methods including the use of squirrel proof bird feeders. The sites will probably mention that there are now several types of squirrel proof bird feeders available on the market, any of which will work for preventing squirrels from stealing the feed and most will also prevent large birds from stealing it also.
One of the methods or types of squirrel proof bird feeders that prevents both squirrels and large birds is the spinning feeder. This is a feeder that whilst allowing small birds to sit on a perch and feed away, when a heavier weight sits on the perch, it starts to spin and spins fast enough to prevent the large bird or squirrel from remaining there to eat. One disadvantage of this type of feeder is that feed often flies out onto the ground due to the spinning and so squirrels may hang around to eat that. Another type of squirrel proof bird feeder that also prevents larger birds from becoming thieves is one that utilizes pressure plates in front of the feeder.
Although the pressure plates do not react to the weight of a small, light bird, they will to the heavier weight of a large bird or squirrel and how they react is to close the feeder door. Although sometimes people may place domes halfway up a pole which has a bird feeder at the top and that successfully stops the squirrels from climbing the pole, it does nothing to stop large birds from stealing feed. Also if one of these poles is located too close to a tree or building, a squirrel may climb that and then jump from one to the other, gaining access to the feed that way.
It is perhaps a little known fact though that, squirrels also need feeding in the winter months. Most people know that squirrels are renowned for storing food from the summer months for eating during the winter but what is not so well-known is the fact that although the squirrels may hide the food, as their memories are not too good, they often forget where they hid it and so they too have problems finding sufficient food in the winter months. With this forgetfulness of squirrels in mind, a better solution to the squirrel problem may be to give them their own feeder. It has been shown that when both a bird feeder and a squirrel feeder are placed in the same garden, a squirrel would much rather forego the gymnastics needed to feed from the bird feeder, preferring to eat at its own feeder.