dealsbrome 1015 squirrel buster bird feeder for $35.87

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nice.

although I am convinced that once they build a better squirrel proof bird feeder the squirrel figures out how to get at it.

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@hobbit: Exactly! Which is why I said "as squirrel-proof as possible," because I'm not entirely sure it IS possible to squirrel-proof a feeder. We have a gazillion gray squirrels. (And that may be underestimating!)

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My sister-in-law has some highly trained acrobatic ninja squirrels, that I have seen do phenomenal feats. I am sorry to say, she has one of these and it does not keep those ninja squirrels out. It does however, slow them way down.

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Made one of these about a year ago.
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-Flexi-Perch-Squirrel-proof-birdfe/
been working great, just have to replace the zipties now and then.

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@theoneill555: I have a colony of those ninja squirrels, they only thing they don't do is fly - yet.

@debbiedunlap: I know you said it, I was reading the claims of the vendor.

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I find the antics of the squirrels just as entertaining as watching the different birds. I think there is more than a bit of monkey mentality in a squirrel.

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@debbiedunlap: are squirrels marsupials? or just rodents? ;)

I do enjoy watching them try getting into the feeder I just wish they couldn't eat all the food. Because they hog it all.

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@hobbit: I think the ninja squirrels are in flight training. They climb high in the tree and just leap out about 10 - 15 feet and grab the bird feeder in mid flight or is it fall?

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My squirrels own this type of feeder. they just hang upside down and look in the hole and eat it all. This isn't squirrel proof. lol. Fun to watch though.

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Naaaah Babeee Naaah !!! No such animal

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@theoneill555: I gave up. My bird feeders hang from the eaves of my side porch, all they have to do is shimmy around the eaves grab the feeder and swing on. I am thinking that the new family addition may deter them from visiting the porch though. I have noticed a decrease in the squirrel colony this spring. Tiger is apparently a big enough threat to them, I have no clue if he actually hunts though.

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@fs127: that's pretty cool, I will have to give that a try because it works on the same if-it-weighs-more-than-a-few-ounces principle as the one linked below, which I have.

http://www.squirrelproof-birdfeeders.com/absolute-2-squirrel-proof-bird-feeder.aspx

This one does keep out the squirrels when hanging freely from a shepherd's hook fixed to a deck post.

The only squirrel I've witnessed successfully raiding it was plucking one sunflower seed out at a time while fully stretched between the deck rail and the swinging feeder. Since he was so very persistent - and hungry - I didn't chase him away.

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Mounting a bird feeder at the top of a ten foot pole and wraping it with metal flashing (3 vertical feet worth) keeps the squirrels away. As long as they can't jump.fly from a nearby tree you are all set.

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Parents have one similar to this suspended from a wire across their deck. Squirrel hops on the wire, runs to the feeder. Jumps onto the feeder, swings it around and spills seeds onto the deck. It then calmly proceeds to eat the spillage off the floor. There's no stopping those awful rats.

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Clearly squirrels are smarter than the average small animal. At least when it comes to food they have worked out the reward system pretty well. And when you make it harder for them, they spend that much more time figuring out how to get at the food. It is pavlov's theory in action every day, although you would think that they would have also figured this out about cars and streets too.

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@brikbats: EXACTLY! I have this exact feeder, and while it does thwart the squirrels from hanging on the feeder to feed, all they have to do is shake, skake, shake, and their meal is on the ground.
The good thing is that they haven't been able to chew this feeder apart like they've done to my other "squirrel proof" feeders in the past...

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Personally, I'd be more interested in a bird-proof squirrel feeder. Like an intricate, Rube Goldberg vs. John Kramer with special guest referee Ninja-Warrior-rerun, obstacle course.

I just find them more entertaining.

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Did a Google Search and found 38 Stores with this starting at $28.00

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Squirrel Buster Plus is WAAY better; had the classic, but the squirrels were able to chew the plastic around the feeder holes until the metal falls out and the seeds pour out; the squirrel Buster Plus has solid metal around the holes and really does work; it has foiled our squirrels for several months now, the first feeder ever to do so!