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Yesterday we were all about the food, today it’s about the feeder…
There are numerous feeders out there. Which ones work? Well, they all do but which ones keep the squirrels at bay? Ha! None of them forever, unless you have them rigged for an electric shock when they touch it. Someone I know actually did that! He had fashioned a shocker that he could operate by remote control when the blackbirds would flock to the feeders. Pretty soon, they’d get a jolt, fly away and then hover and try it again! By the 3rd shock, they decided to go somewhere else… I admit, it was entertaining!
However, this was an attempt to keep the squirrels away. Notice in the picture the flashing on the sides and bottom of the feeder. Makes it slippery for squirrels.
The above is a hopper feeder, you fill the top and can adjust the perch for weight. If you want to make sure the smaller birds get a bite, then lighten the weight limit. It also keeps the food fairly dry. Hopper feeders hold a lot of seed.
Dome feeders are also a good choice for keeping the feed drier. Cardinals and Blue Jays like this style.
Tube feeders are good for finches, chickadees and other smaller birds. You can snip the perches back to keep the bigger birds from eating it all. Tube feeders have different size holes for different size seeds, in fact, you may see the smaller size feeders called “Thistle” feeders.
Suet feeders hold the suet cakes, Woodpeckers love these, so do squirrels.
Window feeders are another option. I’ve not tried these yet but might give them a go. I’m just not sure how clean your window will stay! They attach by suction cups. This is a link to a place with a number of different styles. I’ve never bought from them but they appear reputable. birds-n-gardens.com