The primary reason you should set up a squirrel feeder is due to the fact that as long as you have bird feeders set up in your yard, you are going to have squirrels climbing on them and attempting to steal the food. Why not entice them away from your bird feeders.
Squirrels are extremely amusing little creatures to watch and there are lots of different squirrel feeders that are created not only for feeding squirrels but also designed to keep you laughing. We feed birds because we enjoy watching them so why not feed your squirrels and enjoy some amusing entertainment.
A squirrel can basically consume it's body weight in approximately one week so that is why they will certainly be looking for readily available food in their area. They like to consume bird seed however dry corn cobs, peanuts and sunflower seeds are favorite treats for squirrels.
Popular Squirrel Feeders:
The most preferred are the dry corn feeders. You just attach an ear of dry corn to the feeder and the squirrels take pleasure picking off the kernels. This kind of squirrel feeder can be rather inventive and as we mentioned earlier, entertaining.
The advantage to these type of feeders is the squirrels must work for their food so they are occupied for a long period of time. The longer they are at their feeders, the less time they are attempting to raid your bird feeder.
One excellent example is the squirrel bungie which is a big favorite. The squirrels have to jump up to get at the corn and then they begin bouncing up and down while they attempt to pop off a few kernels. This one is a lot of fun to watch.
Another fun squirrel feeder is the spinner type dry corn feeder. These are designed to start spinning when a squirrel climbs on it to access the ear of dry corn. These can be very entertaining plus it's fun for the squirrel.
Once again as we have said earlier, these type of feeders occupy squirrels for a long period of time so they work quite well and are recommended if you want to keep them away from your bird feeders.
The last type of squirrel feeder is the feed box style. These can be made from wood, recycled plastic or metal. They come in many different shapes and sizes but all basically serve the same purpose. You fill them with sunflower seeds, shelled or un-shelled peanuts and watch the squirrels go to town. These type of feeders will get emptied pretty fast so be prepared to be stocking up on peanuts and sunflower seeds.
With the many choices available it makes sense to try this strategy to win the battle against those pesky squirrels. If you love to watch your birds visit your feeders and have accepted the fact that the squirrels are never going away then it's beneficial to install a squirrel feeder to satisfy all the visitors in your yard.