As any bird lover can tell you, it’s almost impossible to keep a squirrel from getting inside your bird feeder. You can try almost anything, and eventually, the squirrel will figure out a way around even the most ingenious defense mechanisms.

Can you blame them? Squirrels need to eat just as much as birds do, but very few people are as passionate about looking after squirrels as they are about looking after their feathered friends.

One man thought he had finally found a solution for keeping squirrels out of his bird feeders. He set up cameras to record the results of his new plan to keep the fluffy-tailed rodents at bay. When a squirrel finally tried out the new feeder, they both got the shock of a lifetime.

This squirrel caught on camera seems confused by this new bird feeder. But he’s not letting it get in his way of a hearty afternoon snack.

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Whoops! The rotating pole almost sent this squirrel flying sky high! 

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Once he regained his footing, all that was left to do was conquer the spinning wheel of plastic that stood between him and his next meal.

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Another close call! But the squirrel was too close to getting his grub to give up now.

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Watch the squirrel’s battle for food!

If you are looking ways to keep squirrels out of your bird feeders, these balls of seed bound with rendered animal fat are a great idea. 
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You can also invest in caged bird feeders that come with built in bars to keep out tricky squirrels. 

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But if a squirrel is hungry enough, he’ll find away inside. It’s getting back outside again that could be a problem!


Some people grate up bars of soap and put it in the bird feed. The birds ignore it, but the squirrels will take one bite and never come back again. This method is animal safe, it just doesn’t taste very good.

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Sometimes squirrels can be persuaded to stay away from a bird feeder by simply topping them with metal mixing bowls. They try to jump on the feeder and slide right off!

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Some people mix cayenne pepper into their bird seed. It doesn’t bother the birds, but again, the yucky taste keeps squirrels away once they have sampled the seed. 

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This DIY squirrel-proof bird feeder relies on pieces of plastic piping that make it impossible for the squirrels to hold on they try to reach the seed.

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There are many different things you can try to keep squirrels away from the seeds meant for birds, but be prepared for those squirrels to put up one heck of a fight!

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