I’ve tried being reasonable. This is the squirrel feeder I bought, installed and keep stocked.
This is my purportedly squirrel-proof feeder after three weeks.
This is the hook holding a big tube feeder under the eaves, snapped off under the weight of a very overfed squirrel.
I thought we didn’t have a squirrel population problem here. What I didn’t realize was that the squirrels had a dog problem! And after Miss Autumn died and all her doggie playgroup stopped coming over to visit, those fluffy-tailed rats were in paradise. Suet! Sunflower seed! Peanuts! and not a hyperactive terrier mutt in sight!
So I’ve taken in all the bird feeders except one thistle feeder they can’t reach. I’m seriously considering using a humane trap and moving them out of town, or installing a sliding panel on the kitchen window so I can blast them with a nerf gun. I would never use poison outdoors, and don’t want the hassle of learning how to shoot, and I don’t really want to kill them, anyway. I just want them to leave my expensive seed and feeders alone!
Maybe I’ll call the local pizzeria and find out where they get bulk hot pepper…