Stopping squirrels from raiding your bird feeder by placing a squirrel feeder in your yard is known as the distraction method or Diversion method.
It frequently works well when used in combination with a squirrel proof bird feeder. If the squirrels have to work extra hard to obtain food from the bird feeder but find that food in the squirrel feeder is easy to get, they’ll typically choose to go there first and ignore your bird feeder.
When using a squirrel feeder however, you’ll notice that squirrels love to bury food. When the squirrel finds your squirrel feeder, he’ll begin hiding the food in an effort to keep it all for himself. One at a time the squirrel will get a nut, go bury it, and then come back to get another nut to do the same. Over and over he’ll bury each one until your squirrel feeder is empty. By allowing your squirrel feeder to remain empty for a day or two before refilling it, you’ll encourage the squirrels to dig up and eat the food they’ve buried. However if you see the squirrels starting to get back into your bird feeder again you may need to refill the squirrel feeder more frequently.
Also, make sure you set up the squirrel feeder a distance from the bird feeder, preferably away from the trees at or near the bird feeder. The reason is that if the squirrel feeder is under the same tree as the bird feeder, the squirrels will hang out in that tree, thereby remaining in the vicinity of your bird feeder.
One catch to using a squirrel feeder to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder is that by setting up the additional feeder you might inadvertently cause the birds to start feeding from there instead of the bird feeder near your window where you’re able to see the birds. To prevent this from happening you can use bird proof squirrel feeders. The two kinds that work well are the jar feeders and the box feeders.
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