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Updated: August 8, 2017
There is no good answer to this question. You are trying to attract birds to your feeder, but inevitably the squirrels will come too. Some people enjoy watching squirrels, while others consider them pests. There are a few things you can try to keep them away from your feeders, but after observing these creatures for a while, you will notice how intelligent they are and how difficult it is to outsmart them.
Many feeders on the market claim to be squirrel proof. You could try one of these or add a baffle to your feeder. A baffle is a bowl- or umbrella-shaped plastic or metal barrier placed on the pole on which the feeder is mounted. The idea behind a baffle is that squirrels cannot get past it, although they often do. Another option is to offer squirrels dried ears of corn, peanuts, or cracked corn at a location away from the feeders. This allows the squirrels to enjoy a free meal while distracting them, it is hoped, from the more expensive sunflower seed.
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