Instead of buying elaborate bird feeders that rely on trap doors and special poles to outwit the squirrels, why not cater to them? Most of these special feeders don't work, as squirrels seem to laugh at them while hauling away their lunch. Give the squirrels what they want, and they may leave more of the bird seeds for the birds. A spinning bird feeder gives squirrels a snack as well as fun and exercise, and the sight of your furry neighbours spinning around on this feeder can give your morning an amusing lift.
Hammer one 10d nail into each end of each board, with the pointed ends sticking up the same way.
Lay one board across the other one in a crossed position, with the cross at the centre of both boards. Use two 6d nails to fasten the crossed boards together, keeping the nails away from the very centre of the boards.
Drill a hole through the centre of both boards using a 1/2-inch drill bit. Make sure that the hole is in the centre of the cross.
Slip the 30d nail through the hole in the centre of the boards and hammer it into a large tree or wooden post. Do not hammer the nail into the post all the way. Make sure that you leave enough space so that the crossed boards can spin freely.
Shove a corn cob onto each nail at the ends of the boards. Make sure that you put the nail into the centre of the cob so that it will be held securely. The squirrels will climb onto your spinner and eat the corn.
Replace the corn with large pine cones covered in suet and bird seed, for variety.
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- Replace the corn with large pine cones covered in suet and bird seed, for variety.