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My cat was completely enthralled by this video (UPDATE: I totally forgot to mention I actually solved this problem myself years ago)

He sat on the couch wide-eyed and completely transfixed by the many squirrels crawling jumping and flying around in this demonstration.

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UPDATE: Totally forgot to mention that I have a much simpler, actually-squirrel-proof bird feeder setup in my yard. This is what I get for posting between conference calls. Whoops! It’s a combo of off-the-shelf products that fixes all of the issues that were identified with off-the-shelf products in the video.

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Like one of the feeders in the video, my Squirrel Buster feeder is spring loaded where the weight of birds leaves the seed ports open but the weight of squirrels and other critters closes them.

Unlike the spring loaded feeder in the video, there’s no way for the squirrels to open the top. The green outer cage is one solid piece including the top, while the inner tube with the seeds is suspended by a hook from above. That hook hangs from a hook that’s part of a a totally separate baffle hanging from the main hook that’s stuck in the ground.

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The only way to get at the seed is to first unhook the feeder hanger from the baffle, and then unhook the hanger from the feeder inner tube while supporting the tube from below. Then I just set aside the hanger and pull the cage up off the inner tube.

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This process is suitably complex that squirrels are unable to complete it.

The squirrels can climb up the fence or trees and hang on the feeder, but their weight closes the ports. They can climb up the pole, but the baffle is big enough that they can’t make it down to the feeder. Either way, no seeds for the squirrels.

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Instead, they have to settle for the droppings of the seeds after the bajillions of birds that come around to the feeder crack them open and let them fall to the ground.

And I didn’t even need to work at NASA to figure it out.

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