Squirrel Feeder Benefits

First Beat'em & Then, Feed'em!

squirrel feederA Squirrel Feeder Will Provide Hours of
Entertainment & Fun

After Beating Them at Your Bird Feeder...
Feed Them with Their Very Own Feeder!

Not This!


First, Is It Legal, Safe or "Neighbourly Acceptable" to Feed Squirrels?

  1. It is important to know if your municipality where you live even allows feeding wildlife. Check this out with the local authorities before starting to feed the squirrels. Once you have the little critters used to your handouts, it will be hard to get it across to them that you are no longer offering free meals.
  1. Is it safe to feed wild animals? That is what squirrels and chipmunks are who live in our neighbourhoods, wild animals. They are cute, but they could carry disease and before you decide to be up close and personal then the risk of contracting an illness must be considered.

hand feeding chipmunkHand Feeding Chipmunk
making friends with squirrelsHow Friendly Will You Be?

  1. The fact is, if you feed one little animal, you will have many! This is a situation where you will have to care what your neighbours think. Not everyone will appreciate having several or more little furry bodies running around their yard.

Once you have given careful thought to these three questions, then you can make a better decision about what you will do.

red squirrelsWhere There Is One, More Will Follow

What are the Benefits of Feeding Squirrels?

  1. Very little waiting time before they find your offering. Not like with bird feeding where you can wait a longtime until they find your bird seed.
  1. Squirrels are not fussy! They have their favs, but they will eat just about anything you put out. Not like birds who are choosy when it comes to diet.
  1. They will provide lots of fun. They are very entertaining little creatures! Like birds!

Below are some interesting ways to feed squirrels.

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What Do Squirrels Like to Eat?

Squirrels eat a varied diet in the wild, which provides better nutrition than just one food item.

Here is a list of foods squirrels like, some providing better nutrition than others.

Healthy List

Nuts in the shell are best:

- walnuts

- acorns

- pecans

- hickory

- hazelnut

- butternut

- beachnut

- almonds

Along with these foods:

- fruits (not citrus)

- vegetables

- insects

- store bought squirrel pellets

Not As Healthy

Other foods that are acceptable:

- corn

- peanut butter

- roasted peanuts

- pistachio nuts

- pumpkin & pumpkin seed

- sunflower seeds

Do not feed:

- human food like bread, candy, cookies etc.

- nyjer seed (most squirrels don't like it)

- raw peanuts

How to Make a Simple Squirrel Feeder?

A very simple squirrel feeder that you can easily make yourself.

1. Simply tie string, sisal rope (will be very strong), yarn, wire or chain to a basket or up-cycle a plastic takeout food container instead of using a basket.

2. Fill it with one of the squirrel foods from the list above.

3. Hang it up outside where you can enjoy watching the squirrels munching on the treat you provided for them.

Feed the Squirrels With Their Own Feeders

And finally,

harmony in your backyard!

How To Fix Backyard Bird Feeding Problems Here & In Right Column:

  • Pests at Bird Feeders Understanding all the pests that come to bird feeders and bird houses is essential before success at controlling them is possible.
  • #1 Killer of Wild Birds Cats are the leading cause of bird deaths in North America. Pets and feral cats are responsible for millions of wild bird deaths each year.
  • #2 Killer of Wild Birds Windows. The windows in our homes are a problem as most of us know, but the windows in big city buildings kill millions. There are solutions.
  • Backyard Predators There are other animals that prey on our songbirds in our backyards. Learn what they are so you can help.
  • Where are they in winter? It can happen any time of year. The birds you were happily feeding all of sudden disappear. What can be done?
  • Bird Feeding Problems Sometimes it seems like there are a lot of problems to overcome when feeding birds in your outdoor space. Find the answers.

Rodent Control

  • Rodent Control of Rats This situation calls for strategic and timely action. Learn the steps to achieving rat control.
  • Baffle the Squirrels! This is often the bird feeding problem people deal with the most often. Most backyard bird watchers will have to go to war with these four legged ones at some point. There are many solutions. Discover them here.
  • About Squirrels Knowing what to expect will help a lot. You may consider them an enemy, but they really are just animals trying to survive.
  • Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeders Squirrel proof bird feeders or squirrel resistant bird feeders keep squirrels from eating all your bird food and/or prevent them from damaging your feeders by gnawing on them.
  • Squirrel Feeders  Sometimes the only solution to backyard harmony with squirrels, is to offer them their very own feeder. They will pay you back with entertaining antics to watch!