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Have You Fed a Squirrel Today?

Updated on April 29, 2015

If you Can't Beat 'Em, Feed 'Em!

Sometimes no matter what you've tried, nothing seems to work to keep those bushy-tailed acrobats off your bird feeders!

How about giving the squirrels a place of their own to dine? Squirrels can be very entertaining to watch and giving them their own place to eat - far from the bird feeders - you may notice after a while they'll completely leave the bird feeders alone.

Below I've listed some squirrel feeder ideas that may help the birds eat in peace.

Tips on Feeding Squirrels

  • Place your squirrel feeders far from your bird feeders so that they don't scare the birds and they don't feel the need to visit the bird feeders.

  • There are a lot of food options for feeding squirrels. General food options can be seeds and nut mixes. You can get a wild life mix or a bird seed mix that has a variety of seeds and nuts. Choosing something with larger seeds is always a good idea.

  • Peanuts in or out of the shell, Rodent Chow (from a pet store) or field corn still on the cob are other great choices for feeding your furry friends.

  • Be considerate of neighbors. If they don't like squirrels, it's best not to encourage them by putting out tons of food near the property line.

Flickr Photo Credit Storm's

Squirrel Feeders on Amazon - A place to call their own!

Build Your Own - Hide and Eat Squirrel Jar Feeder

Here's a great "Dine-In" Squirrel Feeder! The curious creatures can climb right in to enjoy their meal.

Click here for Free Jar Squirrel Feeder Plans.

Squirrel Cookie Recipe

Who doesn't love cookies? Another thing you can do is make "squirrel cookies". They're filling for the squirrels, so they don't eat as much of your birdseed. Here's a great recipe from Wisconsin Squirrel Connection

RECIPE:

(Note that I don't follow any specific proportions)

Put the following ingredients into a large bowl and stir:

*Rodent Chow crushed into powder or tiny chunks (You can use a hammer or coffee grinder to do this.)

*Small hazelnut, pecan, or walnut pieces, and a handful of sunflower seeds.

*Some hazelnut or walnut oil (optional)

*A bit of cornmeal (optional)

*Soft, plain suet

*Peanut butter for taste - you have to judge how much. If you can't smell peanut butter, they probably won't eat it.

Next, add a bit of flour to get a sticky "cookie dough" consistency. That's what will hold the ingredients together. Mix or knead well.

Roll the dough into small balls about the size of a walnut, or into a cookie form. Roll into some nuts or sunflower seeds. Freeze well . Squirrels won't eat it if it's mushy.

You can get creative with the recipe, sometimes I roll up the "dough" in small balls with a nut inside before freezing it, or put some on a twig or craft stick, and freeze for a "squirrel pop".

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Need some favors for your garden party? Flower seed favors fit the theme perfectly and are both animal and earth friendly.

Build Your Own - Squirrel Cafe Feeder

Best seat in the house! Your squirrel friends will love taking a seat on this diner.

Click here to get your own Free Squirrel Cafe Feeder Plans

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Build Your Own - Squirrel Box Feeder

You know how clever squirrels can be when it comes to finding their food. A box feeder is a great way to give the squirrels their own food supply, and creates some entertainment for you too!

Click here for your own Squirrel Box Feeder plans.

Garden Gifts for Friends

Know a nature lover who spends countless hours out in the yard or garden? A gardening gift basket works for any occasion and includes a variety of gardening tools and delicious treats to brighten their day!

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      Spikey64 

      5 years ago

      Squirrels make great entertaining subjects especially for photographers.

    • ladyyummy profile image

      ladyyummy 

      5 years ago

      Squirrels are soooo cute. I like watching the FAT ones :D You have great pictures!

    • AstroGremlin profile image

      AstroGremlin 

      5 years ago

      Squirrels are hilarious to watch.

    • IMKZRNU2 profile image

      IMKZRNU2 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      We raised a near dead baby squirrel back to lifeland she lived as our companion until she died of old age...they are definitely fun and entertaining creatures! I did learn that they don't care for the mix that has a lot of corn in it because she would always pick out the corn and eat the other yummy stuff!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Neat Lens!

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      skatersollie 

      6 years ago

      Very cool lens...meet robbie the squirrel http://www.squidoo.com/how-i-met-robbie-the-squirr...

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      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I like watching the squirrels scamper around and they get hungry too!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love your phrase if you can't beat em feed em. Squirrels definitely are little geniuses when it comes to finding food. I love having them around.

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      getupandgrow 

      6 years ago

      Squirrels-and specifically, feeding squirrels, is one of the most therapeutic things I do. Just one look at their furry little faces and tummies, and I'm happy, whatever else has been going on.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We don't have squirrels in Hawaii, but growing up in the mainland I used to love watching the squirrels.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      We have squirrels running up and down our trees, so entertaining especially for our cat. I love the Squirrel Box Feeder.

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      revenue4u 

      6 years ago

      I love watching squirrels. It is raining now and I wonder if they are keeping dry. Great lens. Squid liked.

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      Pete Schultz 

      6 years ago

      I've feed squirrels with peanuts in the shell off and on for years...usually by trying to make it difficult to get at the peanuts, but they find a way to get them every time. They are fun to watch all right.

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      dessertlover 

      6 years ago

      I worked for a place that had several plans for squirrel feeders. I think my favorite one was one that looked like a tractor. The "engine" of the tractor was a plastic gallon jar that you could put a corn cob or other squirrel food in. It was adorable!

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      ellagis 

      6 years ago

      Unfortunately, I don't have a garden - so I cannot feed squirrels, but I would, if I had one. I love them, and I always spend a lot of time watching them when I see them in a park.

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      poutine 

      6 years ago

      I didn't realize there were all those gadgets to feed the squirrels.

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      Blackspaniel1 

      6 years ago

      nice lens

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Hello :) I have added a link to this lens on my new lens http://www.squidoo.com/squirrel-thematic-unit-stud...

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      dessertlover 

      7 years ago

      Between the squirrels and striped chipmunks in my yard, I can't even have birdfeeders anymore. They chew through plastic ones and the squirrel proof ones tend to be pretty expensive. Do love the photos in this lens!

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      Brankica 

      7 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Blessings for this lens, especially the cute photos :)

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      weldingreptile 

      7 years ago

      I love squirrels!!!

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      Hitful 

      7 years ago

      Great page! I also enjoy feeding the squirrels and even had one hand-fed until it tried to eat my finger! Ironically, I set up a squirrel feeder and get annoyed when the birds steal all the food (only blue jays and monster-sized crows around here).

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      jlshernandez 

      7 years ago

      There is a squirrel in my garden feasting on the fallen pineapple guavas fruits on the ground. Then it leaves the rind on the rail of my deck as if to say, "Thanks these are so yummy."

      I know some of the squirrels probably ate my marigolds but I never really saw this happen. Thanks for the great lens.

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      WhitePineLane 

      7 years ago

      This is the antithesis of my lens: Squirrels Are Just Chipmunks Covered in Evil! Great lens, anyway! ;-D

      *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      The Hide and Eat Squirrel Feeder is brilliant and this entire lense is nothing but fun and great ideas! I love the little guys too!

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      bellaballoo 

      7 years ago

      I love chasing them! I never get em' though - their fast!

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      mazbond 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. I love watching the squirrels and all the funny antics. I only usually get one in my garden and he loves to eat the hazel nuts from our trees so that usually keeps him busy.

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      ohcaroline 

      7 years ago

      Great topic for a lens and excellent ideas on how to feed squirrels. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I find squirrels very entertaining. Great lens for ideas for creating your own squirrel snacks feeders.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Squirrels are cute but sure can do the damage. Very clever lens, though.

      Janices7 said that this lens was in the Summer Sunshine Award Contest for CAER so I am featuring it with your charity on my contest lens Squidoo's Summer Sunshine Award Nominees.

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      squid-janices7 

      8 years ago

      I haven't grown fond enough of my squirrels to feed them yet :) Mostly I'm just looking to keep them off my birdfeeders which is impossible so maybe you are right and I should just give in and feed them too :)

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      tssfacts 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. These funny characters are very entertaining. When I visit Mom we will sit on the back porch and just watch them play and laugh out-loud even. There were plenty of oak trees so the hunt was always on to see who could find the acorns.

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