Squirrel acrobat bird feeder engineer

As the video clearly shows our Perky-Pet Squirrel-Be-Gone III Feeder, Model 337 is far from squirrel proof. This acrobatic squirrel must be a bird feeder engineer – because the Squirrel-Be-Gone doesn’t seem to give this one any problems. We only had this bird feeder out for two days when I caught what some call a tree rat having breakfast.

The Perky-Pet Squirrel-Be-Gone basically works on weight activation. A squirrel triggers springs on each side that move a protective cage to close around the feeding holes. Leaving enough space for birds to eat but not squirrels. This squirrel defeated the whole design with an upside down one claw grab. So there is no heavy weight to trigger the springs.

You can easily adjust the springs to be more sensitive. I have done this and the squirrel seems to be eating on the ground now. But the feeder hasn’t been completely full until I restocked it yesterday. So I’ll have to keep an eye out to see if the spring adjustment deters squirrel feeding. I’m on the lowest setting – so if it doesn’t the squirrel will be declared the winner.

I have no way of knowing if this squirrel had encountered this type of feeder in the past. Or if it just figured out how to counteract it’s defenses quickly. When my girlfriend’s co-worker was told this story – she was amazed – because she thought squirrels were supposed to be stupid. If that is the case this one must not fit the mold.

Black Oil Sunflower Seed is being used in the large Squirrel-Be-Gone Feeder. The cheaper Perky-Pet Wild Bird and Finch Feeder on the left is filled with a mixed seed – which seems more popular with our local bird population.

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Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae