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Squirrels: If you can’t beat them, join them

There’s an old proverb that says, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” meaning sometimes you have to join the enemy to find peace.

If you’re constantly finding yourself on the losing end of the battle against squirrels at your bird feeders, it might be better to embrace the squirrels rather than fight them by directly feeding the squirrels. The benefits outweigh the risks for a number of reasons.

Firstly, one of the best ways to squirrel-proof a bird feeder is to simply give the squirrel its own feeder. Keeping a squirrel satisfied with its own food will prevent it from munching on the more expensive bird seed.

Secondly, you’ll no longer be filled with anger and disdain every time you see one of those furry little critters in your yard. Squirrels are undeniably cute animals you should not have to be battling all the time.

Finally, feeding squirrels can be thoroughly entertaining thanks to a slew of great feeders made from bird feeder companies like Duncraft. Use a squirrel’s craftiness for your own pleasure with these different types of squirrel feeders.

Squirrel Chair

There’s something adorable in seeing a squirrel sit at a table in a miniature chair to eat corn. Give yourself joy every time you glance into your backyard with a squirrel chair like the one pictured above or this one.

The Squngee

Not to be confused with a squeegee, the squngee is a bungee device for squirrels. Hanging from a tree or roof, the squngee requires a squirrel to jump up onto the stretchy wire to eat its corn.

Squirrel Spinner

A number of great squirrel spinners exist on the market, but one that consistently garners good reviews is the Songbird Essentials Squirrel Spinner. You affix the device to a tree and watch the squirrels spin, eat the food upside down and enjoy themselves. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a better picture than the poorly Photoshopped picture above, so if you have one you’ve taken, please let us know.)

Squirrel Teeter Totters

Like the chairs and squirrel-go-rounds, a variety of squirrel teeter totters are available to buy. Squirrels are very crafty and enjoy a good challenge, so you’ll be able to see the intelligence of these animals.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.


  1. Squirrel feeders are nice, but we would have to put up a dozen. We have so many squirrels, they pig the few we do have!

  2. I find that I have so many squirrels that they eat the alternate food source and then proceed to clean out my birdfeeders;(

  3. Your first picture looks like either a red squirrel of the native to the Pacific NW Douglas Pine Squirrel. These guys are adorable and I gladly share my birdseed with them and the chipmunks. Besides they are so small they fit through the chicken wiring I have around my feeders. The other positive thing abour the red squirrels is they are very territorial so they chase the grey squirrels away. Either squirrels provide lots of entertainment.

  4. I have squirrels I feed in my backyard and I’ve got to tell you there is nothing that will cheer you up quicker than watching them play and fight. Anybody who’s ever heard a squirrel growl in an attempt to scare away another knows true humor.

  5. This is brilliant! I figured leaving food out for the squirrels would be a good idea, but I was afraid that the food would be gone in moments. All but the first of these feeders would increase the time food is available, due to making the squirrels work for it, which makes them superb choices! I’m now thinking about creating one of my own. Is there a chance this would also help in directing their attention away from the soil in my gardens? They *love* digging holes in my planters along the porch…

  6. The squirrels are fun to watch but they are getting expensive.

  7. Eastern Fox squirrel is pictured. I have red squirrels and gray squirrels in the yard. I’ll see the grays on a daily basis in the winter, but the reds seem to show up in late winter. Plant more oaks!

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