Time to fight back against the squirrels
HAVING suffered a total disappearance of metal feeders, feeders which have been broken into and other damage by our ‘furry friends’ (squirrels), I have discovered something to baffle them.
I had a new but unused metal hanging basket chain, about 18in long, in the greenhouse which I have pressed into use.
I hung the central hook on a higher branch of the apple tree, then draped the three chains over lower branches. I then clipped one chain on to the body of each of the feeders.
This, I hope, will solve the problem of the disappearing metal feeder – now, to solve the problem of the squirrels getting into the feeder.
In the past, my main armament had been ‘bulldog clips’ of varying sizes to fit the feeder, clipped on over the wire clips that keep the lid closed and then folding their arms together.
This has been successful – until today. One squirrel has discovered how to get the clip off, so back to the drawing board with this.
One word, however. My basket hanger, to my mind, is rather short and I will be changing it for a longer chained version.
I also feel my feeders are rather too close together and block my view of all of them at the same time and also allow these wretched animals easy access by stretching over to feed off another. SALTER supplied fantastic £1,257 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, superbly supported by the Ruislip-based Showcase Choir.
These vital funds will help the charity’s nurses provide free, hands-on care to the terminally ill in their homes, instead of them being admitted to hospital and the place they least want to be.
Hillingdon’s Marie Curie Cancer Care Volunteer Fundraising Group