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Old 02-25-2018, 10:28 AM   #1
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Default How Can I keep Coons & Squirrels Off My Feeder???

How can I cheaply protect this feeder from coons and squirrels? Looking for a cheap alternative. I thought about wrapping with barb wire around the legs. I am low budget and bought the feeder I could afford so, I cannot buy another one right now but later I will replace with a barrel feeder. Looking for alternatives to save this feeder. Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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Wrap it in 1/2" mesh. Better get that hole patched up
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:40 AM   #3
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Get a metal feeder. Squirrels will destroy that plastic feeder.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:41 AM   #4
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Wrap it in 1/2" mesh. Better get that hole patched up
The mesh is a goo idea. Also, lumber mending plates with the nails facing up work well. Try to find to longest mending plates you can.

Here's an example of some small plates at Lowe's:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/USP-5-25-in...iABEgLZyvD_BwE
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:44 AM   #5
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I know of a guy trying to unload some slinkys.....

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Old 02-25-2018, 10:49 AM   #6
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Get a metal feeder. Squirrels will destroy that plastic feeder.
This.

And. .22 will help too.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:50 AM   #7
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Ha!

Why anybody would ever believe anything Skinny says again blows my mind!
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:52 AM   #8
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I grease the legs on mine. Little messy but worth it.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:53 AM   #9
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PVC. PM if you need the simple details.

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Old 02-25-2018, 10:54 AM   #10
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Op,maybe try wrapping the feeder with some wire mesh 1/2x1/2 or some hardware cloth

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Old 02-25-2018, 11:35 AM   #11
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Rat bait bars will get rid of the squirrels
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:39 AM   #12
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Slide the legs down inside pvc. It's slick and they can't climb on it. Make sure pvc is big enough in circumference that they can't wrap legs around it and climb it. Weird looking but it works.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:23 PM   #13
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:59 PM   #14
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Slide the legs down inside pvc. It's slick and they can't climb on it. Make sure pvc is big enough in circumference that they can't wrap legs around it and climb it. Weird looking but it works.
That is a great idea!
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Old 02-25-2018, 02:14 PM   #15
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I had coons tear off the motor/timer on my feeder like that but dont have problems with squirrels.I'll have to try the pvc trick.

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Old 02-25-2018, 02:19 PM   #16
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Go with a metal barrel that winches up!
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Old 02-25-2018, 02:43 PM   #17
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Used to have several 5-gal plastic bucket feeders that the squirrels loved to chew on. Got a double handful of chili pequins and some japs----ran 'em thru the blender until they were liquid. Painted that on the bucket where they liked to chew---done. Just remember to wash your hands before rubbing your eye, picking your nose, or unzipping - - -
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:16 PM   #18
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The slinky’s on the legs work great!
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:26 PM   #19
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4" min dia pvc pipe
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:17 PM   #20
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Slinkys work for me. I buy the cheap plastic ones from the dollar store and they work fine.

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Ha!

Why anybody would ever believe anything Skinny says again blows my mind!
You saying slinkys don't work? I promise they do!
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:29 PM   #21
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Slinkys work for me. I buy the cheap plastic ones from the dollar store and they work fine.



You saying slinkys don't work? I promise they do!
My post was in reference to the guy trying to sell 1200 that he has an inventory.

I have metal barrels and varmint cages that wrap all the way around the bottom of the barrel

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Old 02-25-2018, 07:38 PM   #22
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Slinkys work for me. I buy the cheap plastic ones from the dollar store and they work fine.



You saying slinkys don't work? I promise they do!
Without a doubt......I also heard you can replace the feeder legs with pogo sticks too.
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:29 PM   #23
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The mesh is a goo idea. Also, lumber mending plates with the nails facing up work well. Try to find to longest mending plates you can.

Here's an example of some small plates at Lowe's:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/USP-5-25-in...iABEgLZyvD_BwE
How do you attach these to the legs?
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:39 PM   #24
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Op,maybe try wrapping the feeder with some wire mesh 1/2x1/2 or some hardware cloth



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That looks like Skinny
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:41 PM   #25
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That looks like Skinny
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:02 PM   #26
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The mesh is a goo idea. Also, lumber mending plates with the nails facing up work well. Try to find to longest mending plates you can.

Here's an example of some small plates at Lowe's:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/USP-5-25-in...iABEgLZyvD_BwE
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How do you attach these to the legs?
Ahh...y'all are talking about coon stairs!!
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:20 PM   #27
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This^^^^. I haven't had a squirrel on my feeder in 6 months
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:26 PM   #28
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Spend the extra money on metal feeder with good varmint cages. Set some foot traps everytime you go out there.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:46 PM   #29
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You could try the wrapping mesh idea.

My experience with plastic barrels is once a little hole is formed, it's almost impossible to keep varmits from gnawing on that area. Patching it with just about anything won't work as they will rip it right off in no time.

What about buying a metal barrel and re-using the feeder timer and legs? I've done this with a couple feeders; couldn't use a 55 gallon barrel for the leg brackets I had, but they worked fine with a 35.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:03 PM   #30
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Like others have mentioned, PVC pipe works good.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:19 PM   #31
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Like others have mentioned, PVC pipe works good.
The pipe hanging from light chains works. I have taken the cages off to distribute corn better as long as cows are fence out. Otherwise keep the cages on. No issues with squirrels or coons for years

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Old 02-26-2018, 10:21 PM   #32
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Why anybody would ever believe anything Skinny says again blows my mind!


What I do?


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