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In Reply to: RE: You need a lot of time on your hands but my invention is rewarding posted by kitch29 on March 12, 2017 at 20:59:02
I use something similar; a couple of purpose built baking sheet size pans, with a center post for attaching. I have two mounted 5 feet apart on a horizontal 2x4, mounted on top of a 4x4 post, all about 5.5 feet high. Squirrel cone on the post.
I'm out in the country, so bird feeding is pretty much a large volume enterprise. The local Farm and Fleet sells 50 lb bags of decent feed for $12-15, so it's bearable. I dump about 5 pounds of feed on each pan every morning. A lot falls on the ground as the finches scratch through it, so between the large pans and the ground fall, a lot of birds can be fed at once. And the squirrels, possums, raccoons, and sometimes deer get fed too without them getting in the pans.
We get the extended ecosystem too, with a small sharpshank hawk hanging out picking off birds, and a fox picking off squirrels. The fox is so brazen, he naps in the middle of the lawn, looking up at the feeder occasionally to see if his breakfast has arrived yet.
they whittle down a population to a certain point within a portion of their territory, then leave for another area and let the survivors multiply.
In another 2-3 years, rinse and repeat.
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