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Old 22-05-2003, 11:44 PM
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any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
emptying the feeders every nite.

thanks - jim



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Old 23-05-2003, 05:56 AM
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get a squirrel-proof feeder ... ? mine definitely thwarts squirrels'
efforts--maybe it would work with raccoons, too ... ?

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Old 23-05-2003, 12:33 PM
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If you do get the squirrel proof feeder, be sure to "secure" the lid latch with
a twist-tie or similar wire. Our racoon population figured out how to open our
squirrel proof feeder, then proceed to gorge themselves as well as scoop the
seeds out onto the ground for the squirrels. I've actually seen the racoons
sitting inside the feeder stuffing themselves. Smart critters...


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any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
emptying the feeders every nite.

If they are just getting in it by climbing the pole, then one of those
baffles may work. They cost about 20 bucks and come in varying
diameters.

thanks - jim




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Old 23-05-2003, 06:20 PM
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My squirrel-proof feeder was no match for a racoon, it's a mangled metal
mess.
Eileen

Patskywriter wrote:

get a squirrel-proof feeder ... ? mine definitely thwarts squirrels'
efforts--maybe it would work with raccoons, too ... ?

pat




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Old 23-05-2003, 06:32 PM
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I split and wrapped a piece of plastic pipe around the pole. The raccoons
can't get a grip and just slide down it. If u don't have pipe get one of
those plastic covers for a shower curtain rod. They are cheap and work
great. Or get one of those protectors the phone company wraps around their
cables that go on the guide lines. Any smooth piece of plastic will
work.......But soft rubber lets them grip on and thus getting to the
feeders.......
Hope this helps someone....
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any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
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thanks - jim




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Old 23-05-2003, 07:56 PM
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jim wheeler wrote:
any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
emptying the feeders every nite.


We were told to try mixing capsacin (the element in hot peppers that
make them hot) in with our bird seed to discourage squirrels. We did
some research on it first and found that it does appear to be true that
birds do no have receptors for capsacin so they do not notice it.
However, the squirrels sure do as I bet raccoons would also.

We haven't been using pure capsacin just mixing powdered cayenne in with
the bird seed.

Susan
shsimko at duke dot edu

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Old 24-05-2003, 01:32 PM
jim wheeler
 
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many thanks for all the good suggestions. we are currently using a squirrel
proof feeder but ole Rocky sits on top and with his long arms he can scoop
out the feed without tipping the door shut.

cheers, jim


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jim wheeler wrote:
any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
emptying the feeders every nite.


We were told to try mixing capsacin (the element in hot peppers that
make them hot) in with our bird seed to discourage squirrels. We did
some research on it first and found that it does appear to be true that
birds do no have receptors for capsacin so they do not notice it.
However, the squirrels sure do as I bet raccoons would also.

We haven't been using pure capsacin just mixing powdered cayenne in with
the bird seed.

Susan
shsimko at duke dot edu



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Old 16-06-2003, 07:05 PM
Marcy Hege
 
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Default racoons on top of bird feeder

If you do get the squirrel proof feeder, be sure to "secure" the lid latch with
a twist-tie or similar wire. Our racoon population figured out how to open our
squirrel proof feeder, then proceed to gorge themselves as well as scoop the
seeds out onto the ground for the squirrels. I've actually seen the racoons
sitting inside the feeder stuffing themselves. Smart critters...


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Old 16-06-2003, 07:05 PM
Eileen Gregory
 
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My squirrel-proof feeder was no match for a racoon, it's a mangled metal
mess.
Eileen

Patskywriter wrote:

get a squirrel-proof feeder ... ? mine definitely thwarts squirrels'
efforts--maybe it would work with raccoons, too ... ?

pat




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Old 16-06-2003, 07:05 PM
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I split and wrapped a piece of plastic pipe around the pole. The raccoons
can't get a grip and just slide down it. If u don't have pipe get one of
those plastic covers for a shower curtain rod. They are cheap and work
great. Or get one of those protectors the phone company wraps around their
cables that go on the guide lines. Any smooth piece of plastic will
work.......But soft rubber lets them grip on and thus getting to the
feeders.......
Hope this helps someone....
"jim wheeler" wrote in message
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any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
emptying the feeders every nite.

thanks - jim




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Old 16-06-2003, 07:05 PM
Susan H. Simko
 
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jim wheeler wrote:
any suggestions on keeping racoons off the top of a bird feeder? keeps
emptying the feeders every nite.


We were told to try mixing capsacin (the element in hot peppers that
make them hot) in with our bird seed to discourage squirrels. We did
some research on it first and found that it does appear to be true that
birds do no have receptors for capsacin so they do not notice it.
However, the squirrels sure do as I bet raccoons would also.

We haven't been using pure capsacin just mixing powdered cayenne in with
the bird seed.

Susan
shsimko at duke dot edu



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