How to help the parakeets but stop the squirrels Nov 28, 2018 14:50:14 GMT
Post by Tringa on Nov 28, 2018 14:50:14 GMT
Although this questions isn't about gardening for wildlife its about feeding wildlife so I thought it was best in this section.
We have one seed feeder protected by a cage which has stopped the squirrels eating all the seed and destroying the feeder.
However the gaps in the cage are a bit too small to allow the GSWs to feed easily. They can get some food but don't bother most of the time. The parakeets can't feed at all from this feeder as they are too big.
I bought one of these -
- which also stops the squirrels from feeding, but allows the GSWs to feed. Unfortunately the parakeets can't use it. I think it is a combination of being too heavy and also the bill shape. Even if their weight did not close the feeding ports I don't think their parrot bill could get into the feeding port the way a pointy bill does.
At present I use an old wire mesh peanut feeder which the parakeets use, but so do the squirrels. The squirrels drive birds off the feeder, eat the nuts very quickly and break holes in the mesh.
I thought about getting one of these -
but they are quite expensive and some online reviews are not good.
I've tried putting peanuts on the shed roof to encourage the squirrels to feed there. It works a treat, the squirrels eat all those nuts and then move on the mesh feeder and eat the nuts there too!
Has anyone used one of these feeders? Any other suggestions would also be welcomed.