How do I keep squirrels from climbing on my bird feeder?

Question by K8lyn: How do I keep squirrels from climbing on my bird feeder?
We live in a second floor apartment and the bird feeder hangs off our balcony railing, so it’s hard for us to prevent them from climbing. They scare the birds away and are breaking my birdfeeders. Any help would be appreciated.

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Answer by warren914
Ships have conical shape things on their ropes to keep rats from climbing aboard. Something similar could be used against the squirrels. We have a vertical post with birdfeeder at the top. Squirrels used to climb the pole until I put an empty apple juice can on the pole. They can’t reach around enough of the can to get a proper grip. Our other bird feeder is on the clothesline. We keep it about 15 feet from the house and about 12 feet from the ground. They haven’t figured a way to climb to that one yet.

The apple juice can didn’t stop a black bear, he just pushed the whole thing down. It also sat underneath the clothesline feeder and ate seeds from the ground…

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How do I keep squirrels from climbing on my bird feeder?

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