If you want to avoid a sticky fat mixture, turn used cartons into seed holders.
About half way up the sides, cut large, square windows into each side of an orange juice or smoothie carton
Pierce a hole at the same height beneath opposite windows, making one pair of holes slightly lower than the other
Thread long, thin twigs through these holes to make the perches
Punch two more holes through the lip at the top of the carton to fasten string for hanging the feeder
Fill with a bird seed mix and Bob’s your uncle
There are a number of tricks you can try if you’d like to make things a little harder for greedy squirrels, depending on where you hang your feeders.
Feeder on a pole?
Try mixing chilli powder with Vaseline and smearing over the pole. The slippery mixture is difficult to grip, and squirrels won’t like the hot taste of the chilli they’ll need to clean from their fur. Mixing chilli with bird seed can also put them off but won’t bother the birds.
Feeder hanging from a washing line?
Thread short lengths of hose or plastic bottles on the line to either side. They’ll spin when a squirrel tries to scurry along them.
Feeder hanging down on a line?
Make your own squirrel baffle by punching a hole through the bottom of a plastic mixing bowl. Tie a knot in the string the feeder hangs from so that the bowl will sit inverted over the top.