(Closed) Chipmunk problems

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Figure out how he’s getting up.  If there’s a way to move the feeder away from his climbing source, do that.  If he’s climing up the metal hook, then rub something oily on it… olive oil or vaseline.  With vaseline there’s less of a chance of him licking it lol.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

Sorry, I have no advice. However – so cute!!!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

He’s way cuter than the squirrels that most people around here have issues with!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

oh man he is so cute, with his cheeks stuffed and everything!!  no advice but it looks like you already got some, good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

What a cutie pie.  His cheeks are so stuffed.  Hahaha.  Probably a hungry little guy.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Either do the vasoline/olive oil or put like hot hot sauce out on the seed. It doesn’t hurt the birds but squirresls/chipmunks don’t like the taste of it. Or put moth balls around your feeder. They don’t like the smell of those

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We have adorable chipmunks here, but I think that the birds spill enough of the seed that he doesn’t feel the need to help himself.

We noticed the other day that it seems that mama chipmunk is leading baby chipmunks out to the edge of the yard in the mornings and then back toward the back of the house in the evenings.  It is really cute and funny to see her jumping out there followed by a tiny chipmunk then come back alone and back out with a follower again…several times each day.

They are adorable, but unfortunately they are distructive too….lots of holes in the yard and some damage in the garage as well.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

just a thought, this time of the year they may also be carrying a bunch of food back to feed lil ones. No suggestions, Im a sap so I would just keep feeding them :p

omg that pic of them together is sooo cute! The one looks like hes thinking “they caught is, run!!!! “

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

They sell bird food that has hot peppers (like the ones you put on pizza) in the food. Or you can buy cheap dollar store peppers and sprinkle them in. Like @Sassygrn:  says, the birds don’t have the hot recptors in their mouths, so thing like hot sauce and hot peppers don’t bother them. 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Obviously this would require investing more money but my dad owns a backyard birdfeeding store (Wild Birds Unlimited) so I have some insight into this kind of thing.

There is a company called Droll Yankees that sells squirrel proof feeders.  They are set off by the weight of the squirrel and keep them from getting at the food but birds are light enough that they can eat fine.  One model tilts the squirrel away from the food and another actually spins then off the feeder before they can eat (the videos of that are funny!)

http://www.amazon.com/Droll-Yankees-YCPT360-Yankee-Squirrel-Proof/dp/B000685628/ref=pd_sim_lg_7

http://www.amazon.com/Droll-Yankees-Flipper-Bird-Feeder/dp/B00004ZB4U

I would think a chipmunk would also be heavy enough to set either of these feeders off.

ETA: Here’s some videos for your entertainment!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbBxlGuEs9k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEW9TG6Dcgg

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