Post # 1
I live in an apartment and have a cute little bird feeder on a cute little shephards hook so I can watch cute birds eat the birdseed.
I noticed that a chipmunk has been frequenting my birdfeeder, and he is so dang adorable that it didn’t bother me that he’s making a bit of a mess or stealing some of the seeds.
UNTIL TODAY. I filled the bird feeder this morning and just looked outside to see that it’s been completely emptied.
I’m a little upset. He wasn’t working that fast before…the feeder would still have seeds for at least 2 days.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has any cheap ideas on how to keep the little guy away from the feeder. He’s adorable, but I like the birds too.
Also, here’s a picture of the little guy (getting seeds he spilled on the ground), just so you can see how cute he is:
Post # 3
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
Sorry, I have no advice. However – so cute!!!
Post # 5
@MrsBroccoli: He is using the shephards hook metal. I don’t have vasoline, but I do have olive oil. I’ll try that trick, thanks!
@Button: I knowwww! I hate that he makes such a big mess and eats all of the seeds, because he’s so cute!
Last night while I was in bed I thought about this and realized that I could probably solve my problem if I were to hang the bird feeder from the porch above my window. Actually, I’m pretty positive it would work. I’ll try the olive oil first though and see if that solves it.
Post # 6
He’s way cuter than the squirrels that most people around here have issues with!
Post # 7
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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
What a cutie pie. His cheeks are so stuffed. Hahaha. Probably a hungry little guy.
Post # 9
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 # 10
Ok, I’m not even going to bother with with olive oil, I’m just going to hang it from the porch above my window.
I filled the feeder almost immediately before I had read your suggestions a hour ago and the feeder is now empty. 🙁 I just caught the little guy flinging all of the seeds everywhere and his cheeks were bigger than I’ve ever seen them. Grr.
Post # 11
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 # 12
:O He’s multiplied!
I now know why the seed was going so fast. They tricked me into thinking they were the same little guy.
Post # 13
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
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
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!)
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!
Post # 16
@KoiKove: I don’t mind them eating the seeds that fall on the ground, and after I put the bird feeder up I don’t think it’ll be a problem, but thanks for the advice. I’ll keep the hot red peppers in mind just incase these little guys figure out a way to empty the feeder after I move it. Haha
@teabiscuit: I know! A part of me really wants the little guys around because they’re so cute, but another part of me hates that the feeder is empty an hour after I’ve filled it. :/ Also, I thought the same thing when I snapped the picture! Hilarious!