This is our squirrel-proof bird feeder. My husband built it out of recycled wood, plastic roofing, and screws, so it didn’t cost us a penny… and it is the best bird feeder we have ever had.

Now we can put food out for the birds and know the birds are actually going to get it. All the other “squirrel-proof” feeders and squirrel guards we have purchased have always failed miserably at keeping the squirrels away. I wouldn’t even mind if the squirrels would eat the food and leave, but these squirrels ruin any feeder they get into. The last straw was finding the new redwood feeders we had been given as a gift lying on the ground chewed beyond repair.

We have had this homemade feeder up for three months now, and the squirrels still have not managed to get into the feeding tray. They keep trying, but the screws that hold the plastic onto the feeding tray are so close together they can’t squeeze through, and the plastic is too slippery for the squirrels to climb… so they keep climbing the pole and trying to figure out how to get to the food, and when they find they can’t do it, they go back down the pole and eat the seeds and corn we have left for them on the ground.