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Slinkys Make Great Squirrel Baffles

Credit: Video by spikelevi63

Did you know that you can use the ever-popular children’s toy, the Slinky, to keep squirrels from getting to your bird feeder?

Simply attach one end of the Slinky to the top of the pole and let the Slinky dangle down over it with the pole inside. When the squirrel tries to jump on the pole to reach the feeder, the Slinky will prevent it from doing so.

Do note that the interesting part of the video occurs within the first 35 seconds… and you can cut the sound if it annoys you.


Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

1 comment on “Slinkys Make Great Squirrel Baffles

  1. Thank you for the great idea and the chuckle first thing this morning. 🙂

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