I thought I had finally found the ultimate solution to keep the squirrels at bay. A fence charger wired to the feeder. It was quite effective. However in August I powered it down when some children were visiting to pick peaches. It seemed unseemly to shock small children.
I made the mistake of leaving the charger unplugged. After returning from some chores I noticed the top arm of my feeder "tree" was bent and a feeder was missing. The unmistakable signs of a bear visit.
The bear had visited before, a regular traveler along the Fox Farm corridor, stopping at the feeders having a quick snack. I know the shocker had worked before, one time I found it on the ground as if the bear had knocked it over in disgust. It's designed for horse size animals and is more than adequate for bears and probably a little too adequate for the squirrels.
Needless to say, power is restored. I've seen the film Jurassic Park, I know what mayhem occurs when the electric fence is powered off.
|Cute little bugger, isn't he?|
|One of my early attempts. However the squirrels managed to run over this unscathed.|
I noticed they were wearing rubber boots.
|My trusty Zareba, good for 20 acres!|
The copper "roof" is battered from annoyed diners who don't like to be shocked.
|My ugly bird feeder "telephone pole"|
The bear managed to bend the angle iron while pulling down the feeder.
I found it later, with the top ripped off.