Monday, December 14, 2009

Things that work

In today's world of scams and miracle claims and cheaply-made, imported crap, it's great to find products that actually do what they claim they do.

I figure they're worth mentioning, so I will...from time to time.

  • Squirrel Be Gone Bird Feeder
  • works.

    We love feeding the birds in the winter. And, while the squirrels are fun to watch, they can clean out a bird feeder faster than
  • Jim-Bob's
  • family at an all you can eat buffet.

    The little bastards can chew through heavy plastic, bend metal and in general, figure out a way to get into just about anything if they think there's food in it. Smart little buggers. Squirrels, I mean. Not Jim-Bob's family. heh

    After throwing away a multitude of chewed up, bent and otherwise squirrel-damaged bird feeders, we finally discovered one that really keeps 'em stymied.

    The design is crazy-simple. When a fat-ass squirrel tries to climb up on it, the spring-loaded metal casing slides down over the holes sealing 'em shut. Birds aren't heavy enough to trigger the springs, so they can feed without a problem.

    And it seems that once the squirrels figure out that they can't filch the food, they stop trying. Mostly.

    I have a couple of photos of a stymied squirrel...unfortunately, after playing with my template over the weekend, I've somehow lost my "Post a Photo" ability.

    Fuck. Back to the drawing board.

    Thank gawd for Blogger forums. A simple switch back to "old editor" fixed the photo problem.



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