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Backyard Squirrel Feeding Tips

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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 1:00 am | Updated: 4:31 am, Mon Nov 4, 2013.

(Family Features) Every bird lover knows that winter makes it difficult for wildlife to forage for food and many set out seeds for their beloved winged friends. Unfortunately, much of that pricey bird seed is often eaten up by other backyard critters - squirrels. 

Squirrels can jump 4 to 5 feet straight up into the air or hurdle themselves 8 to 10 feet between objects. Instead of investing in expensive squirrel-proof feeders that rarely work, it may be wiser to simply buy these furry creatures some cheaper eats. Inexpensive food options include dried corn, sunflower seeds, peanuts and nuts. All are favorite munchies of squirrels everywhere.

Squirrels are opportunistic feeders, which eat the closest and easiest source of food. So, set out a container of their favorite foods far away from your bird feeder.

No matter how much cash you save on food, you will want to invest in a sturdy, metal serving container. Squirrels are, after all, rodents and must continually chew to keep their teeth from growing too long. Plastic or wooden containers will quickly be destroyed by their incessant chewing. Be aware these bushy tailed beings also need a water source. Expect them to help themselves to bird baths or your dog's water bowl if you don't provide them with their own water source.

Whether you love watching squirrels munch their way through winter or simply want to keep them out of your birdfeeder, providing a smorgasbord of food for all creatures great and small will provide a beautiful view of Mother Nature outside your window.

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