It’s rare that you see a skinny squirrel. They are resourceful and can usually find enough to eat during all four seasons. The most industrious will risk life and limb to get at a morsel of anything if food is in short supply.
During inclement weather, squirrels have a nice fur coat to keep them warm, but if their food sources are buried under blankets of snow or layers of ice, they can get pretty frustrated. Even the nuts and seeds they’ve stored for the winter can become inaccessible in heavy snows. So, in cold months, your birdfeeders are more appealing (and more at risk of squirrel invasions) than ever.
Just like birds, squirrels stay warm and protected in nests they have built in hollow tree trunks or in the limbs and branches of tall trees. Sometimes, the elements destroy their nests, so they have to rebuild and they leave their old homes behind.
They bury food but they don’t find it again from memory. They have a great sense of smell and find food buried by other animals. Squirrels love to chew, and they will chew on nearly anything within their access, to keep their teeth sharp. They also have extremely sharp toenails that can shred skin, so don’t ever try to pick up a squirrel, even if he’s friendly. Squirrels are wildlife and make terrible pets, but if you keep a supply of food available, they’ll make your yard their regular dining spot.
Squirrels are extremely active and stay on the go all day, which means they need a constant food source. Primarily vegetarians, their diet consists mainly of fruits, buds, seeds, nuts, roots, pinecones, leaves, twigs and bark. Many types of squirrel feeders and squirrel food are available commercially, to keep squirrels happy and well-fed.
Providing squirrels their own food not only protects your birdfeeders, but it offers you a great show as they dine outside your windows. The Chair and Table Squirrel Feeder is an example of how to feed your squirrels in style. American-made, this handsome cedar wood feeder has a table that contains a spike for holding one ear of corn. Next to the table is a chair fit for a squirrel. Literally. Your happy diner will perch his or her squirrel butt on the seat and feast on corn as you are entertained by the animal’s adorable table manners.
The Chair and Table Squirrel Feeder can be attached to a tree or hung on a fence post. But make sure you affix it where the hungry squirrels will be within your clear view. Also, make sure you can reach it easily to maintain a steady food supply. Dried ear corn is an easy food to store and handle. Simply place one end on the spike to hold it in place, and replace the bare cob when the last kernel has been nibbled. Your furry dinner guests will not only be appreciative, but they’ll become regular visitors to your feeding spot, so you have constant wildlife to keep you in touch with nature even when you might not want to venture outside.