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(Msg. 1) Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:46 pm
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I put a corn cob in a cage out for the squirrels, away from my bird feeders.
It's been 4 days and the squirrels haven't touched it.
We moved it closer to my feeders and nothing.
So this morning I took out a fresh corn cob and put it right under the
feeder
and not in a cage. And the squirrels came and walked right over it!
They kept coming back and walking right over the corn
I guess it was out there for about 2 hrs. then, we looked out
and it was gone and the squirrels came back!
So now I really don't know what to do.
I guess I'll just have to buy more bird food and feed the squirrels too.

Donna/N.C.

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:25 pm
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On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 12:46:11 -0700, "dyork"
wrote:

>I put a corn cob in a cage out for the squirrels, away from my bird feeders.
>It's been 4 days and the squirrels haven't touched it.
>We moved it closer to my feeders and nothing.
>So this morning I took out a fresh corn cob and put it right under the
>feeder
>and not in a cage. And the squirrels came and walked right over it!
>They kept coming back and walking right over the corn
>I guess it was out there for about 2 hrs. then, we looked out
>and it was gone and the squirrels came back!
>So now I really don't know what to do.
>I guess I'll just have to buy more bird food and feed the squirrels too.

Hi Donna,

Give it some time. It sounds like your squirrels haven't
seen corn before and don't recognize it as a food source. If
and when they do start eating it they will run off with a
whole ear, but may not eat it all. I keep an ear stuck down
on top of a stick (nail in the top) to keep this from
happening. They have to reach up (12-16 inches) and pick off
a kernel each time. One of the smarty pants sits on top
sometimes with his/her chest on top of the ear and their
hind legs wrapped around the ear.

I think you need better educated squirrels :)

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:28 pm
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>I put a corn cob in a cage out for the squirrels, away from my bird
>feeders.
> It's been 4 days and the squirrels haven't touched it.
> We moved it closer to my feeders and nothing.
> So this morning I took out a fresh corn cob and put it right under the
> feeder
> and not in a cage. And the squirrels came and walked right over it!
> They kept coming back and walking right over the corn
> I guess it was out there for about 2 hrs. then, we looked out
> and it was gone and the squirrels came back!
> So now I really don't know what to do.
> I guess I'll just have to buy more bird food and feed the squirrels too.
>
> Donna/N.C.
I think I see the problem. The "corn cob" is what is left when all of the
corn is gone off it.
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:59 pm
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Leon Fisk wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 12:46:11 -0700, "dyork"
> wrote:
>
>> I put a corn cob in a cage out for the squirrels, away from my bird feeders.
>> It's been 4 days and the squirrels haven't touched it.
>> We moved it closer to my feeders and nothing.
>> So this morning I took out a fresh corn cob and put it right under the
>> feeder
>> and not in a cage. And the squirrels came and walked right over it!
>> They kept coming back and walking right over the corn
>> I guess it was out there for about 2 hrs. then, we looked out
>> and it was gone and the squirrels came back!
>> So now I really don't know what to do.
>> I guess I'll just have to buy more bird food and feed the squirrels too.
>
> Hi Donna,
>
> Give it some time. It sounds like your squirrels haven't
> seen corn before and don't recognize it as a food source. If
> and when they do start eating it they will run off with a
> whole ear, but may not eat it all. I keep an ear stuck down
> on top of a stick (nail in the top) to keep this from
> happening. They have to reach up (12-16 inches) and pick off
> a kernel each time. One of the smarty pants sits on top
> sometimes with his/her chest on top of the ear and their
> hind legs wrapped around the ear.
>
> I think you need better educated squirrels :)
>
You could make or buy a corn cob feeder. It is really nothing more than
two pieces of wood but at a right angle to each other and then a pole
barn nail is hammered through the bottom board. Just jam the corn cob
on the nail--squirrels go crazy over it.

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Rick
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:22 pm
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Maybe I better clarify what I was talking about.
I meant an ear of corn, not a corn "cob".
I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote this.
Oh well....I meant an ear of corn.
I wish I had seen a corn cob, that would have meant that my squirrels were
eating the corn!
No such luck!

Sorry for the confusion!


"3Putt from CoastalSouth Carolina" wrote in message

>
> "dyork" wrote in message
>
>>I put a corn cob in a cage out for the squirrels, away from my bird
>>feeders.
>> It's been 4 days and the squirrels haven't touched it.
>> We moved it closer to my feeders and nothing.
>> So this morning I took out a fresh corn cob and put it right under the
>> feeder
>> and not in a cage. And the squirrels came and walked right over it!
>> They kept coming back and walking right over the corn
>> I guess it was out there for about 2 hrs. then, we looked out
>> and it was gone and the squirrels came back!
>> So now I really don't know what to do.
>> I guess I'll just have to buy more bird food and feed the squirrels too.
>>
>> Donna/N.C.
> I think I see the problem. The "corn cob" is what is left when all of the
> corn is gone off it.
>
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(Msg. 6) Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:29 pm
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Let me understand how you do this.
You put a stick in the ground and you put a piece of corn sideways on the
top of the stick, then you put a nail in the top through the ear of corn, to
keep them from puling it off.
Am I right?



"Leon Fisk" wrote in message

> On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 12:46:11 -0700, "dyork"
> wrote:
>
>>I put a corn cob in a cage out for the squirrels, away from my bird
>>feeders.
>>It's been 4 days and the squirrels haven't touched it.
>>We moved it closer to my feeders and nothing.
>>So this morning I took out a fresh corn cob and put it right under the
>>feeder
>>and not in a cage. And the squirrels came and walked right over it!
>>They kept coming back and walking right over the corn
>>I guess it was out there for about 2 hrs. then, we looked out
>>and it was gone and the squirrels came back!
>>So now I really don't know what to do.
>>I guess I'll just have to buy more bird food and feed the squirrels too.
>
> Hi Donna,
>
> Give it some time. It sounds like your squirrels haven't
> seen corn before and don't recognize it as a food source. If
> and when they do start eating it they will run off with a
> whole ear, but may not eat it all. I keep an ear stuck down
> on top of a stick (nail in the top) to keep this from
> happening. They have to reach up (12-16 inches) and pick off
> a kernel each time. One of the smarty pants sits on top
> sometimes with his/her chest on top of the ear and their
> hind legs wrapped around the ear.
>
> I think you need better educated squirrels :)
>
> --
> Leon Fisk
> Grand Rapids MI/Zone 5b
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:20 pm
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On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:29:02 -0700, "dyork"
wrote:

>Let me understand how you do this.
>You put a stick in the ground and you put a piece of corn sideways on the
>top of the stick, then you put a nail in the top through the ear of corn, to
>keep them from puling it off.
>Am I right?

Nah, not that complicated :)

Find something the size of an old broomstick (which is what
I happen to be using). Pound a nail into what will be the
top lengthwise. Cut the head off the nail so it is somewhat
pointed on top. It doesn't have to be really sharp. Push an
ear of corn on top of this lengthwise. Use a fixed width
font to view this poor diagram:

X
X <-- corn
X
| <-- nail
M
M
M
M
M <-- old broom handle
M
M
M
M

The squirrels could easily pull the ear off the nail but
they haven't yet and I've been using this setup for years.

I'll take some pictures if you're still unsure. Just make it
high enough off the ground so they have to work at it a
little. Stretch those muscles, now relax and chew. Repeat...

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(Msg. 8) Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:27 pm
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On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:22:07 -0700, "dyork"
wrote:

>Maybe I better clarify what I was talking about.
>I meant an ear of corn, not a corn "cob".
>I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote this.
>Oh well....I meant an ear of corn.
>I wish I had seen a corn cob, that would have meant that my squirrels were
>eating the corn!
>No such luck!
>
>Sorry for the confusion!

No confusion, 3Putt is just pulling your chain a little :)

Check out the lower branches in trees close by, top of
anything like a fence post or any other spot they could feel
safe. They spots that are several feet off the ground to
munch on their finds. They usually don't go too far away
with it.

When I used to hunt them, spotting ear corn, cobs, husks and
such in unusual places was a good sign that squirrels were
in the area.

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(Msg. 9) Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:25 pm
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Leon Fisk wrote:
> On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:29:02 -0700, "dyork"
> wrote:
>
>> Let me understand how you do this.
>> You put a stick in the ground and you put a piece of corn sideways on the
>> top of the stick, then you put a nail in the top through the ear of corn, to
>> keep them from puling it off.
>> Am I right?
>
> Nah, not that complicated :)
>
> Find something the size of an old broomstick (which is what
> I happen to be using). Pound a nail into what will be the
> top lengthwise. Cut the head off the nail so it is somewhat
> pointed on top. It doesn't have to be really sharp. Push an
> ear of corn on top of this lengthwise. Use a fixed width
> font to view this poor diagram:
>
> X
> X <-- corn
> X
> | <-- nail
> M
> M
> M
> M
> M <-- old broom handle
> M
> M
> M
> M
>
> The squirrels could easily pull the ear off the nail but
> they haven't yet and I've been using this setup for years.
>
> I'll take some pictures if you're still unsure. Just make it
> high enough off the ground so they have to work at it a
> little. Stretch those muscles, now relax and chew. Repeat...
>
good idea. How do you anchor the broomstick?

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(Msg. 10) Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:30 pm
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Leon Fisk wrote:


: X
: X <-- corn
: X
: | <-- nail
: M
: M
: M
: M
: M <-- old broom handle
: M
: M
: M
: M

Complete newbie here, so please be patient. Why is it necessary to do
this, why won't they eat corn lying on the ground?
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(Msg. 11) Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:14 am
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RPS wrote:
> Leon Fisk wrote:
>
>
> : X
> : X <-- corn
> : X
> : | <-- nail
> : M
> : M
> : M
> : M
> : M <-- old broom handle
> : M
> : M
> : M
> : M
>
> Complete newbie here, so please be patient. Why is it necessary to do
> this, why won't they eat corn lying on the ground?
I found that they would carry the cob away.

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(Msg. 12) Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:56 pm
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On Sat, 14 Jul 2007 14:25:52 -0500, Rick
wrote:

>Leon Fisk wrote:
>> On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:29:02 -0700, "dyork"
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Let me understand how you do this.
>>> You put a stick in the ground and you put a piece of corn sideways on the
>>> top of the stick, then you put a nail in the top through the ear of corn, to
>>> keep them from puling it off.
>>> Am I right?
>>
>> Nah, not that complicated :)
>>
>> Find something the size of an old broomstick (which is what
>> I happen to be using). Pound a nail into what will be the
>> top lengthwise. Cut the head off the nail so it is somewhat
>> pointed on top. It doesn't have to be really sharp. Push an
>> ear of corn on top of this lengthwise. Use a fixed width
>> font to view this poor diagram:
>>
>> X
>> X <-- corn
>> X
>> | <-- nail
>> M
>> M
>> M
>> M
>> M <-- old broom handle
>> M
>> M
>> M
>> M
>>
>> The squirrels could easily pull the ear off the nail but
>> they haven't yet and I've been using this setup for years.
>>
>> I'll take some pictures if you're still unsure. Just make it
>> high enough off the ground so they have to work at it a
>> little. Stretch those muscles, now relax and chew. Repeat...
>>
>good idea. How do you anchor the broomstick?

Mine is set up underneath a large spruce tree. The
broomstick is just pushed into the ground maybe 4-10 inches.
Eventually it will rot, usually takes a year or two and then
you can start over with another one. They don't seem to be
too expensive :)

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(Msg. 13) Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:00 pm
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On Sun, 15 Jul 2007 20:14:29 -0500, Rick
wrote:

>RPS wrote:
>> Leon Fisk wrote:
>>
>>
>> : X
>> : X <-- corn
>> : X
>> : | <-- nail
>> : M
>> : M
>> : M
>> : M
>> : M <-- old broom handle
>> : M
>> : M
>> : M
>> : M
>>
>> Complete newbie here, so please be patient. Why is it necessary to do
>> this, why won't they eat corn lying on the ground?

>I found that they would carry the cob away.

EXACTLY what happens :)

They would rather eat the corn at their place and not yours.
The whole point to feeding the birds, squirrels, critters...
is so you can see/watch them at your convenience.

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(Msg. 14) Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:04 pm
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Leon - I feel like you will think my brain is dead if I ask you this
question, but I'm going to anyway. it's not really a question.
On the diagram, I still don't understand how you get the nail to stand
straight up on top of a broom stick.
Unless you start with putting the nail in on the side and then nail upwards.
It's got to be a huge nail for them not to knock it off.
I'm really not brain dead! LOL


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> On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:29:02 -0700, "dyork"
> wrote:
>
>>Let me understand how you do this.
>>You put a stick in the ground and you put a piece of corn sideways on the
>>top of the stick, then you put a nail in the top through the ear of corn,
>>to
>>keep them from puling it off.
>>Am I right?
>
> Nah, not that complicated :)
>
> Find something the size of an old broomstick (which is what
> I happen to be using). Pound a nail into what will be the
> top lengthwise. Cut the head off the nail so it is somewhat
> pointed on top. It doesn't have to be really sharp. Push an
> ear of corn on top of this lengthwise. Use a fixed width
> font to view this poor diagram:
>
> X
> X <-- corn
> X
> | <-- nail
> M
> M
> M
> M
> M <-- old broom handle
> M
> M
> M
> M
>
> The squirrels could easily pull the ear off the nail but
> they haven't yet and I've been using this setup for years.
>
> I'll take some pictures if you're still unsure. Just make it
> high enough off the ground so they have to work at it a
> little. Stretch those muscles, now relax and chew. Repeat...
>
> --
> Leon Fisk
> Grand Rapids MI/Zone 5b
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(Msg. 15) Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:07 pm
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On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 15:04:05 -0700, "dyork"
wrote:

>Leon - I feel like you will think my brain is dead if I ask you this
>question, but I'm going to anyway. it's not really a question.
>On the diagram, I still don't understand how you get the nail to stand
>straight up on top of a broom stick.
>Unless you start with putting the nail in on the side and then nail upwards.
>It's got to be a huge nail for them not to knock it off.
>I'm really not brain dead! LOL

It isn't your fault but mine for assuming that everyone has
a shop full of tools...

What I do is cut the old broom handle to the length I want
to use. Figure maybe 4-10 inches poked into the ground
(depends on your type of soil and how strong you are) and
another 12-16 inches above the ground. So you need a stick
that is about 24 inches long. Now take a nail that is 8d-16d
(3 to 4 inches long) and pound it in an inch or so (2-3
inches still exposed). Now the tricky/tool part. Cut the
head off the nail (bolt cutter, heavy diagonal cutter,
hacksaw, grinder, dremel and yes I have all of those and
more ways...).

If you are feeling really fancy grind/file a point on the
freshly cut nail top. Ear corn/cobs are usually relatively
soft in the middle and not too hard to push down on top of
the nail. Just be careful when you poke it in the ground,
don't poke yourself. I usually leave an old empty cob parked
on top until I have a full one to replace it with.

You can always just put in a nail someplace else convenient
and skip the whole broom handle part. A nail at a slight
angle with its head cut off in an old tree stump, post...
works too. You just want something that will stop the
squirrels from running off with the whole cob.

You can always stop by my house. I'll gladly make one for
you. Most likely it isn't worth the drive though :)

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