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  • #5466
    verachuckdave
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    The mockingbirds are the biggest bullies in the yard!

    Susan
    Pennsylvania

    #5467
    Carol – Mid-Mo.
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    Agree with Tammy – Bluejays should not be able to get inside a 1 1/2″ opening.

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    Speaking of predators last night I was watching my new resident raccoon who has taken to my front porch. Those arms are LOOONG! I see how easy it would be for one to clean out a birdhouse!

    #5541
    tamsea
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    I’ve never looked at their arms. I’ll have to take notice next time I see one. A friend (facebook) had raccoons raid his purple martin gourds or housing. They climbed over a predator guard (5 ft long 6 ft wide PVC pipe but not wobbling) and bit off the heads of all his martins that didn’t scare off when it came up. It came several times and devastated that rack full of martins.

    Tammy

    #5554
    dogsandbirds
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    Yep. Wobbling is a very big deal.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #5556
    verachuckdave
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    I’ve never had a cylindrical raccoon baffle, just a wobbly cone-shaped squirrel baffle. Do you think I should switch to the cylinder style? Has anyone every used both by putting the raccoon baffle under the squirrel baffle, or is that over-kill?

    Susan
    Pennsylvania

    #5568
    dogsandbirds
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    These people don’t ship, but if you scroll down you can see the squirrel and raccoon baffles side by side. https://springfieldil.wbu.com/content/show/78111 The difference is huge. You don’t need to use both of them. What you need is the raccoon size baffle. It gets mounted very close to the bottom of the box. Raccoon baffles are about 8″ in diameter by 28″ long. Remember that it has to wobble.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #5571
    Lisa
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    And for me, snakes are my issue. A rat snake can climb that baffle in no time. It’s always something!

    #5572
    verachuckdave
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    So this kind isn’t good? This is the one I have and it’s wobbly. I tried to add a direct link, but it didn’t work. It’s on Amazon at this URL: https://www.amazon.com/Woodlink-NABAF18-Audubon-Squirrel-18-Inch/dp/B0010QD5QO/ref=pd_sim_86_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=G6E4450KY9MCVA5EJZTQ

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    Susan
    Pennsylvania

    #5578
    tamsea
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    It’s better than nothing Susan. But the cylinder stove pipe baffle is better. Here’s what Sialis says about them. “Raccoons have been known to get around metal cone guards on poles, even those that are 36″ in diameter.” “To be effective against raccoons, a conical baffle (also called a Jensen-Arndt or “coolie hat” coon guard) needs to be at least 3 feet in diameter. Note that even this size does not deter large snakes (over five feet long) well. Conical baffles may be harder to make, more expensive, and less effective than a stovepipe baffle, and sharp edges can be a problem around children and during monitoring. Some raccoons learn to get around them. However, they are probably the easiest baffle to put up when a nestbox is mounted on a wooden post.”

    Tammy

    #5579
    verachuckdave
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    Thanks for the advice. I will look into either buying or making the cylinder type this weekend.

    Susan
    Pennsylvania

    #5582
    dogsandbirds
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    I found a video of a raccoon getting around a baffle like yours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKQh08ZagQ He was up there eating seed in no time.

    Gin
    Atlanta, GA

    #5587
    Lisa
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    THat’s so scary!!!

    #5589
    Lisa
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    WBU.com has a wobbling raccoon baffle on their website. About to order. Will let you know how easy it is to install. I have their pole so that may make a difference.

    #5590
    Lisa
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    Gin’s video just scared me to pieces. I hope it works with the Krueger trap.

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