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May 11, 2010

Raccoons Busted My Birdfeeder


You can't blame the lady raccoons in the neighborhood; they're nursing and they're ravenous.  So they have a springtime habit of destroying bird feeders to pillage the seedy offerings within. 

Rather than replace this unit I fixed it with my new answer to everything - Sugru, a silicone rubber 'putty' that can be formed by hand and cures at room temperature in a few hours to a waterproof, heat resistant, UV resistant and even dishwasher-proof resilience.



(Do not confuse curious garden slugs with your pliable hunks of Sugru)

The finished repair with new Sugru armor and an improvised lilac twig to replace the missing perch.  The feeder is back in the tree now where the repair is performing beautifully under repeated assaults.

Bonus Repair:  I had a little Sugru leftover so I fixed Daniel's glasses, which had lost one of their rubber end caps.  Nicer than duct tape, eh?

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I wonder if you can mix Sugru with Tabasco to prevent future gnawing.

On the other hand, if you use more conventional raccoon control, my LL Bean cookbook has recipes for raccoon and raccoon head wear could make a comeback.


so how do you keep raccoons from enterin your bird feeder?


Wow Michael, that is some hella cookbook you got there. Love your Tabasco idea, might extend the curing time a little, but worth it for the expression on the raccoon's face.



Well the lower 48 are being over run by Mexican raccoons, so the fix doesn't work here. I just hope Napolitano can keep Canada safe.

I almost hit a raccoon the other day as it jumped out of a Chipotle's trash can with burrito left overs.

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