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Saturday, January 7, 2017

How to get a suction cup to stick

Fox Squirrels are the fattest tree squirrel in Michigan

Little Red Squirrel rumps,
while not exactly welcome, don't tumble a feeder
The fox squirrels and I have an agreement. They knock on the door, I toss them a handful of Wild Birds Unlimited No-mess blend “bird” seed. In return they’ll keep their chunky little selves off my window feeder. Unfortunately yesterday was quite busy. One fox squirrel knocked on the door. I signaled to him that I would just be a minute. However, I must need a course on squirrel communication because the next thing I know the window feeder is hanging by one of the three suction cups and a squirrel is sprawled on the window sill giving me an accusatory look that said, “I thought we had a deal!”

I tried to just push the suction cups back up but they were shot. I tossed the squirrel the rest of the food in the feeder and brought the feeder in for a thorough cleaning. To get the suction cups to re-stick I have a couple tricks.

How to get your window feeder to stick
1. Wash feeder - I washed the feeder and gave it a good scrub.
2. Suction cups in hot water - I put a shallow dish of water in the microwave for 1 minute, opened the door and placed the suction cups in the hot water for a couple minutes. This will help “reset” the plastic and make it more flexible.
3. Wash Window - Then I washed the window while waiting for the suction cups to become more elastic. Any grit on the suction cup or window will interfere with the seal.
4. Warm Window - Suction cups adhere better to warm windows. As the weather turns colder you will have to wait until the sun hits the window or use a hair drier to warm the glass.
5. Grease cups - Next I dried the suction cups and wiped a little vegetable oil over the suction cup and wiped it off. Don't use water to stick the feeder to the window. It will just pop off when the water freezes and thaws. Push the suction cups against the window and force out any air bubbles behind the cup.
6. Wait before filling - I let the suction cup part of the feeder rest for an hour before I refilled the feeder with seed.

Today the feeder is full of birds! Window feeders are super fun and make it easy to observe birds up close. Right after my little incident happened a school called with the same problem of not being able to get the window feeder to stick. So I decided to share my experience. https://youtu.be/l5gvoF1Id78

Related Articles:
Squirrel comes a knocking http://squirrel-at-door.html
Which seeds are preferred by wild birds? http://bit.ly/tZKjjf
Close-up of oriole at the window feeder: http://bit.ly/rIMsv2
Hummingbirds at the window: http://bit.ly/s5Y3WJ
What says eh-eh, yank-yank? http://bit.ly/vvh2lm
A window feeder entertains indoor cats http://window-feeder-is-best.html

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