Top positive review
Brilliant invention which I thoroughly enjoyed as a child and had hoped to find a new use for as an adult. SQUIRREL DETERRENT.
on 4 September 2017
I used to love this gadget as a child and watched in awe as it slunk down the stairs of its own accord.
Now in my fifties, it came to me, in a light bulb moment, that it could be used to deter squirrels climbing up my cast iron bird feeding pole. Brilliant! I'd tried everything else to deter the little blighters, to no avail.
The purchase was made and delivered promptly. It did take me ages feeding the slinky down the pole (my bird feeder has two legs so I couldn't just feed it straight up). I then sat back and watched in glee whilst the baffled squirrels bounced and boinged in their attempts to get to the bird food. Gotcha, I thought smuggly.
I think it was day three when I looked out to see one of the little critters balancing on the feeder itself, taking bird food. There was another squirrel on the ground at the time and the general consensus was that one had held down the bottom of the slinky at ground level whilst the other jumped onto the pole whilst slinky rings were static.
However, I now have video evidence that the squirrel got the slinky bouncing, watched it and timed it perfectly to be able to jump and gain purchase on the pole between slinky rings before co-ordinating that with an almost instantaneous jump onto the feeder. They are thugs but you can't help but applaud their ingenuity.
Back to the product itself. I can't fault it. It didn't rust whilst in the garden and I can always unfeed it off the bird feeding pole and watch it slink down the stairs again...