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Richard Lorentzen's bird feeders are popular with winter breeds of birds such as black capped chickadees, nuthatches, bluebirds and woodpeckers. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Bird enthusiast invents squirrel-proof feeder

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When Audrey Lorentzen got sick and tired of raccoons raiding her suet feeders every night, a short honey-do list was hatched.

Make me a better birdfeeder, she told husband Richard.

The rural Laporte man retreated to his barn workshop and fashioned a critter-proof feeder.

As with all good ideas, a cottage industry was born, called Chickadee Farm. Friends and relatives were his first customers. Demand was outpacing supply, Richard quickly learned.

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