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Squirrel proof bird feeders are a Godsend! Feeding wild birds in your garden can be an extremely relaxing and rewarding hobby but if you don’t have a squirrel proof bird feeder you’re probably losing a lot of your wild bird food to squirrels, which can become annoying and frustrating.
The best bird foods are also very attractive to squirrels and, unlike birds which are usually quite happy to share the feed with other visitors, squirrels are likely to chase the birds away and eat all the food themselves. I know from personal experience how having squirrels doing this can turn you into something of an obsessive maniac, sitting watching the bird food for hours and rushing out like a mad person, arms flailing, to chase away the squirrels each time they appear!
What makes it even worse is the ingenuity of the squirrels as anyone who has ever tried to outwit them will know. They have a seemingly insatiable appetite and are blessed with the cunning and physical attributes to overcome any obstacles we put in their way, making it extremely difficult to stop them. They will also stop at nothing to get to the food, chewing and clawing at anything that gets in their way, probably destroying your feeder in the process.
That’s where the squirrel proof bird feeders come in. These are specialist feeders designed to protect your feed from large birds and squirrels, allowing the small birds to feed in peace. And allowing you to relax in peace knowing no pesky rodents are stealing your feed!
- 1 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
- 2 Reviews Of The Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
- 3 How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Regular Bird Feeder
- 4 How To Get The Most Enjoyment From Your Bird Feeders
- 5 Summary
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
There are a variety of squirrel proof bird feeders available. Some offer complete protection against squirrels using a variety of ingenious design techniques while others merely offer resistance against damage (as well as stealing all your bird feed, squirrels are also likely to destroy your feeder given the chance) but do still allow access to food.
Before buying a squirrel proof bird feeder there are a number of things you should take into consideration. Firstly, you should consider the bird species that are native to your area and make sure you buy a feeder that is designed for those species.
It is also a good idea to think about putting out multiple different types of feeders – one for each type of bird. In this way, each species will be able to feed without having to fight over the seed with the others and you can put the appropriate food in each feeder – for example, you could have a dedicated hummingbird feeder filled with nectar.
And don’t forget to take into consideration where you live and where you are planning to locate your feeder. The feeder you buy must be robust enough to withstand the worst of the weather in your area and still keep the seed dry.
Finally, you can also consider adding a special squirrel feeder to try and stop them breaking into your bird feeders and stealing all the food.
Below I take a look at some of the most popular and best squirrel proof bird feeders available today.
Reviews Of The Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder
This best-selling squirrel proof bird feeder uses an ingenious mechanism whereby the weight of the squirrel closes the access to the seed. The birds access the seed through holes at the bottom but when a squirrel climbs on it, its weight forces the shroud down which covers the access holes. This prevents the squirrel from getting to the seed without harming the squirrel. The weight required to close the access is fully adjustable.The feeder is very robust and durable and has a huge capacity, holding 3 quarts of bird seed, which means you don’t have to fill it as often. It’s also very easy to clean as it’s dishwasher-safe.
Click here for our in-depth review.
Perky-Pet 338 Squirrel-Be-Gone II Country House Bird Feeder With Weathervane
- All metal construction with removable roof peak
- Can be hung or pole mounted
- Recommended seed: Mixed, Black oil sunflower, Hulled sunflower, Safflower
This charming little house-shaped bird feeder will attract a wide range of backyard bird, including cardinals, jays and grackles.
It works by way of a spring-mechanism on the part of the feeder that holds the bird feed. When a squirrel attempts to get the food, the weight of the squirrel forces the feeder shut preventing them gaining access. The springs are even adjustable so you can not only keep away squirrels but also any larger birds you don’t want to appear.
Not only is this a very effective squirrel proof bird feeder, it’s also an attractive addition to any backyard.
Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Bird Feeder 312C
- Evenseed technology uses two separate compartments so ports stay active longer
- Sure Lock cap locks lid in place to keep squirrels out
- Circular perch and seed tray offers 360 degree feeding on both tiers
- Decorative antique copper finish looks great anywhere
- Holds up to 4.5 pounds of black oil sunflower seed, peanuts, a fruit and nut blend, or mixed seed
This beautifully stylish feeder has a copper finish. While it’s not 100% squirrel proof, it does have a locking mechanism to ensure the lid stays on.It also has a mechanism where the seed stops dispensing once the tray is full, so preventing you losing all your seed onto the ground.
The feeder is easy to fill and clean and the design allows birds to feed from multiple angles.
Brome 1015 Squirrel Buster Classic
- 2 Pack, Squirrel Buster Classic Wild Bird Feeder with 4 Feeding Ports, 2.4lb Seed Capacity
- NEED FOR CLEARANCE: hang providing an 18-inch/47-cm CLEARANCE on all sides.
- CHEW PROOF: all feeder parts exposed to squirrels are made of chew proof materials.
- NO TOOLS REQUIRED: our feeders are designed to be dismantled by hand into individual components without the use of tools.
- SEED VENTILATION SYSTEM: our patented Seed Ventilation System keeps the seed fresh longer attracting more wild birds.
This feeder has a wire grid with openings that align with the holes in the feeder allowing the birds to get at the seed. When a squirrel climbs on it, the squirrel’s weight forces the grid down preventing access to the seed holes.This prevents the squirrels, and indeed large birds, from stealing the food without harming them in anyway.
The feeder holds 1.4 quarts of seed.
Note this feeder is not dishwasher-safe and should be hand-washed only.
Droll Yankees YF Flipper 4-Port Hanging Bird Feeder
- Package Quantity: 1
- YF Flipper 4-Port Hanging Bird Feeder
- Squirrel Proof Green 21 Inch
This hanging bird feeder has a squirrel triggered motor that spins the feeder when a squirrel lands on it, so quickly (but safely!) removing the squirrel.The motor is powered by a rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery and it comes with a battery charger that plugs into standard 120V wall outlets.
It has a 5 pound feed capacity meaning it doesn’t need filling every day and it is well made and durable.
How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Regular Bird Feeder
Squirrels may be cute and fun to watch, but as I described earlier these bushy-tailed rodents can wreak havoc on your bird feeder and your bird-watching activities. Squirrels can be territorial and aggressive, especially when food is involved, and that can send your feathered friends off in search of a more peaceful feeding environment.
Even worse, inviting squirrels onto your property can mean inadvertently inviting them into your home, where they can do all kinds of damage. If you love to feed the birds but want to keep these unwanted visitors at bay, you need to take a close look at your feeder and make it less attractive to these cute but potentially troublesome creatures.
The easiest way to keep squirrels off of your bird feeder is to mount the feeder on a pole. Squirrels may be agile, but they are not adept at climbing the smooth surface of a pole. The pole-mounted bird feeder should be placed about 5 feet off the ground to thwart squirrels.
You can also make the bird feeder more squirrel-proof by placing a cone-shaped baffle just beneath the feeder. If you prefer, you can buy bird feeders with built-in squirrel guards of the kind reviewed above, but if money is a concern it is easy enough to retrofit an existing feeder using a few simple materials.
Be sure to locate your bird feeders at least 10 feet from the closest tree, shrub, or bush, and keep it well away from any man-made structure the squirrels could climb. Squirrels are excellent climbers and even better leapers, so keeping the bird feeder in a relatively bare location is the best defense.
If you love watching squirrels, but want to keep them away from your bird feeders and the expensive seed you put there, you can purchase standalone squirrel feeders. Those squirrel feeders should be located well away from the bird feeders, and far away from your home and other structures as well. You want to encourage visiting squirrels to have a snack, but you do not want them to take up residence in your attic.
How To Get The Most Enjoyment From Your Bird Feeders
Adding a bird feeder to your yard is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to your daily life. The constant parade of chirping and tweeting friends makes enjoying nature a pleasure you can look forward to each day. If you want to get the most from your bird feeders, here are a few tips you should bear in mind:
- Make sure bird feeders are placed high enough so that squirrels, raccoons, and deer cannot get near the seed. Hang the feeders at least 5 to 10 feet in the air, and in such a way that rodents can’t hang from a tree branch to raid your feeder.
- Clean feeders on a regular basis. You wouldn’t want to eat off of dirty dishes; give birds the same courtesy. Make sure your feeder is completely dry before refilling with bird seed.
- Place your bird feeder in an area that is easily viewed from your home. Part of the thrill of having a bird feeder is being able to see feathered friends feasting on the treats you have left.
These are just a few simple tips to help you get the most enjoyment out of your bird feeder. Regardless if you have specific types of birds you enjoy watching nibbling from your outdoor bird feeder or if any type of bird will do, putting the above-listed tips to work can increase your bird watching fun.
Squirrel proof bird feeders are great for protecting your bird feed. They’re also great for your piece of mind as you can relax safe in the knowledge that only your birds are getting the feed you put out.