How to Keep Squirrels Out of Bird Feeders

If you’re wondering how to chase squirrels from bird feeders and keep them out, this post will help you make sure you’re feeding the birds and not the squirrels. Squirrels, while they are cute, can be quite the pest to bird feeders, as they can consume quite a lot of seed, leaving very little to none left for the birds.

Here are Some of The Most Popular Ways to Squirrels Out of Bird Feeders

Woodlink Audubon Wrap Around Baffle

Pictured right is an 18 inch squirrel baffle that can be placed above the feeder if it is hanging from a tree or below the feeder if it is freestanding from a pole or shepherd’s hook. The baffle makes it very difficult for squirrels to access the feed, proving this to be an effective way for keeping squirrels out of the bird feeder.

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Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder

The Brome Squirrel Buster is one of the most popular bird feeder models for guarding against squirrels. It works in a very unique way, making it so if the squirrel puts any weight on the perch, the holes close making it impossible for the squirrel to access the seed.

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Other Tips for How to Chase Squirrels Away From Bird Feeders

Choose Seed They Don’t Like: Squirrels do not like safflower bird seed, making it an excellent choice of seed to use if squirrels continue to be a problem even with a squirrel baffle or an anti squirrel bird feeder. In most cases switching to this type of seed will help you get rid of squirrels from your bird feeder. Cardinals, house finches, chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice and doves will all feed on safflower bird seed, making it an excellent choice.

Use a PVC Pipe Pole: Squirrels have a very hard time climbing plastic PVC pipe type of poles, and this type of pole is very easy to make with a simple trip to your hardware store. You can then paint the pipe to make it look exactly as you want if you do not want it to be white.

Do Not Hang From Trees if Possible: The most common reason people have problems with squirrels is because their feeders are hung from trees. Squirrels have no problem jumping and running from branches to the bird feeders. If hanging from a tree is absolutely necessary, using a squirrel baffle at the top can help deter them from reaching the feeder.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em: You can always join them by setting up a separate squirrel feeder away from the bird feeder and filling it with other treats squirrels enjoy besides bird seed. This can prove to be just as entertaining and more cost effective as well.

Do you have any tips on how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders? Share your thoughts or questions in the comments section below!

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