Raccoons can be a big threat to bird feeders and bird houses, so finding ways on how to keep raccoons away from bird feeders is important if you have a lot of raccoons in your area.
Raccoon Proof Bird Feeders
While there are few bird feeders marketed as “raccoon proof”, there are several that are deisgned to make it nearly impossible for a raccoon to get to the seed. Below are some of our recommendations.
While this particular bird feeder is marketed as being squirrel proof, it should also be raccoon proof, as it works by closing the holes for the seed when any weight is placed on the perch. If the raccoon climbs onto the feeder, he or she will not be able to access any of the seed.
Upside down feeding birds such as woodpeckers, nuthatches and wrens will have no problem feeding from an upside down suet bird feeder, while raccoons, squirrels, and starlings will find it very difficult to access the seed. For best results, hang high enough that the raccoons will not be able to reach the bottom. This feeder measures 8 x 9 x 7 and holds two suet cakes or one tub of suet. It is also easy to clean and fill.
Raccoons will unlikely be able to reach high windows, making this a nice feeder to use on second story windows or on other windows high enough the raccoons will not be able to jump to or reach easily. The Window Cafe Window Mounted Bird Feeder is made from heavy duty plastic and has three suction cups to ensure it stays stuck to the window. It features an easy slide out reservoir tray to collect seed, as well as a generous roof to ensure the seed stays dry. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.
Placing a Baffle, like the one shown here, can also be effective at guarding against raccoons. Be sure that the baffle is at least 5 feet from the ground in the air to ensure the raccoons cannot jump over it to reach the feeder. We especially like the 18″ Woodlink baffle shown here for its ease of use, though you can also find them in most local lawn and garden stores.
Here are Some Other Tips to Keep Raccoons Away From Bird Feeders and Bird Houses
Bring Feeders Inside at Night: Raccoons are mostly nocturnal, so if you bring the feeders in at night, it can help save on bird food immensely. It may be a pain in the neck, but it can be well worth it to save on bird seed, especially if using expensive varieties.
Hot Pepper Sauce & Other Raccoon Repellents: Many people have found that mixing hot pepper sauce with petroleum jelly and coating the pole with this mixture has deterred raccoons to some extent. You can also find raccoon repellants such as Havahart Critter Ridder Animal Repellent that may be effective in getting rid of them.
Remember Raccoons Do Not Hibernate: Raccoons do not hibernate, so food is as scarce for them in the winter as it is for the birds. There are a lot of mixed opinions on whether or not you should feed raccoons, but placing a few cobs of corn or pieces of suet on the ground may help keep them away from the feeder or bird house.
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