How to Choose a Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Ask any bird feeding enthusiast about squirrels and you’re likely to get heated, passionate answers. Most are frustrated with the rodents stealing the seed and scaring the birds off in the process. Several have tried new feeders or homemade tricks and still others don’t know what to try to get rid of these unwanted dinner guests. A lucky few have selected feeders designed to specifically deter squirrels from being able to steal food with fantastic results. When selecting a squirrel-proof bird feeder for your yard, there are a few key things to consider from the start. <h2>What Kind of Birds are You Feeding?</h2> The first part that has to be considered is what kind of birds you’re looking to attract. If you are a new recruit to feeding birds then you are lucky enough to be able to shop freely. However, if you’re specifically looking to attract orioles for instance, you might look at certain feeders. This will also depend on the type of seed, which again is dictated by the birds you want to feed. If you’re placing suet, then you’ll want to use a specific type of feeder, such as a mesh feeder. Some other seed may also work best with a mesh or caged squirrel-proof feeder
Placement of the Feeder
Where your feeder will be placed may also dictate some of the qualities you’re looking for in your squirrel-proof bird feeder. If you’re planning on hanging it from a tree, and right in the middle of squirrel territory, a feeder with a baffle from above might be best. You may also want collapsible perches to further deter squirrels if near a tree. If you’re looking to get the feeder on a pole in the middle of your yard, then a feeder with baffles from below might be better. Likewise, if you’re looking at a window placement for your feeder, you may find collapsible perches an ideal way to keep the squirrels out.
Intensity of the Squirrels
Some squirrels, get used to the idea of being fed regularly. Others have a tendency of being able to outsmart every squirrel-proof feeder you’ve found. These squirrels may not actually be getting food, but keep coming back anyway. If you have a particular intense issue with the rodents, then you may consider feeders that give a little buzz or sting, surprising the squirrel and forcing it to drop to the ground, leaving your seed for the birds.
Don’t Forget Support
If you’re placing your feeder on a pole in the yard you will do well to spend some time selecting a metal pole so it’s harder for the squirrel to climb it. If you have the option to place the feeder ten feet or more from anything the squirrels can launch themselves from, it will help as well. You may like to add a baffle to any feeder for additional defense. Squirrel repellent, cayenne pepper in the seed and keeping the ground picked up are all additional steps you can take to further keep the pests away.