Keep Squirrels Out of Feeders

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Squirrel Peeking Over a Baffle at A Squirrel Buster Feeder. The baffle keeps him out.
Squirrel Peeking Over a Baffle at A Squirrel Buster Feeder

When a squirrel decides your bird feeder is full of food put out just for him, what can you do? You might think you have to accept that when you feed birds that squirrels be eating at your feeders. But after many years feeding birds, I have found that you don’t have to give into them. To keep squirrels out of feeders, you need to observe how they are getting into the feeder(s), think creatively and be willing to try a variety solutions. You CAN keep squirrels out of bird feeders.

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Stop Baffled Feeder Blowing in Wind

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Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the Suet Feeder
Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the Suet Feeder

How do you stop a baffled bird feeder from blowing around in the wind? Here in Maryland, the sun is shining and the wind is gusting. It is beautiful, but gusty wind can sometimes cause problems with hanging feeders.

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How to Hang a Feeder on a Pole

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Bird Feeders hang on a pole with a baffle underneath
Bird Feeders and Baffle on Pole

The best way to protect a bird feeder from squirrels is to put the feeder on a pole. And very importantly, use a baffle on the pole! But if you just stick the pole in the ground anywhere and put the baffle on wrong, squirrels can get in. There is a right way to hang a feeder on a pole! Here is what you need to know.

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