After fighting to keep squirrels out of my bird feeders for years, I now have them set up so that Squirrels Do Not Get Into My Feeders! It takes some time, thought, and yes, some expense, but it is possible to solve your squirrel bird feeder problems. Here is what I’ve learned over the years about how to keep squirrels out of bird feeders.
If you hang a bird feeder from a tree, you need the best hanging squirrel baffle you can get. Squirrels can eat most of the food you put out for birds unless you use a truly squirrel-proof feeder or a really good squirrel baffle or better yet, both. Don’t just buy whatever you see labeled “baffle” and expect it to work. Here is what to look for in a good squirrel baffle.
Is there really a seed that squirrels won’t eat? Squirrels can drive a backyard bird watcher a bit crazy. How can you keep squirrels from eating all the seed in your bird feeders? You might wonder if the solution is a seed squirrels won’t eat. Well, there is one seed that squirrels don’t eat. The catch? It attracts a very limited variety of birds. I do have a better suggestion though.