While squirrels add to the diversity of wildlife in your backyard, they can also become a pain in the neck where bird enthusiasts are concerned. Fortunately, there are several best squirrel proof bird feeders that even the cleverest squirrels will have difficulty chewing and clawing at to get at the seeds inside!
Why are squirrels a pain in the neck, you ask? Well, these animals have voracious appetites, domineering attitudes, and sharp teeth and claws that chase away birds, kill eggs and nestlings, and empty the seeds in bird feeders. In short, you want bird feeders that they won’t be able to access and, thus, give birds the chance to enjoy the birdseed.
With its weight-activated seed protection covers, the Perky-Pet 330 Squirrel Be Gone II birdfeeder deters squirrels and other undesirable birds from getting their paws and beaks on the birdseed inside. Just adjust the tension in the springs according to the type of animals that can and cannot access the feeder and voila! Even the peskiest squirrel will eventually tire of clawing and chewing through the feeder and failing at it.
You can attract a wide variety of birds including finches, cardinals, grackles, jays, kinglets, wrens and woodpeckers to the feeder, too. The trick lies in putting the right type of birdseed into the feeder depending on your preferred species. The more common birdseeds are black oil sunflower, safflower seeds, and hulled sunflower; many bird enthusiasts mix two or more birdseed.
Be sure to hang it from a pole so that squirrels can’t get to it easily; in contrast, hanging it from a tree is like an invitation for a feast. Since it already comes fully assembled, it just needs to be securely hung, perhaps with a few nuts and bolts to hold it in place.
Even with eight pounds of birdseed, it can withstand the combined weight of several birds perched on it, thanks to its strong and sturdy all-metal construction. There’s no need for maintenance although wiping it down to remove dirt, dust and bird poop is always a good idea.
Yet another great squirrel-proof birdfeeder is the Myard MBF 75160-F model, a durable product that should last for a few years with little to no maintenance. With the combination of powder-coated steel and acrylic, it isn’t easy for squirrels to gnaw away at the birdfeeder even with their sharp teeth and claws. While it isn’t completely immune to squirrel attacks, it can withstand repeated attacks until the pesky animals just seem to give up.
Aside from its durable build, it also has an ingenious design that prevents squirrels from gaining full access to the treats inside. When a squirrel, no matter its size, perches on the birdfeeder, the latter’s access opening automatically closes and the former can’t get to the birdseed. Of course, the birdfeeder should be mounted on a pole or other similar mounts to reduce the risk of squirrels easily climbing up it.
Birds, on the other hand, find it easy to perch on the bar, peck at the birdfeeder’s opening, and enjoy the birdseed inside. The perch can be adjusted, either shortened or extended, depending on your choice of birds to attract (i.e., smaller or larger birds, respectively).
With its double-sided design, the birdfeeder also attracts more birds to feed on it. You may want to watch as diverse birds perch on both sides of the birdfeeder and get their fill.
Like it or not, squirrels will chew on nearly everything, especially wood, plastic and vinyl, even make a go at metal. With the all-steel construction of the Woodlink Absolute II birdfeeder, however, there’s no way that these pesky rodents can actually chew through the material. Yes, they may be able to make a scratch or two after several attempts on the birdfeeder’s surface but that’s about it.
There’s also another method in which it works to deter squirrels from getting to the birdseed – its opening closes as soon as it detects the weight of a squirrel on its perch! It’s the same design as the other birdfeeders on this list but it’s still a noteworthy feature to mention.
But don’t worry about filling and cleaning the feeder as these tasks are easy to do, thanks to its TopLoc feature. To unlock it in preparation for filling it with birdseed or cleaning it of its build-up of stale birdseed, just lift up the lid. Afterwards, swing the lid closed and use the locking latch to keep the birdseed in place.
You don’t have to fill the birdfeeder too often either as it has a 12-pound capacity of a mix of birdseed. This should suffice for a few weeks or a month depending on the type and number of birds visiting your backyard.
The RoamWild birdfeeder has an attractive heart design that immediately catches the attention of bird enthusiasts, not to mention that it’s a good addition to your backyard décor. But it isn’t obviously the main reason for installing the birdfeeder – you want to attract more birds to your backyard while also keeping off pesky rodents (e.g., squirrels, rats and racoons) away from it.
When a large animal lands on the birdfeeder’s perch, its perch hatch automatically moves downward so the pest can’t get to the birdseed no matter how hard it tries. As soon as the animal gets off the perch, the hatch automatically reopens so birds can actually feed on the birdseed. Even when several birds are perched on the perches, the hatch stays open, thanks to the individually spring-loaded perches.
The bottom line: You don’t have to keep an eye at the birdfeeder just so you can shoo away the squirrels, rats and racoons! The birdfeeder does the job on its own, so to speak.
Keeping the birdseed inside fresh for prolonged periods is possible, too, thanks to the built-in weather guard. It’s easy enough to fill with birdseed, too, since it’s a simple operation of opening the lid and pouring in the birdseed. It’s just as easy to clean – there are no nuts and bolts to deal with, just click the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle.
The Brome Legacy birdfeeder features a mix of the conventional and unconventional features that make it among the best of its kind. On one hand, it has an adjustable spring mechanism with an automatic operation that prevents squirrels, rats and large birds from actually feeding on the birdseed; it’s a conventional design present in most birdfeeders. When it detects a relatively heavy weight, it automatically closes its multiple seed ports so whatever undesirable animal is perched on it is denied access.
On the other hand, it has an unconventional seed ventilation system that veers away from the conventional transparent seed tubes. Instead of trapping solar energy and heated air, the Brome system allows heated air and moisture to escape via the vents located at the feeder’s top part. With fresh air entering into the tube, the birdseed inside remains fresh so more birds are attracted to the feeder.
The bottom line: You will enjoy more bird-watching moments since more birds are actually feeding on your backyard feeder!
Birdwatchers looking for a birdfeeder that can accommodate more birds will appreciate the six feeding ports on the Brome Squirrel Solution200. There’s little to no danger of the birdfeeder falling down from the birds’ combined weight due to its sturdy construction. Just make sure that it’s installed securely on a pole or other similar mount.
Like most of the birdfeeders here, it prevents squirrels and other large animals from feasting on the birdseed through an automatic mechanical design. When an adult squirrel perches on it, its feeding hatch automatically closes so the animal can’t eat the birdseed. Don’t worry as the animal won’t be harmed in any way.
Even its materials are chew-proof although it pays to regularly check on the parts’ integrity; corroded metal parts are obviously more prone to chewing and clawing. Also, hang the birdfeeder with at least 18 inches of clearance on all sides.
Like many Brome birdfeeder, the Brome Squirrel Buster birdfeeder is made of RoxResin, a rust-proof, waterproof and ultraviolet light-stabilized material – and it’s safe to use in the dishwasher, too, when it needs cleaning. Even after a few months outside, the birdfeeder won’t look too faded for this reason, not to mention that it’s durable enough to withstand squirrels’ scratching.
This birdfeeder has another feature that deters squirrels from getting to the birdseed – a negative grip tube. Basically, the tube is designed such that squirrels cannot grab its wire hanger with their hind legs – and they will try several times, too – hang down beside the feeder and open it to feast on the birdseed. Many birdfeeders have designs that allow squirrels to defeat the purpose of the closing mechanism, thus, these aren’t effective deterrents.
While it deters squirrels, it attracts a diverse variety of birds including American gold finches, cardinals, purple finches, white-breasted nuthatches, and indigo buntings, to name a few perching and clinging birds. The feeder can accommodate several types of birdseed, too, such as black oil sunflower seed.
The Droll Yankees birdfeeder has several anti-squirrel deterrents so we believe that it’s among the best of its kind. First, while the perch ring supports the weight of both small and large birds, it cannot support the weight of an adult squirrel. Once a squirrel sits on the ring, the perch spins causing the animal to lose its grip on it.
Second, the feeder tube is too long and too wide for even an agile adult squirrel to cling to, much less hold on to for a few minutes, so as to get to the birdseed. Third, the metal cap is too snug and too heavy for an adult squirrel to lift so there’s no chance of it getting through to the birdseed.
With these features, it’s a birdfeeder that even the most persistent squirrel cannot beat, so to speak! Plus, there’s also the fact that it’s made of powder-coated metal and ultraviolet light-stabilized polycarbonate tube, both of which are weatherproof materials.
The feeder also has four seed ports from which several birds can simultaneously feed as well as a 5-pound capacity for fewer refills.
Why go to the trouble of installing squirrel-proof birdfeeders in your yard? Well, there are several benefits to doing so, from providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of nature right in your yard, nurturing a diverse range of birds, and being part of the preservation of the natural environment. So, go ahead and install two or more of these birdfeeders wherever possible!
- 8. Perky-Pet 339 Squirrel Be Gone II Feeder Home with Chimney
- 7. Myard MBF 75160-G Double Sided Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder with Weight Adjustable + Extendable Perch
- 6. Woodlink Absolute II Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder
- 5. Roamwild Squirrel Proof Wild Bird Feeder Mixed Seed Sunflower Heart Version
- 4. Brome Squirrel Buster Legacy Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches
- 3. Brome Squirrel Solution200 Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder with 6 Feeding Ports
- 2. Brome Squirrel Buster Standard Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder with 4 Metal Perches
- 1. Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder