Experts recommend considering the following when buying a squirrel-proof
bird feeder. Whatever feeder you choose, experts say, remember to keep your
bird feeder clean; bird droppings can contaminate food.
- Look for a bird feeder that is easy
to fill in order to keep this routine as simple as possible since you
will perform it often.
- Consider capacity. Smaller models
can be easier to fill and re-hang but larger models can last longer
- Easy-to-clean feeders make it less
likely you will neglect this chore and wind up with contaminated seed
or an unsanitary feeding station that can sicken birds.
- Choose durable plastic
and/or rust-resistant metal so your feeder will stand up to bad
weather. If you decide to go with a wooden feeder (combined with a squirrel
baffle), look for cedar or wood that has been stained or painted for protection
- In plastic tube feeders, look for
seed ports reinforced with metal if squirrels will be able to approach
seed ports close enough to gnaw on them.
- A snug-fitting lid that squirrels
can't pry open is another check on seed raiding.
- An interior baffle that
keeps seed moving to the ports, and a method of interior ventilation
are two features that help keep seed fresh.
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer's
directions for positioning your squirrel-proof feeder, so squirrels
won't be able to defeat it. (For example, a squirrel would
be able to circumvent some by standing on a nearby branch and manipulating
the feeder with its front paws.)