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 before refills.
  • 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 against water.
  • 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.)

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