How to Baffle Squirrels?

You have sent out the invitation by hanging up a feeder. Now how are you going to tell the squirrels they are not invited!

Can You Really "Baffle" the Squirrels?!?!?!

Of all the bird feeding problems that can arise, Squirrels are often the one that is the most difficult to deal with.

Squirrels are as persistent as they are cute. (I know some of you would not agree with the second part of that statement, but they are only following what comes naturally to them after all.)  ;-)

There really are good fixes to this long standing problem. Read on.

Here is a List of the Solutions You Will Find on this Page:

1. The 2 Best Squirrel Proof Feeders

2. A List of Squirrel Resistant Feeders

3. Types of Seed Squirrels Don't Like

4. Why Hot Peppered Seed Should Never be Used!

5. How "Slinkys" are Even More Entertaining?

6. How Caged Feeders Keep Squirrels Out?

Then After Doing All or Some of the Above... Feed Them with Their Very Own Feeder!

1. What are the Best Squirrel Proof Feeders? ~  2 Stand Out

It sounds like double talk I know, but there are actually feeders available now which do keep squirrels from eating up your bird food.

#1 The first is the Squirrel Buster which actually comes in a variety of styles to feed different types of seed and wild birds; Squirrel Buster Plus, Squirrel Buster Standard and Squirrel Buster Finch Feeder.

When we had our store the Squirrel Buster Plus was a best seller out of all our products. We sold a lot of these feeders. Inevitably when one person purchases one they will buy more to give as gifts to family and friends.

They are a little on the pricey side but,  they soon pay for themselves with the savings on seed and damage to your feeders that Squirrels can inflict.

Watch this funny and instructional video about the Squirrel Buster Plus one of the best squirrel proof feeders on the market

Watch this Video About How to Baffle Squirrels!

#2 The Droll Yankee Squirrel Flipper. This one is entertaining as well! Watch the video which really demonstrates how effective this feeder is at keeping Squirrels from eating or destroying your bird feeder.

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How to Baffle Squirrels!

2. What are Squirrel Resistant Feeders?

Plainly and simply put they make it difficult for Squirrels to easily get into the bird seed.

Some will be quite effective at keeping certain types of Squirrels out.

But this is definitely a situation where a particular feeder may work well in one neighbourhood but not for another.

Four of the best Squirrel resistant feeders:

Roamwild PestOff Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Audubon Bird's Delight Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder

No/No Red Cardinal Bird Feeder

How to Baffle Squirrels!

3. Is There Seed Squirrels Don't Like?

Yes! Give These 2 Types of Seed a Try!

1. Why You Should Give Nyjer Seed a Try?

This small black seed is a safe seed to use if Squirrels are a particular nuisance. Most Squirrels are not attracted to this seed. (But I am not guaranteeing anything here, as one visitor to this site said squirrels ate her nyjer seed readily!)

Nyjer seed requires a special feeder with very tiny holes. If this seed is placed in a regular feeder it will blow away in the wind and a refill will be needed right away.

This is a terrible waste as it is expensive. And yes, that's how I learned a specific style of feeder is necessary for offering this type of seed.

But, as is true in many circumstances, if times are tough for these little furry animals, you may look out your window one day to see a four-legged critter hanging onto your Nyjer feeder having lunch.

That is what I saw. Perhaps this little guy didn't like the seed but felt compelled to dine anyway. I am not sure because I only witnessed the scene a couple of times.

More details about Nyjer seed and its special feeders here.

2. Why You Should Give Safflower Seed a Try?

Safflower is a white seed with a hard shell that is grown mainly for the production of oil. This very reason makes it a good food for birds with its high oil and protein content.

The interesting thing about this seed is that squirrels do not typically like this seed.

It is also often rejected by the bully birds like Grackles, Cowbirds, Blackbirds, and Starlings.

Safflower seed does not require a special feeder either. Just clean out a hopper style or platform feeder well to eliminate the scent of other seed like peanuts and sunflower seeds which Squirrels love. Then fill it up with just safflower seed and enjoy Squirrel free bird feeding.

Do not use seed with cayenne or other hot peppers!!!

The capsaicin in hot peppers causes severe pain in a Squirrels mouth, just as it does in ours. Some animals have been known to harm themselves when trying to get rid of the burning sensation.

How to Baffle Squirrels!

4. Why Hot Peppered Seed Should Never be Used!

Do not use seed with cayenne or other hot peppers to deter squirrels. The capsaicin in hot peppers causes severe pain in a Squirrels mouth, just as it does in ours.

If you have sprinkled hot pepper powder on your bird seed and had it blow in your eyes you know how good that feels! (Sarcasm intended.) It will do the same to Squirrels and wild bird eyes.

It will eventually teach the squirrels to not eat the seed but some animals have been known to harm themselves when trying to get rid of the burning sensation.

There has not been sufficient study to prove it's use, especially in colder climates.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology does not recommend it's use and that is recommendation enough in my opinion.

Another important detriment to using hot peppers is that capsaicin is toxic to bees. You can verify this at the National Pesticide Information Center. Our Bees have already declined to alarmingly low numbers. Let's do our part to preserve all wildlife.

How to Baffle Squirrels!

5. How Caged Feeders Save Your Seed?

Surrounding your feeder with a cage keeps larger unwanted Squirrels from getting at your bird food.

The feeders pictured below are suitable for allowing small birds to enter. Larger birds and Squirrels are out of luck!

The smaller Red Squirrel or other types of small Squirrels will be able to squeeze through though.

My Top Recommendations for Caged Bird Feeders
 With Reviews & Gold Star Ratings

   Variety of Caged Feeders Here  

How to Baffle Squirrels!

6. Remember Slinkies?

There is another creative way to use the old classic toy called the slinky.

Someone came up with the idea of slipping a slinky over their bird feeder pole.

This makes it very difficult for Squirrels to navigate their way to the top of the pole where the feeders are.

Watch it in action in this video:

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How to Attach a Slinky to a Bird Feeder Pole?

7. Literally, Baffle Squirrels!

Baffle Squirrels with "baffles" that sit on bird feeder poles or hang above to keep the little critters from climbing up to the bird feeder or bird house.

Squirrels will eat volumes of seed, damage feeders and eat bird eggs or baby birds. So include keeping them out of bird houses as part of your plan to un-invite Squirrels.

Remember that squirrels can jump down on top of a feeder or house so an umbrella baffle can be installed above to stop them.

Baffle Squirrels with Pole Mount or Hanging Above

Large selection of different types of baffles here.

How to Baffle Squirrels!

8. What is a Double Grid System Feeder & How Does it Work?

This type of bird feeder is a platform bird feeder with a horizontal grids that cover the feeding area.

The grids leave spaces which are too small for paws and large beaks to reach in and get seed.

Some types have a double grid to make the openings very small.

The grid can be removed to turn the feeder into a bunny or squirrel feeder.

This is a nice versatile feeder that can be used easily to fix problems if needed.

9. Beat'em & Feed'em!

After Beating Them at Your Feeder...
Feed Them with Their Very Own Feeder!

What are the Benefits of Feeding Squirrels?

  1. Very little waiting time before they find your offering. Not like with bird feeding where you can wait a longtime until they find your bird seed.
  1. Squirrels are not fussy! They have their favs, but they will eat just about anything you put out. Not like birds who are choosy when it comes to diet.
  1. They will provide lots of fun. They are very entertaining little creatures! Like birds!

Below are some interesting ways to feed squirrels.

Feed the Squirrels With Their Own Feeders

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