Squirrel Proofing Basics

Types of Squirrel Proof Feeders

There are a variety of squirrel proof and squirrel resistant feeders to choose from.  Learn the difference between types of feeders such as weight activated squirrel proof feeders and cage feeders and how to choose the best one for you.

  • Types of Feeders

  • Location of Squirrel Proof Feeders

Types of Feeders

Introduction to Squirrel Proofing

Perky-Pet® at Wild Bird Feeders offers a variety of bird feeders that feature a weight activated mechanism. This functionality is a great option for preventing squirrels from eating the bird seed from your feeder.
When a squirrel lands on the weight activated mechanism, access to the feeding ports is automatically shut off because of the squirrels heavier weight. However, not to worry, this mechanism does not affect the birds because they are much lighter in weight

Have a look and choose one of our weight activated feeders from the Squirrel-Be-Gone™ series to find one that works for you!

Weight Activated Squirrel Proof Feeders

Other Weight Activated Feeder Designs

 Cage Style Squirrel Proof Feeders

Bird feeders in this style feature a cage built around the actual feeder itself. The distance between the cage bars is big enough for the birds to fit through and feed, however, they are too tight for a squirrel to try and squeeze through.
Squirrels may try and chew on the bars to get through, so make sure the cage is made of a heavy-duty metal, like this one pictured here, known as our Easy Feeder®. View more of our caged feeders.

 Alternative Options to Squirrel Proofing

Scatter inexpensive grain on the ground below the feeder. Squirrels love this and they will eat whatever is easiest to access. Or, you could try serving birds safflower seeds - squirrels do not like this type of seed. Visit our repellent section to find out more helpful hints.

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Location of Squirrel Proof Feeders

Location of Squirrel Proof Feeders

Once you've chosen the squirrel proof feeder that works for you, you'll want to scout a good hanging location for your feeder. Where you hang your feeder is just as important as what type of feeder you are using in relation to the level of your squirrel problems.

Location, Location, Location

Find a spot for your bird feeder with a good view from the house but far enough away (at least 5 metres) so the squirrels cannot use your house as a way to get to the feeder.

If you have a pole mounted feeder and want to make it squirrel proof, position it at least 3 metres away from potential perches (trees, garage, etc.).

Squirrels can jump around 1 metre vertically so to ensure your pole feeder is truly squirrel proof, make sure it is at least 1.5 metres off the ground.

While attempting to squirrel proof your feeders, keep in mind that some birds are more nervous than others when squirrels are around. So while you should keep the feeder away from any launch points, birds appreciate cover within 3 - 7 metres of the feeder.

Remember also that ground cover is a hiding place for predators so keep feeders away from it, too.

Change the Seed

While squirrels will eat almost anything, there are some kinds of bird seed a squirrel will not go through hoops to get, so this can help to "squirrel proof" your feeder indirectly. A few of squirrels non-favourites include:

  • Beef Suet
  • Safflower Seed
  • Nyjer or thistle seed

While the above seed doesn't appeal to squirrels, it also doesn't appeal to a large majority of birds so the variety of birds at your feeder will decrease as well. Unfortunately, that is one of the problems in trying to squirrel proof your feeder with your offering. Luckily, safflower seeds do appeal to cardinals, doves, titmice, nuthatches, and house finches!

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