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Tips on How to Protect Your Bird Feeders in Your Backyard From Squirrels

Get any group of bird-feeding individuals together and squirrel stories will soon come up! If you want to keep squirrels from your feeder, most will agree-Good Luck and God Bless! However, through a little attention to feeder placement and the proper use of “baffles”, you can minimize squirrel usage and enjoy the type of feeder you want. The type of feeder you want.

Check out the squirrel facts below and you’ll see why protecting your feeder from raiding squirrels is such a challenging task. All feeders must be at least eight feet from any horizontal jumping-off stop, as many squirrels can jump that far. The bottom of your feeder should be at least 4 ½ feet off the ground. If using a 4x4 post or iron hook, you should place a baffle immediately below the feeder.

Whatever tactics you employ, we are confident if you utilize the products and methods we describe, you can protect your feeder from squirrels and allow the birds you love to feed in your backyard. Enjoy and good luck!!

Squirrel Facts

  • Squirrels have litters of 3-4.
  • Squirrels can eat their weight in seed during one week.
  • A squirrel’s front teeth grows 6 inches per year and wear down by eating and gnawing.
  • Squirrels can jump up to 6 feet and straight across at least 8 feet.
  • Squirrels can run as fast as 20mph.
  • By peak activity time for squirrels during mild weather is the first two hours after sunrise, and in winter, around noon.

Key Numbers to Map Your Strategy To Defeat Squirrels With Baffles

You’ll find our recommended baffles pictured inside. If you want to feed birds on your deck, patio, or in a spot in your yard that doesn’t have adequate area to utilize a baffle in the way it is shown below-Check out our squirrel proof feeders listed inside.

However, remember most wars are won on multiple fronts. So as part of your war to keep squirrels off your bird feeders, you might want to try one of our squirrel feeders. Ask about information on our Squirrel Lovers line!

Hanging Feeders

When protecting a feeder with a hanging baffle, make sure the baffle is at least 1/3 larger in circumference than the feeder. Also make sure the bottom of the feeder is at least 4 ½ feet off the ground and that the feeder hangs at least 8 feet away from a tree trunk, yard hook, or other “sideways” launching spot for attracting squirrels.

Pole Mounted and 4x4 Post Mounted Feeders

Make sure the bottom of the pole or post baffle is at least 4 ½ feet off the ground. Also make sure the pole or post mounted feeder is at least 8 feet away from a tree trunk, yard hook, or other “sideways” launching spot for attracting squirrels. In addition, make sure the feeder is at least 10 feet away from significantly taller potential launching pads for squirrels like trees or houses.