Over the past several months I have been upgrading my bird feeders in my ongoing battle with the squirrels.
I ended up spending more money than I planned and learned a lot in the process. I figured I might be able to save you some time and money by sharing my thoughts on the best squirrel proof bird feeders that I have found.
My recommendations are based on the following criteria.
- The feeders must, with proper mounting, be able to deter squirrels.
- No cheap pieces of junk. I want my feeders to last for YEARS.
- The feeders must look good. This rules out all of the ugly “cage type” feeders.
- Cardinals must enjoy using the feeder.
Top 5 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
|Brand and Model||Seed Capacity||Price|
|Perky Pet Squirrel Be Gone II||8 lbs||$30|
|Brome Squirrel Buster Standard||2 lbs||$35|
|Brome Squirrel Buster Plus||4 lbs||$90|
|Droll Yankee Whipper||5 lbs||$90|
|Droll Yankee Flipper||5 lbs||$120|
Brome is a premier brand when it comes to squirrel resistant feeders. All of their products are high quality and come with a Lifetime Warranty. These feeders last so long because most of the parts are powder coated metal and the few plastic components are all UV stabilized.
Brome offers excellent customer service and you can talk to a real person by calling 1-800-856-5685 during normal business hours.
When properly mounted, Brome feeders are highly effective in repelling squirrels. All Brome feeders work on the same weight activation mechanism. Here is a fun video from Brome showing how their feeder works.
Although Brome makes several different versions of their feeder the model that most people will want is the Brome Squirrel Buster Standard (model #1057).
The Squirrel Buster STANDARD ($35) is a medium capacity feeder with perch stands for cardinals and a wire mesh shroud for clinging birds.
The Squirrel Buster PLUS ($90) is designed to be the ultimate squirrel proof feeder for cardinals. This is a high capacity feeder with a circular perch ring. The PLUS is the feeder shown in the video above and cardinals simply LOVE it.
Brome also offers two specialty squirrel proof feeders, a peanut feeder for woodpeckers and a thistle feeder for finches.
Droll Yankee Feeders
Droll Yankee is the second premier brand in the squirrel proof market. Like Brome, Droll Yankee offers a lifetime warranty on their feeders.
Droll Yankee has one feeder that I love, one that is silly fun and one that I do NOT recommend.
I think that the Yankee Whipper is the best squirrel proof bird feeder in my backyard.
The Flipper is a high capacity feeder with curved perches that my cardinals find easy to use. The metal components on this feeder are a beautiful shade of Midnight Blue. I think the design is elegant and looks spectacular in my yard.
Here is a close up look at the Yankee Whipper that shows the curved perches and how they collapse when a squirrel tries to use them.
Although my favorite Droll Yankee Feeder is the “Yankee Whipper” the one that made the company famous is the “Yankee Flipper”.
The Yankee Flipper has a battery powered perch ring. When the perch is weight activated by a squirrel it starts spinning and doesn’t stop until the squirrel gets flung from the feeder.
The Yankee Flipper is ridiculously fun and highly effective. Here is a look at this guy in action.
Although I think the Yankee Flipper is an awesome product I have never been able to talk myself into spending $125 on a bird feeder. I keep putting this on my Christmas list though and am hoping that one day Santa (or my wife) will finally pull the trigger.
There is a third Droll Yankee feeder, the “Yankee Dipper” that you will want to avoid. The Yankee Dipper is the least expensive of the Droll Yankee products but the perches are useless for cardinals. The perches on the Dipper are small pegs mounted at 90 degrees from the seed openings. These perches work for small birds like chickadees and finches but cardinals do not fit.
Perky Pet Feeders
Perky Pet does not specialize in squirrel proof feeders but they do make a couple of nice ones that meet my criteria for functionality, aesthetics and durability.
Perky Pet makes a line of “Squirrel Be Gone” feeders that utilize the classic Audubon design of a levered front perch.
This is a classic, time tested design and Perky Pet has made it look nice.
The tension on the front perch is adjustable so you can discourage grackles as well as squirrels.
And the metal roof can only be removed by twisting and lifting the chimney.
Perky Pet offers a couple whimsical design variations on this feeder but they all pretty much work the same.
I have the green Home with Chimney model. I picked it up for around $35.
Here is the best setup I have found for keeping the squirrels out of my feeders.
This setup works because:
- The Droll Yankee feeder is a tough nut for the squirrels to crack.
- The baffle prevents the squirrels from sitting on top of the feeder and giving them time to even try to figure it out.
- The metal hook keeps the feeder 16 inches away from the tree so the squirrels cannot simply lean over to access the feeder.
- I have a dang cute squirrel feeder loaded with corn as an alternative food choice.
The squirrels will spend a few minutes trying to get to the sunflower seed and then decide that the corn is a much easier snack to go after.
If you wanted to take this a step further you could fill the feeder with safflower seeds. Cardinals really enjoy safflower but apparently it has a bitter taste which squirrels do not like.
Here is a complete links list to all of the equipment I use for my ultimate squirrel resistant setup.