So, you finally had enough of those thieving squirrels and are ready to add some high end hardware to the battle.
Good For You!
It gets old watching squirrels scare away cardinals, destroying feeders and running through sunflower seeds like a bunch of junkies.
Have you started calling them Tree Rats yet? Been tempted to break out an air rifle? Wondered if a squirrel would taste better grilled or fried?
Don’t sweat it. I have put together a list of the ten best squirrel proof bird feeders for you. The list includes some classic, time tested squirrel resistant feeders as well as some speciality products for feeding suet, peanuts, etc.
The Best Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeders
These feeders are designed to stop squirrels and as such they cost more to design and build. Don’t be expecting to find something that is cheap and will work. Deterring squirrels is going to cost you a little bit of cash upfront.
These feeders have a greater chance of success if you hang or mount them at least 20 inches away from any trees or poles that a squirrel can climb.
Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder: Lifetime Warranty
Designed by Brome, this squirrel resistant bird feeder works by closing the feeding ports when a squirrel jumps up onto the feeder. It’s able to do this by using a spring system within the center pole which, when pulled down by the weight of an adult squirrel, will automatically close the feeding ports.
This design means that birds can land and feed as they please, but the weight of a larger animal like a squirrel or raccoon will automatically close the ports preventing them from stealing the food.
The squirrel buster bird feeder comes with a mounting pole and rain guard. The entire product is made from either metal or chew-proof RoxResin which is also rustproof, waterproof and UV stabilized. Brome backs this feeder up with a hassle free Lifetime Warranty.
I have a Brome feeder and love it.
The top of the feeder has a specialized air ventilation system which draws hot and stale air out of the container and replaces it with cool and fresh air. This ventilation system is supposed to keep the food fresher for longer, ensuring that it will continue to attract more beautiful birds.
I have no idea if the ventilation system works or not. The feeder holds three quarts of sunflower seeds and it only takes four days for the cardinals drain this thing.
Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder: Massive Capacity
The Woodlink Absolute is a high capacity pole mounted feeder that resists squirrels though a spring loaded perch that closes when something heavy lands on it. The feeder is made from powder coated steel and will last for years.
The feeder can hold two gallons of seed (about 12 pounds) which is a dang nice feature that keeps you from having to go out in the too often for refilling duty. The lid has a simple locking system underneath the lid that can be easily opened with one hand so the few refills that you will perform are going to be easy.
The feeder dispenses seeds from both sides of the feeder so you can have lots of birds feasting at once.
The Absolute feeder comes with both a metal hanger and a five foot pole and associated pole mounting hardware. You will be able to put this feeder anywhere you want.
Perky-Pet Squirrel Be Gone II: Attractive and Big Enough
I have a green version of this feeder and it has held up extremely well for several years. I bought this one because it looked nice, it resists squirrels and has plenty of capacity. Here is a post that shows how this feeder has held up over the years.
This is a smaller feeder than the Woodlink Absolute. The Perky Pet holds about eight pounds of seeds and only has one feeding perch instead of two.
My only complaint about this feeder is that the locking lid latch is a little difficult to open. On the flip side, if it is challenging to me then it probably is to squirrels as well! Overall, this is a great feeder that’s available at a reasonable price.
Squirrel Buster Peanut Feeder: Perfect for Woodpeckers
This squirrel proof peanut feeder is specifically designed to feed shelled peanuts which are great for attracting woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice.
This is the best squirrel proof woodpecker feeder that I have seen. The feeder is long enough to provide a stabilizing tail prop for woodpeckers and lacks any ring perches, etc that would help cardinals and other similar birds use the feeder.
This feeder holds just under a quart of shelled peanuts which is plenty for attracting and feeding a few woodpeckers.
This is a Brome feeder that comes with their patented weight activated closing mechanism, seed ventilation system and Lifetime No Hassle Warranty.
If you want a squirrel proof peanut feeder for woodpeckers then this is what you need to buy.
Squirrel Buster Finch: Goldfinches Rock!
I flipping love goldfinches! The bummer for me is that these guys are migratory and when they are in Baton Rouge they don’t have their full colors on display yet.
Finches can picky but love to eat nyjer seed. Of course, squirrels like that seed as well 🙂
The Brome finch feeder has four sizable metal perches for birds to stand on as they nibble through the eight different feeding ports. The feeder holds a little over two pounds of seed.
As with the other products from Brome, it uses metal and chew-proof RoxResin plastic, is squirrel proof, lifetime warranty, etc.
Droll Yankees YF Flipper Feeder: Get Your Revenge!
When it comes to feeders that drive squirrels nuts the folks at Droll Yankee know what they are doing.
The Yankee Flipper is a tube feeder with a pressure activated, battery operated, spinning base. When a squirrel lands on the base of this feeder he gets spun and flung!
It’s best if you just watch this thing in action 🙂
People love seeing the squirrels that have been tormenting them for years finally get a little justice. The folks at Droll Yankee sell the heck out of these!
The Flipper has a metal cap and a UV Stabilized polycarbonate tube that will not fade. I have a different model from Droll Yankee and it is holding up great. The feeder has a 5lb seed capacity and four feeding ports.
If you are ready to get your revenge on those thieving squirrels then this is the feeder for you!
Droll Yankees Whipper Tube: The Prettiest Option
This is the Droll Yankee feeder that I ended up buying. The smooth metal perches collapse when a squirrel grabs them and their paws slip off the perch as they fall.
I have seen a squirrel catch himself at the feed port and grab seeds from another port as he held on upside down. So, this guy isn’t completely squirrel proof but enough so that most squirrels don’t bother with it anymore.
I bought this one because I loved the blue color and didn’t feel like messing around with batteries on a Yankee Flipper.
The metal lid has held up well against chewing damage but you can see the marks where they have tried to gnaw their way in. Droll Yankee feeders come with a lifetime warranty and they stand behind their products.
Droll Yankees Tipper Feeder: Stylish Seed Saver!
Our third option from Droll Yankee is another tube feeder that has a moving bevel at the base. The weight of a squirrel will make the bevel slip to the side and the squirrel falls off.
An added benefit of the bevel is that doubles up as a seed catcher so not as much seeds get dumped to the ground by picky birds. Of course this only works until a squirrel lands on the thing and everything gets dumped.
Within the tube itself, there is an internal baffle which ensures that the seed is evenly dispersed to all of the feeding ports so that up to four birds can feed at any given time.
Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Feeder: Break Out The Cage!
Seed and nuts aren’t the only types of food you might want to give to birds, suet is also very popular and can help to attract nuthatches, chickadees and other birds. Suet is fantastic, high energy food source that some birds devour.
Of course, squirrels also love suet. Squirrel like eating just about anything.
Rather than having any mechanized apparatus, the suet cake is well protected using a large and multi-layered metal cage. The gaps in the cage are ideal for small and some medium-sized birds to fit through, while they are far too small for squirrels.
To protect the suet cakes from the elements, above there is a large brown metal lid which can be easily hooked up to hang from a tree or any wire that you have in your garden.
Squirrel Buster Standard: Budget Friendly!
If you’re on a budget and are looking for an entry level feeder that can still attract small and beautiful wild birds to your garden, the Squirrel Buster Standard is a tremendous choice. Not only is it a bargain, but it’s also very well made, and because of its light weight it can hang from even thin wires and branches.
The perch rings on this feeder make it easy to use for cardinals.
As with the other Squirrel Buster products from Brome, it works by closing the feeding ports automatically when a large animal grabs onto the feeding perches. Plus, for the price of this feeder, you’ll get free lifetime care and service on the product.
The Standard feeder holds just over a pound of seed so you will need to fill it back up every couple of days.
Those furry pests have ruled your garden for long enough; now it’s time to fight back. They’ve stolen more than enough seed from your wild birds, and a squirrel proof feeder can prevent them from taking any more.
The three different types of design; closing ports, spinning motor and collapsible perch, are all fantastic at keeping those pesky squirrels away. Depending on what types of bird you’re interested in, how much seed capacity you need, and the design style that you prefer, any of the feeders on this list are a fantastic choice to attract more birds and keep the squirrels at bay.
Hot Tip: To make these feeders even more effective put up a simple squirrel feeder with an ear of corn. If you give the squirrels an easy snack they wont be as driven to raid your feeders!