I am lucky enough to have a pretty large garden on my house, and apart from watching my dog and two cats play in it, plus having barbecues and beers with friends when the weather is good, the thing I love most about it is the fact I can hear birdsong. I especially love waking up to it on a summer morning.
I far prefer hearing the birds tweeting than my alarm clock going off!
So to attract more birds to my garden I put food out for them in feeders. However, by putting food out for the birds I also attract other animals. Namely squirrels.
Of course, there are other predators that try to eat the food I put in the feeders, but mainly it is squirrels.
Table of Contents
- Why don’t you want squirrels in the garden?
- What food can I put out to attract birds to my garden?
- Buying squirrel proof bird feeders
- Different types of bird feeders
- What to look out for when buying bird feeders
- The best squirrel proof bird feeders for sale
Why don’t you want squirrels in the garden?
Now don’t get me wrong, I love squirrels. I just do not want too many of them eating up the food I put out for the birds in my garden. And when they come they eat all the bird food, which means I have to spend more money on more bird food.
Not only this, they tend to scare off the birds plus eat some of the plants and flowers I have in the garden. Not good.
You can put food out for birds all year long. In fact, if you put food out in the winter for them you can be saving their lives.
What food can I put out to attract birds to my garden?
You can, of course, buy pre-mixed and formulated bird seed and foods for wild birds from most pet stores and malls.
Some things you should try in your bird feeders are;
- Loose birdseed
- Loose nuts for birds
- Fat balls
However, there are things that you have lying around the house that you can put out for birds.
- Peanuts (not salted)
- Sunflower seeds
- Unsalted bacon rind
- Cooked rice
- Grated cheese
Always make sure that there is water available for birds in your garden as well.
Buying squirrel proof bird feeders
I think squirrels are a bit like the James Bond of nature. They are very smart and often come up with really ingenious methods to get into my bird feeders.
Many manufacturers have tried to design feeders that keep squirrels away from the food inside. I have to admit most of them do not work.
However, I have found some that do work really well and I will go into these shortly.
Different types of bird feeders
Different birds are attracted to different foods, so it is worth figuring out what sort of birds you want to attract, and then what sort of food they like.
There are many different types of feeders that hold different foods available to purchase;
- Suet / Fat feeders
- Seed feeders
- Fruit feeders
Always make sure that the bird feeder you purchase holds the sort of food you want to put out for the birds.
Also worth keeping in mind is the size of birds you want to attract and feed. Make sure the feeder you purchase is adequate enough in size.
Like with most things in life the better quality bird feeders do cost more, you can buy cheaper but they won’t last long.
There are literally hundreds of bird feeders available to buy. Be sure to purchase the best squirrel proof bird feeder, one that allows for birds to still feed easily while keeping predators like squirrels away.
What to look out for when buying bird feeders
There are lots of things to take into consideration like I mentioned above, however ensure that whatever type of bird feeder you buy it has the following features;
Some bird feeders that are apparently “squirrel proof” can actually be just chewed at by the squirrels which means another feeder plus more bird food.
- Weather resistant
Your bird feeder will be left outside, so it needs to be tough because it is exposed to the elements and weather.
- Finish of the feeder
Always check the quality and finish of the bird feeder.
Cheap feeders tend to have loose parts which can hurt birds when they land.
- Ease of feeding
I have seen some bird feeders that make it look impossible for the bird to get to the food.
Which I think is pretty cruel.
- Ease of use
Some of the more expensive feeders allow you to replace parts when they wear out, which saves the cost of purchasing a brand new unit.
Some you can even wash in the dishwasher (always check this with the manufacturer direct).
- Secure mounting
The last thing that you want is for the feeder to fall as it could potentially hurt any birds feeding or indeed any animals that are underneath (including you). Yes, we want to stop squirrels from feeding on the food, but we do not want to hurt them (or any other animal).
By confirming all the above points you will have yourself a good feeder to use in the garden to attract birds.
Now on some of my recommendations for the best bird feeder brands you can buy.
The best squirrel proof bird feeders for sale
Okay so here are, in my opinion, some of the best squirrel proof bird feeders you can buy.
1. Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster
Brome is a fantastic brand that manufactures a wide variety of bird feeders, and the 1057 is arguably one of the best feeders for bird seed that is available.
In fact, Brome are so confident in the quality of their bird feeders they guarantee them to be squirrel proof and also offer a lifetime warranty, on any part.
That’s right, if one part does not work correctly, just ring them up and they will replace it.
Some other benefits are;
- 100% recyclable which is great for the environment.
- Chew proof, this is a serious bonus as squirrels teeth are powerful.
- No tools required to set up, you can have this feeder up in your garden within minutes!
- Weight adjustable
- Seed ventilation system which keeps seed fresher for longer
2. Perky Pet 336 Squirrel be gone
The perky pet is another great anti-squirrel feeder for birds.
Featuring feeding ports that close under a squirrel’s weight and a beautiful looking metal finish.
Your feathered friends can eat in style using this feeder in your garden.
3. Roamwild Pest Off Squirrel proof bird feeder
Another great bird seed feeder.
The Roamwild Pest Off is 100% metal and keeps away more than just squirrels, it also keeps the bird food safe from other predators, so saving your money on food.
A nice feature on this feeder is it is really weather proof, so again the seed inside lasts longer and because it is waterproof it keeps it all dry too.
The Roamwild is really easy to set up with no difficult settings to adjust. All you need to do is open the lid and fill it with bird seed.
So simple, and easy to use! You can be feeding the birds within minutes.
4. Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus with Cardinal perch ring
Another quality bird seed feeder from Brome, with all the features of the 1057 model and the quality that you would expect from such a high-end manufacturer.
However, the 1024 model offers a cardinal perch ring. It is a great feeder for attracting Cardinals – we included it in our list of the best cardinal bird feeders too. (You can check out our list of the best hummingbird feeders too.)
Admittedly this bird feeder is definitely at the pricier end of the spectrum however it is probably one of the best feeders available to buy.
Like all Brome bird feeders, the 1024 has a lifetime warranty, you only ever need to buy one of their products.
And they guarantee to service it for free for the rest of your life.
5. Stokes Select Squirrel proof double suet bird feeder
The only suet feeder worthy in my opinion of being on this list. With a durable metal cage that puts off any predators trying to eat the suet.
The Stokes Select bird feeder is really secure and durable, not only this but it looks really sleek.
If you are looking for a suet feeder to attract bluebirds, woodpeckers, wrens and more to your garden, then the Stokes Select is for you.
What is also a nice feature is that when you purchase this model the company donates a portion of all Stokes proceeds to bird habitat and conservation.
Well worth the money.
So that, in my opinion, are the best squirrel proof bird feeders that money can buy.
Remember, if you are looking to buy a bird feeder, you will save money in the long run by investing a little more in a quality feeder.
If you want more birds to visit your garden, then you can’t go wrong by going with one of the above feeders.
Do you have any favorite recipes you feed your birds?
What type of birds are you trying to attract into your garden?