Q: "We are fighting a constant battle to keep the squirrels out of our birdfeeders. What are the options available in squirrel proofing with baffles? Would it be better to get a squirrel proof feeder? If so, what are some of my options? Thanks. Paul"
Answer: Squirrels are a nuisance to some and a pleasure to others. For example, we sell squirrel feeders such as the Adirondack Chair Squirrel Feeder, Green that holds an ear of corn and the Duet Diner Squirrel Feeder which holds an ear of corn in the middle of a picnic type table! You can even buy a feeder that holds peanuts like the Heritage Farms Squirrel Feeder - Diner 2
If your goal is to keep the squirrels out of your birdfeeder as opposed to attracting them elsewhere, there are the options of baffles that cover the top of the feeder and feeders such as the Brome ones and others where the feeding ports for the birds are covered when the squirrel climbs onto the feeder. Remember that there is always some bird seed scattered on the ground below feeders and that attracts regular squirrels, chipmunks and other hungry pest animals, that is if you consider tham pests!
To choose a baffle, look for either one that pole mount like the Liberty Universal Squirrel Stopper Baffle which fits a pole and moves up and down and side to side to keep squirrels off or a more traditional looking baffle like the Heath - Squirrel Baffle Make sure you measure the diameter of the pole before you purchase to make sure the baffle will fit it. Also remember that squirrels are great at jumping from trees, roofs, etc. For example, we currently sell a pole mount baffle that fits a 4 inch by 4 inch square post, the Woodlink Audubon - Green 20 in. 4x4 Mount Baffle
Birdfeeders that are not squirrel resistant are hung from baffles such as the Arundale Hummer Hat Squirrel Baffle in Red which is also widely used to keep pigeons off hummingbird feeders. The Woodlink - 16 in Clear Hang/Mount Weather Shield/Sq Baffle is a larger clear one that also protects the bird feeder from the weather.
The easier route, especially if your feeders need replacing anyway, is to go to a Squirrel Proof feeder such as the Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder or a Brome Squirrel Buster Feeder CLASSIC Birdfeeder One unique feeder is the Hiatt Manufacturing Grande Squirrel Proofwhich has the seed tube within a cage that has a locking system to keep the squirrels from opening the lid to get at the food. The Perky-Pet Fortress Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder also uses the squirrel weight to close off the feeding ports.
If you are into high tech and can afford it, the Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder is solar powered and shocks the squirrel who dares to attempt to steal seed from it. And you get to push the remote and deliver the static charge!
So the bottom lines are 1. do you want to keep your current feeder? 2 Is your feeder mounted on a pole or hanging from a tree? or 3. do you want a replacement feeder with squirrel proofing? #4 might be do you want to feed the squirrels somewhere away from the bird feeder in the hope that a full stomach might keep them out of the seed?
If you need help, please write or phone us. Go to our website to see the many options you have.
Thanks again for your question.