Squirrels are smart, acrobatic, creative animals. Their teeth can chew through any plastic, some metals, and all wood. If there’s a lid to your feeder that can open they’ll find a way to open it. A squirrel can fall over 30 feet from tree to ground and survive without missing a beat. They can jump too. Impressive little animals.
Here are 5 ways to make sure the squirrels get less of your bird seed than your birds:
- Safflower: Cardinals and many other native song birds love it. Squirrels don’t. They will avoid a feeder filled with it.
- Suet cage: There is a cage specifically designed to thwart the squirrel. The chicadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers are free to pig out. Check it out, first image on the right. It works great.
- Suet box: This is a DIY project. Cut a 5" by 5" square hole in a 3' x 3' piece of plywood. Screw a wooden box to the top of the plywood. Make one of the sides of your box open with a loose nail connector. Put half of a traditional suet cage at at the bottom of the box showing through the 5" by 5" square hole. Load your suet cakes into the box. The woodpeckers, nuthatches, and wrens can hang upside down from the bottom.
- Squirrel proof feeders: There are a ton of these. Not all of them work. These two do. First is the squirrel proof sunflower seed feeder, second is this squirrel proof thistle feeder.
- Hummingbird feeders: Squirrels couldn’t care less about hummingbird nectar. Any feeder will suffice. I like this one because it is inexpensive and made of quality materials.