As soon as you start feeding the birds, odds are the problems start. Squirrels get into your bird feeders, eat all of the seed, then start chewing them up. Here are some solutions to help keep the squirrels away.
- While there are few feeders which are really "Squirrel Proof", many are very good at deterring squirrels. The best ones I've ever used mechanically deter squirrels, either by thowing the squirrel from the feeder or by closing the feeding port, when an animal heavier than a bird is "perched" on the feeder. Here are the best squirrel proof bird feeders carried at Barn in the Sticks:
- If you have a hanging bird feeder, you can also use a squirrel dome or squirrel baffle above the feeder, you can also use one below the feeder if the bird feeder is placed on a pole or post.
- When some people are so annoyed by squirrels getting to their bird feeders, they go to great lengths, including using axle grease on the bird feeder pole to keep squirrels from climbing up, we have a healthier solution. Squirrel Slip. Squirrel Slip is a blend of coconut and soy bean olis, which causes the pole to be slick, so squirrels can't climb up to the feeder.
- Another solution to squirrels is to provide them a place of their own to feed. If squirrels can become acrobats to get to your bird seed, why not make the squirrel feeders fun to watch? We have a great variety of entertaining squirrel feeders for YOUR enjoyment!
- Finally, you can add an additive to your bird seed. While birds don't mind hot pepper seeds, squirrels and other small mammals hate them. Birds don't have the same taste buds as mammals, so an additive like Cole's Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce works well to deter them. Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce is available in 8 and 16 ounce bottles, and is not expensive. Just a couple tablespoons mixed with 5 pounds of seed is enough to deter squirrels. Barn in the Sticks also has other additives and spiced bird seed nuggets to help deter squirrels from your bird feeders.