Bird Feeder House Baffles, Squirrel, Raccoon Guards
Bird feeder and house squirrel, raccoon baffle predator guards. Hanging, post & 4x4. Stop squirrel raccoons from raiding your bird feeders or birdhouses where they can harm eggs or baby birds. Hanging or pole mount baffles.
Bird feeder and house guards to thwart squirrels. Keep squirrels from raiding your bird feeders with overhead squirrel baffles for hanging houses and feeders, or pole baffles for pole mounted houses and feeders. Squirrels will also get into birdhouses! Baffles help protect squirrels from accessing birdhouses where they can harm eggs or baby birds. Included are hummingbird feeder guards.
Squirrel Problems at Feeders
Squirrels live everywhere in the United States and eventually most backyard bird watchers will find themselves doing battle with the little bushy tailed critters. They come to our feeders, are amazingly brazen athletes and eat large amounts of birdseed along with damaging our expensive bird feeders. A squirrel can do a lot of damage to a feeder in a very short amount of time. They will also hog the feeding stations and keep smaller, less assertive avian friends from getting a chance to eat. There are steps you can take to keep squirrels from your feeders.
Feeder placement is perhaps the most important issue you need to consider when attempting to keep squirrels out of your stations. A squirrel will access a feeder from three directions: they will leap horizontally, jumping as high as eight feet straight up in the air from the ground, they will leap horizontally, launching themselves from their chosen launching pad such as a nearby tree trunk or they drop down from above onto a feeder from as far as eleven feet above the feeding station. To be successful at thwarting squirrels you must insure that all three of these access routes are blocked. If they find access in one of these three manners, they will make it a habit and it will quickly become a squirrel highway to your seed. We have all seen squirrels in action and they are incredible acrobats with an amazing ability to crash hard, get right back up and try again.
If you are going to hang a bird feeder from a tree limb or a Branch, make certain that the limb which supports the feeder is isolated and outside a squirrels jumping limits. This can be done on some trees which have isolated limbs extending out a distance beyond the trunk of the tree. We have found that deciduous tree branches can be best for supporting hanging feeders, while conifers or pines do not make a good choice as they have a dense, more compact branch structure which makes it almost impossible to adequately isolate a feeder.
Hanging feeders from a roof, overhang or porch is hard to protect. Pay attention to the surfaces and distances away that a squirrel can use as a launching pad to get to the feeder. They can climb wood, metal poles, stucco and even sometimes siding on a house. Look for overhead areas a squirrel can drop down onto a feeder from located above your chosen spot.
Squirrel Baffles to Protect Feeders & Bird Houses
If you have squirrel problems, a baffle on your feeder or bird house is an important addition in winning the war against the cute commandos. A baffle is an obstruction which is made of metal or a heavy, thick plastic to prevents the squirrel from reaching the feeder or bird house. A baffle for a hanging bird feeder is disk or cone shaped and positioned like an umbrella over the hanging feeder so that the squirrels may not have access from the top. The cone or dome shape keeps them from getting a foot hold if they were to drop down from above. A pole baffle can be a disk, cone, wide flat tray or long can shaped tube which fits directly to the pole and prevents squirrels from climbing the pole itself.
If a hanging feeder is used, the baffle must be placed directly above the feeder, usually on the same chain in order to prevent the squirrels from climbing down the chain and onto the feeder. The baffle should act like a hat or umbrella over the feeding station. Place the feeder at least three feet below the supporting item from which the feeder is hung. The chain or wire used should be heavy and strong, with a quality s hook in order to support the weight of the feeder, bird food and a squirrel when it attempts to climb down the chain. Nylon or cotton rope is not a good idea as a squirrel will simply chew through this and crash your feeder to the ground. If the hanging feeder is hung from a tree limb, use a piece of rubber sheeting or hose to wrap the limb in in order to protect it.
Pole-mounted feeders positioned in open sites away from any launching pads a squirrel can use to leap onto or drop down on a feeder. This is rather a test as birds still like some perching nearby! Use a pole mounted baffle on the pole, placing it at least four feet above the ground, positioned below the feeder. A metal or wooden post or pole is no challenge for a squirrel to climb.