Some operate by the squirrel s weight and automatically shut such as brome s squirrel buster bird feeder. Squirrels are acrobatic creatures and can jump from a branch to the bird feeder.
I recommend using a shepherds hook or pole to place it in your yard away from trees.
How to get rid of squirrels at the bird feeder. 7 invest in a squirrel proof feeder. In order to deter the squirrels from doing a tight rope trick use a plastic one to two liter size soda bottle thread through the wire on each side of the feeder. To assist your efforts in preventing squirrels from getting into your bird feeder you can squirrel proof bird feeder pole by installing a baffle to the top of the feeder if it is hanging from a wire or chain or at the bottom of the feeder if you mount it on a post.
Even if you have a squirrel proof bird feeder pole see the next tip if your feeder is placed near a. You should place your feeder at least 10 feet away from fences bushes or trees. Place bird feeders away from trees.
The bottles will end up rolling the squirrels right off as they approach your feeder. Hang a feeder from a thin horizontal wire strung with spinners to keep squirrels from climbing across the wire. Out in the market there are plenty of squirrel proof bird feeders that are designed to block squirrels from eating the seeds inside.
Others are constructed in chew proof metal and a wraparound cage like audubon s squirrel proof caged tube bird feeder. Squirrels can easily jump up to seven feet horizontally. Spinners may be a line of empty thread spools short lengths of pipe or hose or empty plastic bottles strung along the wire that will spin and keep squirrels from accessing the feeder.