6 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders [That ACTUALLY Work!]

There are LOTS of bird feeders that claim to be squirrel proof.


It’s an effective marketing term because companies know it’s something everyone wants to hear.


 But finding a squirrel proof bird feeder that actually works is kind of hard.


Think about it:


The feeder has to allow birds to feed comfortably AND, at the same time, stop squirrels from eating.

*Skip Ahead to the list of the BEST squirrel proof bird feeders!*

But squirrels are incredibly smart, especially when it comes to eating from your bird feeders. They are patient, athletic, acrobatic, relentless, and also feature sharp teeth that can chew through almost anything.

The Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

As I said before:


It is incredibly difficult to find the best squirrel proof bird feeders!


After experimenting at my home, talking to other backyard birders, reading books, and doing my diligent research online, I am ready to release my list of the best squirrel proof bird feeders.


But first, I think it’s important to provide a bit of education. There are different ways that bird feeders use to keep squirrels off from eating.


Here are the 4 strategies you will see utilized by squirrel-proof bird feeders.


1. Weight Sensitive Perches:


The most popular method and extremely effective in my yard!


Almost all birds that come to your backyard are much lighter than squirrels. For example, Blue Jays weigh approximately 3 oz, and they are one of the larger birds that visit backyard feeders.


But the common Gray Squirrel weighs anywhere between 14 oz to 29 oz, which is more massive than basically all your common feeder birds.


Many squirrel proof bird feeders take advantage of this enormous weight difference between birds and squirrels by featuring weight sensitive perches. 


Typically, the perches are attached to a spring on the feeder. Once a certain amount of weight is put on the perches, then a door or wall is activated and will come down and close off access to the bird food. (View feeder #1 below for a video demonstration.)


Birds can land and eat until their bellies are full, but as soon as a squirrel puts their greedy paws onto the bird feeder, access to the food is closed off!


2. Cages:


Buying a bird feeder that is surrounded by a cage is almost 100% guaranteed to keep squirrels away!


Here’s how it works:


The openings in the cage are large enough for small birds but too tiny for squirrels to fit their bodies through.

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Audubon Caged Tube Feeder


The biggest downside to cages is that they also prevent larger birds from feeding. Only smaller backyard birds will be able to fit, like goldfinches, sparrows, and chickadees.


And cages are also useful for keeping blackbirds away!


3. Battery Powered Feeders That Spin:


This style gets my vote for the most entertaining squirrel proof bird feeders!


When a squirrel jumps onto the feeder, the internal motor is activated by the rodent’s weight, and immediately starts spinning!


Squirrels will try their best to hang on as long as possible, but eventually, they will lose and get flung off.


This below video demonstrates the concept of a spinning squirrel proof feeder. Every time I watch, I can’t help but smile.


The biggest negative with this type of feeder is the fact you have to change the batteries periodically.


4. Electric Shock:


These are similar to the squirrel proof feeders that spin above, except with one notable difference.

Instead of spinning the squirrels around, it provides them with a mild shock when activated. Don’t worry; no squirrels have ever been harmed because of these bird feeders.


You will not see any squirrel proof feeders that utilize electric shock in my list below. The reason for this is because I have not tested, talked to anyone, or read enough positive reviews to be convinced a specific model deserved to be included. If this changes, then I will add one to the list!


The 6 Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders


#1.  Absolute II Bird Feeder   Buy Now/View Price


The Absolute II is one of my favorite bird feeders and the center of my backyard feeding station.


How does it prevent squirrels?


The perches are weight-sensitive and close if a squirrel climbs on the feeder. It’s also made of steel so they can’t chew their way inside.


Here’s a video showing how the weight-sensitive perches work:

*You can typically see this squirrel-proof feeder on my bird feeders camera! – Watch LIVE here*


Here are some other reasons I recommend the Absolute II.

  • This large hopper bird feeder is where I put my general bird seed mix (sunflower, peanut pieces, safflower, and white millet) that is designed to attract as many species as possible. I love that it holds up to 12 pounds of bird food!


  • It is simple to refill and clean. The top lid unlatches easily to open.


  • The seed is protected from the rain. I have no problems with seed spoilage due to moisture or dampness.


  • The perches are adjustable to different weight sensitivities, which allows you to also prevent large and medium-sized birds (like blackbirds!) from eating.


#2. Yankee Flipper by Droll Yankees



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The Yankee Flipper gets my vote for the most fun squirrel proof bird feeder!


How does it prevent squirrels?


It spins them off when activated! When enough weight is put on the perches, the internal, battery-powered motor comes alive and gently tosses the squirrels from the feeder. Don’t worry; birds are light enough to feed and not set off the motor.


Since the tube is 21 inches in length, it’s long enough that squirrels can’t hang down from the top to eat without activating the feeder and making it spin. I also like that it also holds up to 5 pounds of bird food, so you shouldn’t have to refill every day.


The biggest complaint with the Yankee Flipper is the constant need to recharge and eventually replace the battery every few years.


Droll Yankee’s also offers a Lifetime Warranty on any parts that were damaged by squirrels and a 1-year warranty on the electronic components for the Yankee Flipper.


#3. Audubon Caged Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

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One look at this bird feeder, and you know how it prevents squirrels!


The squares in the cage measure 1.5 in x 1.5 in, which is much too small for squirrels to fit through, except maybe an occasional juvenile. It lets most songbirds through, and your birds should not have much trouble getting used to flying through the new metal cage.


FYI, this feeder is also going to stop Blue Jays, doves, grackles, and all but the smallest starlings from eating.


This specific feeder from Audubon holds about 1.25 lbs of bird food.


#4. Brome Squirrel Buster Standard



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In the world of squirrel-proof bird feeders, Brome is one of the most popular and trusted brands out there. Their specialty is stopping squirrels, and basically, every style of feeder they offer does not allow these rodents to eat!


It was hard to narrow down the best Brome squirrel proof feeders because they are all great for their intended purpose, which is keeping squirrels off your bird feeder.


Once you see how Brome products work, it’s easy to see why squirrels can’t eat. The weight of a squirrel anywhere on the feeder body closes access to the seed ports.


The reason I chose the Squirrel Buster Standard is simple. It works as advertised, and I have owned it for a few years and have never once seen a squirrel eating on it.


Here is what I don’t like:


The Squirrel Buster Standard is one of the best squirrel-proof bird feeders, but its dedication to preventing squirrels comes at a cost.


It’s sort of a pain to refill.


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To accomplish, I have to take apart the top to get access to the tube, typically putting the parts on the grass as I am refilling (see photo above). Winter is when I notice the extra effort the most because I have to take my gloves off. My hands get cold, and I am always afraid I am going to lose a part in the snow.


#5. Brome Squirrel Solution 200

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The Squirrel Solution is another fantastic squirrel proof feeder made by Brome. As discussed in feeder #4 above, they are one of the industry leaders in squirrel prevention.


Personally, I like the appearance of this feeder and the fact it holds up to 3.4 pounds of bird food.


As with all products from Brome, it features their limited lifetime guarantee against defective parts or squirrel damage. Call them, and they will send out a replacement piece.


#6. Wild Birds Unlimited Eliminator


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Wild Birds Unlimited is one of my favorite stores. They always feature quality products, fresh bird food, and the staff is knowledgeable and accommodating.


So it’s not surprising that their squirrel proof bird feeder is one of the best available, designed and perfected over the years by their founder, Jim Carpenter.


It’s weight-sensitive, allowing birds to feed but instantly closes with the weight of a squirrel. It features six seed ports, holds 3.5 quarts of seed, and has one continuous perch around the entire base.


Here’s a great video of the Eliminator in action!


Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders Will Save You Money


If you hadn’t noticed, the best squirrel proof feeders above are not the cheapest. It’s true; you are going to pay more money to make sure these ravenous rodents can’t access your bird food.


That’s why buying a squirrel proof bird feeder is truly an investment.


I’m not sure exactly how much food a squirrel eats per day, as it varies between different species, but I do know that it is way more than your typical bird. If these voracious furballs get full access to your feeders, they are going to consume A LOT of pricey bird food. After a while, this puts a serious dent in your wallet.


Purchasing an effective squirrel proof bird feeder will actually save you money by not allowing squirrels to eat and waste half of your food.


Final Thoughts and Conclusion


As you can tell, I am a big believer in purchasing a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and this list of the best should give you a great start finding the perfect addition to your backyard.


But squirrels are a worthy opponent. They are not defeated easily, and they are not going to let their free and easy food get taken away without a fight!


In my backyard, I combine squirrel proof bird feeders along with a few other strategies that prevent squirrels. Having multiple approaches seems to work best when trying to defeat these relentless and determined mammals.


Before you go, can you help make this article better and answer these questions?


What squirrel-resistant bird feeders do you recommend?


Which type of squirrel proof feeder works best for you?

  • (weight-sensitive perches, cages, spinning feeders, or electrical shock)


Thanks for reading, and good luck!



26 responses to “6 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders [That ACTUALLY Work!]”

  1. Cathy says:

    Cage feeds are a danger to squirrels. A squirrel got its foot caught and was hurting, couldn’t release it. I took the feeder and attached squirrel ( put in a large box) to a nearby vet. He was sedated so the vet could safely and humanely dislodge it’s foot. The squirrel was released into the woods behind the vet’s once. I threw the cage feeder away.

  2. Brett says:

    I own 3 of the Brome Squirrel Buster feeders and Cardinals seem to like the Brome Squirrel Buster Standard even over the specific Cardinal feeder (Brome Squirrel Buster Plus). Plus the Standard is much easier to clean that the 200.

  3. keepitsimple says:

    Totally happy with the Brome 200. No squirrel problems and it’s easy to refill. I just recommend placing the feeder in a large aluminum tin while refilling to catch seed coming out of openings. However, this doesn’t work for cardinals and blue jays since they are tray/hopper feeders. Recommendations?

  4. Jan says:

    I’ve had the same problem. Red squirrels and young fox squirrels can get in.

  5. Lorraine says:

    I put a slinky on the pole below the feeder. Works like a charm.

  6. Pat Nelson says:

    #3 doesn’t work if you have red squirrels or flying squirrels. I took a photo of a red squirrel very smugly snuggled safely INSIDE one of those cage feeders.

  7. Diane says:

    Try the Super Stop A Squirrel bird feeder. You can Google it or go to Duncrafts website. They sell them for $49.99. I have had one for 20 years and the squirrels have not been able to figure it out. The feeder has a sloped roof and weighted perch you can adjust.

  8. Mary says:

    I use a 4 x 4 post with 8feet of aluminum pipe wrapped around it. I also have a metal mixing bowl converted to a baffle. The squirrels can’t get up the metal sheeting but in winter I have to keep the snow removed from the base of the pole so they can’t jump from the ground. Also, I don’t have any trees near the pole. Works like a charm.

  9. Deborah Van Ness says:

    I have determined that that is also true of the wire-and-tube type, as well. If a squirrel can get purchase adjacent to these feeders, they can just hang upside-down and drain your feeder in short order. I finally bit the bullet and got the Wild Birds Unlimited Eliminator. It is pricey, but so far no squirrels have successfully breached. And, boy, they’ve tried everything from every angle!

  10. Robert Koch says:

    I just now rubbed canola oil all over the Shepherd’s Hook that my seed feeder hangs from. We’ll see what happens.

  11. Jim D. says:

    I’ve seen squirrels take a flying leap at the pole, hitting it hard enough to shake seeds loose from the feeder. Then it’s chow time at ground level. They only get a small amount at a time, so at least they can’t easily pig out and empty the feeder, but it goes to show just how clever the little buggers can be.

  12. Martha Cook says:

    I have been researching for a squirrel proof feeder but also pigeons proof one as well. I live close to town . The pigeons hog out on the bird food and drive away the little birds. I appreciate the comments . I learned a lot from them.

  13. CPorasik says:

    I have the drill rechargeable and to recharge you have to empty the feeder, take apart the bottom then plug it in for 14-24 hours. Pain in the butt! They should have a covered port to recharge battery. I HAD to recharge every week or so. It was fun watching the squirrels spin but I’m iver it and the feeder now. On th the next….

  14. Colette Kelly says:

    Lucky you and your birds … could your squirrels send the memo to mine, who don’t care about what they are eating, except for the “hot” recipes – that loose their hotness very fast! In fact, they seem to particularly enjoy safflower seeds.

  15. jennasmiles says:

    I changed from pricey birdseed to safflower seeds… the squirrels left 🙂

  16. Tom T says:

    I bought a dog zapper collar and mounted it under my feeder, wired to the weighted doors. So when the squirrels get on it and it closes, it also gives them a nice shock. And I also have the remote, in case they get cute and try and figure out a a way around it. Collar cost less than $20 and has a rehargeable battery.

  17. Elaine Luikart says:

    Dont the squirrels chew through the $15 plastic dome type baffles.

  18. Colette Kelly says:

    I had to give up on my Absolute II feeder because the squirrels learned how to hand upside down from the top of its roof and empty it totally in one day – that is a lot of pricey and excellent bird food! Now I rely only on the Brome and Wild Birds Unlimited ones. I invested in extra wide arms to install on my pole because last winter, when the snow was deep enough, the squirrels were able to jump on top of the baffle and lean from there to bypass the weight activated perches. They also found that they can spin these feeders so that the seed spills on the ground, making an easy and less acrobatic dinner. At the same time, they were welcome at the table hopper and even had their own corn webs – but they always seem to want more and to invite more friends. Last winter, I counted 26 black ones and 6 grey ones at the same time at my bird feeding station – that is a lot of hungry furry bellies!
    As to chipmunks, they have never be able to get over the baffles, so they content themselves with the food on both hoppers and what the birds spill on the ground.
    I am tempted by the Droll Yankees, can anybody tell me how often you have to recharge the batteries? Do you have to take the feeder down every night?

  19. Carol says:

    I had hoped that our hopper feeder with the weight activated door would stop our squirrels. Unfortunately, our squirrels have learned to sit on top of the feeder house, then lean over the front to access the food without having to lean on the weight activated perch. 😡. Darn squirrels! Time for hot meals.

  20. Taylor says:

    Yes I want one I also have chipmunks problem will it still work

  21. J K Weigle says:

    I’ve got the squirrels under control. The best thing was getting a metal roof. The used to come over the roof to get to the feeders. Now my problem is chipmunks. They are too light to activate the weight bars. Any ideas??

  22. Reed Farish says:

    I’d probably choose the weight sensitive one I like watching the birds including blue jays eat at the suet feeder our old seed feeder the squirrels chewed through the glass and the lid wouldn’t fit on it

  23. Diane says:

    Yep Karen and Scott, I totally agree with you both! I was totally going to buy one…till I saw the price…just too steep for what you get. But then again, the entertainment value might make it worth while lol

  24. Karen Steward says:

    I laughed at the pic of the squirrel above as he stretches to the feeder. I purchased the ever-clever weight sensitive perch feeder, thinking my squirrel problem would be solved, after all, I have a feeder of corn and nuts specifically for the squirrels, yet they’ve always chosen to dine at both restaurants! The weight sensitive feeder would be my answer, until it wasn’t. Seems the squirrels are the ever-clever ones, as they outsmart ever human endeavor when it comes to feeders. My senstive perch feeder had only been hanging two days when I came outside just in time to see a squirrel regular, his weight securely settled on the tree while his body was stretched to the max to the feeder, with one little paw resting above the perch area while he lapped up seeds without ever touching the trigger. Sigh.

  25. Karen A. Hobbs says:

    I would love to have one of the Flipping Bird Feeders , but can’t afford one !! Don’t you think that price of $149 is a little bit exaggerated ??!!?? $69 or $79 would be more believable and affordable !! 🙁 🙁 🙁

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