The 8 Best Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeders of 2022

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A squirrel-proof bird feeder offers a source of nourishment for your feathered friends while deterring backyard squirrels from stealing the bounty. 

We researched and tested the best squirrel-proof bird feeders available online, evaluating ease of setup, size, and durability. Our top pick, the Brome Squirrel Solution Wild Bird Feeder, is sturdy, easy to fill, and chew-proof. 

Here are the best bird feeders.

Final Verdict

The best overall squirrel-proof bird feeder is the Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Motorized Squirrel Proof Feeder (view at Amazon). The sleek design, seed capacity, and rechargeable battery-powered motor, which sends squirrels flying, make it a winner for any backyard. For an effective, budget-friendly option, we recommend the Brome Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder (view at Amazon). It is weather- and rust-proof and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.


If squirrels are a problem in your yard, never select a bird feeder or a mounting pole made from wood— even treated wood. Squirrels can gnaw through the wood in just a few days. The most durable feeder materials are powder-coated metals that prevent rust, and resins that are UV-resistant to prevent fading and yellowing.

Mounting Options

Look at the location you’d like to place the feeder. Do you prefer a hanging or pole-mounted feeder? If you choose a hanging feeder, a freestanding pole and hook are more squirrel-proof than the branch of a tree. 

Seed Capacity

Smaller feeders require frequent refills. Consider how easy the feeder is to access and fill. Do you need a step ladder? 

Bird Species

Feeders with protective cages are best for small songbirds because they can slip through the cages that keep the squirrel out to reach the seed or suet. Look at the size of the openings to determine if larger cardinals and tanagers can access the seed.

If you enjoy feeding larger birds, like blue jays, mockingbirds, or woodpeckers, then a feeder with an open-air weighted perch seed tray design is a better choice.


  • Squirrel-proof bird feeders work in various ways. While some have a motor that’s triggered by a squirrel’s weight, others have certain materials that make it hard for pests to latch onto. Other common kinds of squirrel-proof feeders are caged feeders and pole-mount feeders. Caged feeders are excellent options because they’re chew-resistant. Pole-mounted feeders can be great as long as they’re kept away from jumping-off places squirrels can easily access.

  • You can wash most squirrel-proof feeders with warm water and dish soap. Take apart your feeder first and empty any leftover seeds. Use a toothbrush or toothpick to get seeds out of any hard-to-reach areas. You can then use a brush to scrub down the parts with warm water and dish soap. After rinsing all the parts, leave them out to air dry completely before refilling the feeder.

  • Although some feeders are squirrel-proof, not all resist other large mammals. Depending on which kinds of animals live around your area, you may need to take extra precautions. Some mammals, including squirrels, are sensitive to spices, but birds are not. You may consider adding cayenne pepper or other spices to your seeds to help keep them away. If you have bears in your area, place your feeder on a sturdy metal pole at least 10 to 12 feet high to keep them away.

Mary Marlowe Leverette researched and wrote this roundup. She is a Master Gardener with extensive personal and professional experience testing, reviewing, and writing about home and garden products. A fan of squirrels, but only in the forest, you can find more of her work on The Spruce.

Disclaimer: Curated and re-published here. We do not claim anything as we translated and re-published using google translator. All images and Tattoo Design ideas shared only for information purpose.

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