Defeat 'Em or Feed 'Em

They may have a reputation for making bird feeding less enjoyable, however, squirrels aren’t going away any time soon. Perhaps by looking at them from a different perspective, you can begin to appreciate, if not enjoy, squirrels and their behaviors.

Squirrels are one of the most curious and adaptable animals to be found anywhere and they are unmatched in their problem-solving ability to defeat many so-called "squirrel proof" feeders! Squirrels can jump up to five feet vertically and ten feet between trees or structures. They have the ability to cling from objects with their back foot toes (with support from their tail) which allows them to hang upside-down and eat. They certainly keep our Certified Bird Feeding Specialists on their toes in order to provide you with the latest and greatest advice on how to keep your bird food and feeders safe from these rascally rodents!

So, if you want to keep squirrels from bothering your bird feeding setup, we have the foods, feeders and accessories to confuse and confound even the most brilliant squirrel in your neighborhood. And if you decide to raise the white flag and enjoy their amazing antics, we have lots of fun and functional squirrel feeders that will brighten up both their day and yours, too.

Defeat 'Em

They are incredibly intelligent little buggers but they can be beat!

Hot Pepper Products:

Birds love our exclusive seed cylinders and no-melt suet cylinders & cakes. Unfortunately, so do many nimble, furry backyard inhabitants. Well, no more! We've added some heat to our bird food. While birds such as finch, sparrows and jays readily eat foods containing hot pepper, pesky critters will shy away from them.

For best results, use a cylinder feeder with a roof to prevent the hot pepper from being washed off or diluted by the weather.

What can be done to keep the squirrels out of your loose seed? Add some spice to loose seed with Cole's Flaming Squirrel Hot Pepper Seed Sauce! A 100% safe for the birds liquid that when added to seed repels the squirrels and leaves the feeder open for your feathered friends.

Squirrel Resistant Feeders:

Protect your bird seed bounty from squirrels with one of our squirrel-resistant bird feeders. Most of them work the same way: When a squirrel hangs on the feeder its' weight closes the feeding ports, effectively dashing the dreams of an easy lunch for the furry fiend.

They come in a variety of sizes from the Squirrel Buster Mini (pictured at right) which holds 3/4 qts. of seed to our best seller the Eliminator (see video below) which holds 3 1/2 qts. We have a squirrel-resistant feeder just right for whatever size flock you have visiting your yard.



There are essentially two ways of protecting your existing feeders with external hardware: hanging them beneath a dome baffle, or hanging them from a pole fitted out with a pole-mounted baffle.

Dome Baffles: Large, smooth domes cannot be crossed by squirrels. Smaller domes made as rain guards may not work as squirrel baffles, though they can be effective against smaller rodents. The major caveat to this approach is that it will not work if squirrels can access the feeder by jumping from the side (any tree branches or structures within 8–10 ft. are potential access routes): their only path to the feeder must be by climbing down from above.

Pole Baffles: If you hang your feeders from a freestanding pole, you can use a pole-mounted baffle to prevent squirrels from climbing up (poles without baffles are not squirrel-proof). If you have multiple feeders on one pole set-up, this can be a cost-effective solution since you only need a single baffle to protect all your feeders. As with dome baffles you must have a minimum of 8–10 ft. of clearance on all sides of the pole.

Visit us for more details and help choosing the best baffle.

Safflower Seed:

Safflower is a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Many favorite backyard birds - including jays, House Finches, doves, nuthatches - savor safflower. Blackbirds, grackles and squirrels typically do not.

Start by offering safflower gradually, mixing it with the seed or seed blends you currently provide. Over time increase the amount of safflower until you are offering straight safflower. The seed looks and tastes different from other bird seed, so it may take your birds some time to adjust.