Best Bird Feeders For Cardinals Review 2018

Nature Gear Window Bird Feeder

When it comes to cardinals, regular bird feeders aren’t always the best. What kind of bird feeders should you be looking for then?

If that’s the question that you have been asking yourself, then our today’s material will surely be helpful for you! We are going to present you with 10 feeders that we consider the best bird feeders for cardinals. To help you a little bit with understanding which bird feeder you should choose for attracting cardinals, we have also prepared a buying guide explaining everything you need to know!

The Top 10 Bird Feeders We Reviewed

  1. Perky-Pet No/No Red Cardinal Bird Feeder
  2. Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Ring
  3. Roamwild PestOff Red Squirrel Proof Cardinal Bird Feeder
  4. Perky-Pet 325S
  5. Planted Perfect Crystal Clear Bird Feeder
  6. Nature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder
  7. Droll Yankees Bird Feeder
  8. Droll Yankee DCF Dorothys Cardinal Feeder
  9. Nature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder with High Pitched Roof
  10. Nature Gear Window Bird Feeder

10 Best Bird Feeders For Cardinals Review

Perky-Pet No/No Red Cardinal Bird FeederPerky Pet Red Cardinal Bird Feeder

The first feeder on our reviews of best bird feeders for cardinals has an iconic appearance: Perky-Pet No/No cardinal bird feeder comes in red color, which is the color of cardinals, if you didn’t know.

The name No/No comes from the fact that this cardinal bird feeder has no wooden or plastic components. Instead, it is completely built from metal. This allows for good durability, as well as some protection from chewing of squirrels, though keep in mind that this feeder isn’t designed to be squirrel proof.

No/No Red Cardinal Bird Feeder holds 2.5 lbs. of black oil sunflower seed, which can allow you to worry about refills less frequently. This bird feeder has a mesh that is specifically designed to allow birds to take out sunflower seeds. You could also easily use smaller bird seed if you want though!

No/No cardinal bird feeder has a rather roomy perch that can accommodate as many as 15 birds at once. Apart from that, this bird feeder is equipped with a large overhang that functions as a rain shield. Even if rainwater manages to get to the seeds, the drain holes at the bottom of the feeder won’t allow water to accumulate.

Pros:

  • Feeds up to 15 birds at once.
  • Good sunflower seed capacity.
  • Durable all-metal design.
  • Easy to refill and clean.
  • Has built-in drain holes.
  • Equipped with a large overhang.

Cons:

  • Not the best choice if you have a squirrel problem.

Brome Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal RingBrome Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Ring

Up next on our reviews is Brome Squirrel Buster Plus with cardinal ring. This is a rather nice choice of a cardinal bird feeder. But apart from feeding birds, it also has some means to protect the seeds from squirrels and large birds!

The weight-activated squirrel protection of the Squirrel Buster Plus gets engaged under excessive weight, closing the feeding ports of the feeder. Additionally, you could adjust the weight sensitivity of the protection for it to get triggered from lighter or heavier weights.

Apart from that, the Squirrel Buster Plus is made from chew-proof materials, which can prevent squirrels from just chewing through the feeder to get access to the seeds.

What makes the Squirrel Buster Plus suitable for cardinals? The answer is the included cardinal ring that allows them to easily feed through one of the 6 feeding ports of the bird feeder.

In terms of capacity, the Squirrel Buster Plus is rather nice as it can take in about 5.1 lbs. of seeds!

Another advantage of the Squirrel Buster Plus is that taking it apart doesn’t require any tools, which in its turn makes cleaning or refilling this bird feeder extremely easy.

Interestingly, this cardinal bird feeder has a seed ventilation system, which makes sure that the seed stays fresh and doesn’t rot over prolonged periods of time.

Pros:

  • Great seed capacity.
  • Has squirrel protection.
  • Equipped with 6 feeding ports.
  • Made from durable materials.
  • Easy to take apart and clean/refill.
  • Has seed ventilation system.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • Can get messy when hanged due to the design of the feeding ports.

Roamwild PestOff Red Squirrel Proof Cardinal Bird FeederRoamwild PestOff Red Squirrel Proof Cardinal Bird Feeder

Roamwild cardinal bird feeder is a nice choice if you have not so large cardinal traffic in your area. Why so, you may ask?

This bird feeder comes with 2 feeding ports, which will surely be insufficient for a big number of birds. However, that won’t be a problem if there are not that many birds in your area in the first place!

Speaking of the feeding ports, they are equipped with weight-triggered squirrel protection that blocks off the ports once squirrels or large birds land on the feeder’s perches. Squirrel protection will surely be a nice addition if you have a squirrel problem in your area!

Roamwild PestOff red cardinal bird feeder has 2.6 lbs. of seed capacity, which works just right with the two feeding ports. Combined, they make pretty good of a bird feeder for areas with not so many cardinals.

Roamwild cardinal bird feeder has two overhangs, which allow for protection from rain, as well as make it more difficult for squirrels to just hang down from the feeder to avoid the weight-triggered squirrel protection. Apart from that, the materials of this cardinal bird feeder are weather-, rust-, UV-, and chew-proof.

In terms of cleaning and refilling, Roamwild PestOff bird feeder is rather convenient as it can be taken apart with no tools, so looking after this bird feeder will be a breeze!

Pros:

  • Squirrel proof.
  • Nice seed capacity.
  • Durable and weatherproof materials.
  • Built-in overhang.
  • Tool-free disassembly for easy refilling and cleaning.

Cons:

  • Has only 2 feeding ports.

Perky-Pet 325S Panorama Bird FeederPerky-Pet 325S Panorama Bird Feeder

Perky-Pet Panorama Bird Feeder is quite a unique feeder thanks to its interesting and sturdy design. This bird feeder has two tray-style feeding ports, which allow several birds at once to eat from the bird feeder. Apart from that, Panorama Bird Feeder has 8 seed dispensing ports in total that keep the trays filled with seeds.  Each of the trays has its own circular perch to allow cardinals, as well as other birds to feast.

You might think that if the trays are located on different levels, then there will be problems with seed supply. That isn’t the case because Perky-Pet Panorama Bird Feeder is equipped with two separate seed compartments. The good capacity of 4.5 lbs. allows you to think about refills not as frequently.

A remarkable feature of this bird feeder is its SureLock cap that is designed to prevent squirrels from accessing the seeds from the top. However, while the cap is rather effective against squirrels, this bird feeder isn’t the best choice if you want to get a cardinal bird feeder with squirrel protection.

Pros:

  • Two tray-style feeding ports.
  • Two separate compartments to supply both ports with seed.
  • Secure cap.
  • Holds 4.5 lbs. of seed.

Cons:

  • Not very pest proof.

Planted Perfect Crystal Clear Bird FeederPlanted Perfect Crystal Clear Bird Feeder

Now comes the first window bird feeder on our reviews of best bird feeders for cardinals! The main advantage of window bird feeders is that they allow you to have an up-close look at cardinals, but that isn’t everything great about window bird feeders!

This window bird feeder is equipped with two powerful suction cups to hold the feeder in place. While the suction cups are secure, you would have to make sure to install this bird feeder in a location that will allow you to clean and refill it without taking the feeder off, as it may compromise the suction power.

The roofed design provides the seeds with rain and wind protection. In terms of seed capacity, Planted Perfect window bird feeder isn’t the best feeder you can find as it accommodates 2-3 cups of bird food. It will work better for areas with low bird traffic.

Planted Perfect window bird feeder can also be completely squirrel proof if you install it in the right location. Otherwise, you can’t be sure that the seeds will be secure from those little pests as this bird feeder isn’t equipped with any means of squirrel protection.

Pros:

  • Powerful suction cups.
  • Provides a nice view of the birds having fun.
  • Easy setup and cleaning.
  • Has drain holes.
  • Provides the seeds with rain and wind protection.
  • Can be completely squirrel proof if mounted in the right place.

Cons:

  • Might be a bit difficult to refill.
  • Doesn’t hold many seeds.
  • Isn’t truly squirrel proof.

Nature’s Hangout Window Bird FeederNature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder

If you liked the previous window bird feeder but wanted more capacity, have a look at Nature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder! This one has about twice the capacity of Planted Perfect’s bird feeder, but that isn’t the only difference!

Another interesting feature of this window bird feeder is that it comes with a removable seed tray. Such a design can allow you to simply remove the tray when you need to refill it with seeds or to simply clean. However, bird seed can get stuck between the seed tray and the feeder’s body, which can be quite annoying as you will need to take care of them. Apart from that, the tray could just slide out because of the birds moving around.

Nature’s Hangout bird feeder is also equipped with drain holes that won’t allow rainwater to stay inside the feeder.

A bigger window bird feeder is heavier, so Nature’s Hangout added 3 suctions cups for the feeder to be able to hold on your window securely. Apart from that, the manufacturer nicely included 3 spare suction cups!

Pros:

  • Equipped with 3 suction cups.
  • Has bottom drain holes.
  • Comes with a removable tray for easier refilling and cleaning.
  • 3 spare suction cups included.
  • All-weather design.

Cons:

  • Seed can get stuck between the tray and the feeder.
  • Not squirrel proof.

Droll Yankees Bird FeederDroll Yankees Bird Feeder

Up next on our reviews of best bird feeders for cardinals is the first platform bird feeder we are going to be examining! This isn’t exactly a classical platform bird feeder in terms of appearance, but the concept is the same.

Because Droll Yankees Platform Bird Feeder doesn’t have any kind of squirrel protection, it will be a great choice if your area doesn’t have a pest problem. On the other hand, this platform bird feeder is quite good in terms of weather protection as it has an adjustable UV-resistant baffle and tray.

Speaking of the tray, it has quite a good capacity, which allows it to hold about 3 – 4 cups of bird seeds. This should allow this platform bird feeder to accommodate several cardinals at once without the need of too frequent refills.

Although the wide baffle protects the tray from rainwater, some still might get in. For such cases, Droll Yankees Platform Bird Feeder has drain holes to prevent the water from collecting in the tray, so the bird seed won’t rot and potentially harm your cardinals!

A big advantage of platform bird feeders is that they are exceptionally easy to refill and clean, and this bird feeder is no exception. After all, what does it take to just wash a couple of surfaces?

Pros:

  • Has an adjustable baffle.
  • Equipped with drainage holes.
  • UV-resistant tray and cover.
  • Easy to take care of.
  • Covered by a lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • No squirrel protection.
  • A little bit expensive.

Droll Yankee DCF Dorothys Cardinal FeederDroll Yankee DCF Dorothys Cardinal Feeder

This one is yet another Droll Yankee platform feeder for cardinals! DCF is pretty much identical to the previous Droll Yankee feeder, apart from the baffle, which has a semi-sphere form with this model. While such a design doesn’t necessarily mean that the baffle will work better against weather, it certainly makes DCF bird feeder pretty appealing.

Like the previous Droll Yankee bird feeder, the baffle of this one can be height adjusted. Lower positioning will allow you to exclude larger birds that you don’t want to feast on the seeds you put in the tray for the cardinals.

In terms of capacity, DCF is identical to the previous Droll Yankee platform bird feeder: it has a quart of seed capacity, which is equal to what most of the tubular bird feeders can offer. The tray also has drain holes that won’t let rainwater collect in the bird feeder.

Pros:

  • Large and adjustable baffle.
  • Nice seed capacity.
  • Easy to clean and refill.
  • Has drain holes.

Cons:

  • A bit pricey.
  • Not squirrel proof.

Nature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder with High Pitched RoofNatures Hangout Window Bird Feeder with High Pitched Roof

If you liked the Nature’s Hangout window feeder but weren’t quite satisfied with its capacity, then this one might be the right choice.

The tray of this bird feeder can accommodate about 4 cups of bird seeds, which is a rather good amount to feed cardinals without frequent refills with. Speaking of refills, they are very easy to do with this bird feeder as the tray can be removed for refilling, as well as for cleaning. Apart from that, the tray has two separate sections for you to put different kinds of seed in them.

On the other hand, as you already know, the downside of trays is that bird seeds can get stuck between the tray and the feeder.

A window bird feeder obviously is greatly capable of protecting the seeds from rain and wind. Besides, the tray is equipped with drainage holes that make sure that rainwater escapes the feeder.

Bigger capacity makes this bird feeder heavier, so no wonder that it is equipped with 4 powerful suction cups.

And in case you don’t like this bird feeder in the end, you can return it for a full refund thanks to its lifetime money back guarantee.

Pros:

  • Has a removable tray.
  • Has drainage holes.
  • Easy to clean and refill.
  • Equipped with 4 powerful suction cups.
  • Good seed capacity.
  • Lifetime money back guarantee.

Cons:

  • Not suitable for squirrel-rich areas.
  • Seeds can get between the tray and the feeder.

Nature Gear Window Bird FeederNature Gear Window Bird Feeder

And the last feeder on our reviews of best bird feeders for cardinals is a rather interesting model by Nature Gear!

As you could have noticed, this bird feeder features an opening in its rear. If you place the bird feeder in the right place, it might allow you to refill the tray without removing it. Even if you are not able to do that, an apparent advantage of the hole is that it can allow you to clearly view the cardinals even in rain when the inside walls of the feeder get covered by condensate.

Just like the majority of other window bird feeders we examined, Nature Gear Window Bird Feeder features a removable sliding tray to allow you to easily refill and clean it without the need for removing the whole feeder from your window.

A remarkable feature of this window bird feeder is that its perch isn’t built into the removable tray, like it was with the other window bird feeders we examined. This means that the birds won’t be able to accidentally slide out the tray while moving along the perch.

The perch’s design overall makes this window bird feeder less messy, though the cardinals may still toss some seeds in between the tray and the feeder, which you will have to remove.

Pros:

  • Could be refilled from inside the house.
  • The back hole can allow you to observe the birds clearer.
  • Has a removable sliding tray.
  • The perch isn’t a part of the tray.
  • Easy to clean and refill.

Cons:

  • The back hole doesn’t really help with refilling.
  • All the downsides of window bird feeders.

Your Cardinal Feeder Buying Guide

Choosing the right bird feeder can be rather confusing, and even more so when you are looking for a good bird feeder for your local cardinals. Although we have examined 10 best feeders for cardinals, you might still be wondering how you should approach the process of shortlisting those bird feeders. Well, if you don’t quite know what to do, let’s see what things you should be looking for when buying bird feeders for cardinals!

The Types

There are four main types of bird feeders for cardinals: platform, hopper/house, tubular, and window bird feeders. All of them can work exceptionally well in attracting cardinals and feeding them, but there may be some requirements of yours that could incline you towards buying one or the other.

Platform

Platform bird feeders are the most basic kind of bird feeders. A platform bird feeder essentially consists of a tray for bird seeds and a mount. The Droll Yankee bird feeders we reviewed today are good examples of platform bird feeders. They also show us that apart from the seed tray, platform bird feeders can have baffles for weather protection.

While platform bird feeders are exceptionally easy to install and afterwards clean & refill and also feature quite good seed capacity, they are the least reliable in terms of pest protection. Apart from that, if a platform feeder doesn’t have any roof or baffle, it won’t protect the seeds from wind and rainwater. If these questions are among your concerns, consider buying an appropriate platform feeder or simply avoid this type altogether.

Hopper/House

Hopper and house bird feeders typically offer the most seed capacity you can get from a bird feeder. Hopper/house bird feeders consist of a platform/perch for the birds to stand on while feeding, as well as the seed container with a large roof. These bird feeders are pretty easy to refill & clean and also offer a good amount of rain and wind protection thanks to their large roofs.

Some hopper/house bird feeders have pest protection. The protection is typically activated through the weight-sensitive perch that closes the feeding ports under the weight of squirrels, large birds, mice, and rats. So overall, hopper/house bird feeders can offer large capacity, good weather & pest protection, which will surely be of use for feeding cardinals.

Tubular

Tubular bird feeders are maybe the most common kind of bird feeders you can meet out there these days. As the name implies, tubular bird feeders consist of a vertical feeding tube that is filled with bird seeds. The food is then delivered to the birds through feeding ports installed on the walls of the feeder.

Tubular bird feeders offer low to medium capacity, good protection against weather, as well as pests, given that a tubular feeder has means of protection. For tubular bird feeders, pest protection can be realized through weight-triggering mechanisms, spinning perches, and/or caged design. Overall, tubular bird feeders offer a good balance of price, protection, and seed capacity.

Window

Window bird feeders deliver such features that no other type of bird feeder does: most importantly, window feeders allow you to observe the birds up close while they eat and have fun.

As the name implies, window bird feeders are installed by mounting the feeder on your window, which is done via the inbuilt suction cups. Window bird feeders offer not so much bird seed capacity, but because you won’t have to go far from the home to refill such a feeder, you might not even need to worry about the low capacity.

Speaking of refills, window bird feeders can have features that can aid you in taking care of the bird feeder, i.e. cleaning and refilling it. One of them is the removable tray that can be taken out of the feeder for refilling and washing when necessary. Without a removable tray, cleaning and refilling a window bird feeder might be much more difficult depending on the location you put it into.

However, with window bird feeders with removable trays, you may encounter the issue of bird seeds getting tossed around by the birds and stuck between the tray and the feeder. If left unnoticed, those seeds will rot and become harmful to the birds.

A general disadvantage of window bird feeders is that birds might need to go through empty shells of the seeds eaten previously by other birds. With other types of bird feeders, the seeds exit the feeder’s container while the birds eat, allowing them to dispose of the shells by just releasing them onto the ground. That isn’t the case with window feeders as the birds won’t bother turning around and throwing the shells out of the feeder, which might eventually make other birds’ eating so difficult that they may just leave. Hence, it is rather important to constantly take care of window bird feeders.

Another thing you won’t get with window bird feeders is pest protection. Window feeders almost never come with any kind of protection against squirrels and large birds, which makes these feeders unsuitable for areas with pest traffic. However, you can simply install a window bird feeder in a location that squirrels are never able to reach. Larger birds will still be a problem though if they can fit themselves on the perch.

Overall, a window bird feeder would a great choice for cardinals if you don’t mind taking care of it often and if you don’t have a pest issue in your area.

What Are Some Stuff To Look For?

Materials

Materials are rather important with any bird feeder. First of wall, materials dictate the structural integrity, as well as the durability of the bird feeder. The best materials such as powder-coated steel (which is what most of the bird feeders are made from) make bird feeders resistant to rust, corrosion, yellowing by UVs, as well as protect them from damage. In general, that’s what you should be going for.

Another aspect of durable and high-quality materials is the level of pest protection they deliver. This mostly relates to the material’s susceptibility to being chewed through or just broken apart, which is what you will have to worry about if your area is filled with squirrels.

Even if you don’t need all that additional protection, go for a bird feeder made from good materials as it will serve you much longer.

Size

The size of the bird feeder is rather important with cardinals. They are not the smallest of birds, and their free space requirements are set accordingly.

A bird feeder that is made specifically for cardinals won’t have any problems with the free space it provides for cardinals. For example, a really small window bird feeder would obviously be unsuitable for cardinals. On the other hand, because manufacturers develop bird feeders for as many kinds of birds as possible, you probably won’t have any issues with cardinals. However, you might want to check anyway for whether or not a bird feeder can accommodate them.

A thing you should pay special attention to is the perch of a bird feeder. Bird feeders for cardinals come with large perches, and there is a reason for that: as we mentioned, cardinals are more or less large and need space. With tubular and house bird feeders, if the perch isn’t large enough, cardinals simply won’t fit on them.

In case you like a bird seeder that doesn’t have a large perch, worry not as manufacturers typically offer add-on perches for larger birds such as cardinals.

Capacity

Larger birds need more food to be satisfied. Apart from that, the capacity plays a huge role in the frequency you will be refilling the bird feeder with. The bigger the capacity, the less frequently you will have to refill the bird feeder with seeds, and vice versa.

If you don’t want to be bothered that much with frequent refills, get a bird feeder with as much capacity as you might possibly need. Another factor you should be taking into account is the bird traffic in your area: obviously, the bigger it is, the more capacity you want to go for. However, capacity isn’t the only thing you should be looking for if your area has a lot of cardinals and birds in general. The more important feature is the number of feeding ports.

Number of feeding ports

The necessary number of feeding ports is dictated by the bird traffic in your area quite directly. Needless to say, the more birds you have in your area, the more feeding ports you want to have on your bird feeder. That is because if there are a lot of birds in your locality but your bird feeder hasn’t got enough ports, the birds will have to literally stand in line for food. Moreover, they might simply get bored of waiting and leave for the search for other bird feeders, and if they find a good one, they won’t come back for your feeder.

Hence, if there is heavy bird traffic in your area, go for a bird feeder with many feeding ports. The number of feeding ports generally goes from 1 – 2 to as many as 12 and even more.

Pest protection

With bird feeders for cardinals, you might either need or not need pest protection. This will be dictated by the presence of squirrels, large and undesirable birds, mice, and rats in your area. If your area has none of them, you don’t really need pest protection.

Otherwise, pest protection will be a must-have because getting seeds from unprotected bird feeders will be a piece of cake for pests. You might want to get a bird feeder for cardinals with pest protection anyway because pests could move to your area in the future.

There are three main types of pest protection in bird feeders:

  • Weight-triggered protection. Weight protection is triggered by the weight of the pests. In general, weight-activated protection mechanisms close the feeding ports as soon as a squirrel or a large bird lands on the perch of the bird feeder. However, some smart pests might be able to bypass the protection by just hanging down from the roof of the feeder, which could be prevented if the feeder has a roof with a good overhang. Apart from that, some bird feeders allow for the adjustment of the weight that triggers the mechanism, and this could help you mitigate the risk of the pests figuring out ways of getting round the perch.
  • Spinning perches. Bird feeders with spinning perches also rely on a weight trigger, but the mechanism is completely different. As soon as a pest lands on the perch, the inbuilt motor starts spinning the perch, which eventually forces the pest to let go of the perch.

Because feeding ports quite often spin along with the perch, a bird feeder with a spinning perch may just scatter the seed around, pretty much making the efforts of pests fruitful. This could be somewhat negated by just installing the feeder on a pole.

  • Cages. The last kind of pest protection relies on cages. Cages are commonly used with tubular bird feeders. Such feeders are basically enclosed by a cage, which is located at a distance from the feeding tube in order to prevent pests from just reaching in for the feeding ports. Some caged bird feeders lack that distance between the feeding tube and the cage, making it easier for the pests to just reach for the ports. You should avoid those if you want to be more secure.

In case of caged feeders, you should also ensure that the cage doesn’t have any openings in the wiring that could get the birds’ feet trapped. If the feeder does, you could just cover them with tape.

Baffle/roof

A protective baffle/roof is another thing you might want to be looking for. First of all, baffles provide the feeding ports of the bird feeder with protection from rain. You don’t want rain to get into the seeds because they will rot, unless the bird feeder has water drain holes (more on them next).

Apart from that, baffles/roofs with good overhang prevent squirrels from hanging down the bird feeder in order to bypass its protection mechanism. Generally, look for a bird feeder with a good overhanging roof.

Water drain holes

Water drain holes is a nice feature to have, though they are not mandatory. Well, if you will be taking care of the bird feeder often and remove the wet and rotten seeds from it. Otherwise, water drain holes will help you avoid rotting of the bird seeds because they won’t allow rainwater to collect in the bird feeder.

Benefits of Buying a Bird Feeder For Cardinals

More room for cardinals

Cardinals are no small birds, and they need more free space to conveniently eat from bird feeders. Bird feeders for cardinals are large enough and are equipped with roomy perches, allowing these birds to freely move around while eating. If cardinals feel comfortable, they will surely come back to your bird feeder in the future!

Can offer pest protection

You could just make a bird feeder for cardinals yourself, but will it be able to protect the seeds from pests? More often than not, it is much easier to simply go and buy a bird feeder with pest protection. Apart from saving your nerves and providing the birds with as much food as intend, a feeder with pest protection can save your money in the long run because if squirrels get the birds’ food, you will have to refill it more frequently. And if the pests just chew through the feeder, you may need to buy a new one.

Education

You might have a scientific interest, or maybe you are just curious about the behavior of cardinals. If so, a bird feeder for cardinals will provide you with great opportunities for learning about cardinals’ food habits, behavior, and whatnot!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to attract cardinals?

There are a lot of factors that could influence this. In general, you should make sure that you put high-quality bird food in your bird feeder. Apart from that, ensure that the bird feeder is large enough to allow cardinals to feed freely. And last but not the least, follow the general guidelines of installing bird feeders, e.g. put a water source nearby, keep the feeder away from cats and dogs, etc.

Will a red bird feeder attract more cardinals?

It may, but the color is certainly not the most important thing that attracts cardinals. Instead, pay more attention to the location you install the feeder in, the quality of the bird food, etc.

Will a bird feeder for cardinals attract other types of birds as well?

Absolutely, though it will depend on the bird food you serve them.

Did you find the absolute best bird feeder for cardinals? If so, do not hesitate and go get it! Otherwise, continue looking for one, and don’t forget all the points we described in our buying guide!

Bird Food Reviews: What’s The Best Bird Food In Market Now?

Whether you have a pet bird or just want to feed your backyard birds, you will need to use bird food. Most importantly, bird food is the best way to deliver all the essential nutrients to the birds. On the other hand, bird food helps attract more birds to your bird feeders.

For those who are looking for bird food, we are going to review 10 foods that we think are the best bird food products. We have made sure to review a variety of bird foods ranging from food for parrots to food for songbirds, so you may be able to find whatever you are looking for.

And in case you are a first-time bird food buyer, we have prepared a buying guide on bird food that explains its types, as well as things you should be wary of.

Not, let’s see what those 10 products are about!

Best Bird Foods In Market Now

  1. Wagner’s Farmer’s Delight Wild Bird Food
  2. Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food, 15 lb.
  3. Wagner’s Greatest Variety Blend, 16-Pound Bag
  4. Kaytee Birders’ Blend, 8-Pound Bag
  5. ZuPreem Medium Fruit Blend Bird Diet
  6. Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
  7. ZuPreem Natural Medium / Large Bird Food
  8. Pennington Ultra Fruit & Nut Blend Wild Bird Seed and Feed, 2.5 lbs.
  9. Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix – 5 lb. bag
  10. ZuPreem Natural Large Bird Food, 3-Pound

Our Top 10 Bird Food Reviews

Wagner’s Farmer’s Delight Wild Bird FoodWagners Farmers Delight Wild Bird Food

Wagner’s Farmer’s Delight Wild Bird Food pack includes a whole lot of bird food types. The general-purpose mix of this bird food pack is a great choice if you don’t want to attract specific birds and just want to feed as many birds as possible. Apart from that, the cherry flavor of the pack will especially attract those birds that love cherry!

The capacity of Wagner’s Farmer’s Delight Wild Bird Food pack is 10 lbs., which is actually quite a lot of bird food. 10 pounds won’t run out any time soon if you have low to moderate bird traffic in the area. And even if there are a lot of birds around your house, getting a big bird food pack is a good idea!

Pros:

  • Has all kinds of general-purpose bird food.
  • Large capacity.
  • Great for birds that love cherry.

Cons:

  • The cherry flavor might repel some birds.

Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food, 15 lb.Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food

If you wanted something more specific, Lyrica Peanut Pieces bird food might be a nice choice. This particular bird food pack is suitable for such birds as bluebirds, jays, woodpeckers, house finches, titmice, grosbeaks, and several others. Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food doesn’t have any flavors, so the desired birds won’t be repelled by the food’s unusual taste.

This bird food pack contains 15 lbs. of bird food, which means that you will have bird food for weeks to come. However, Lyric Peanut Pieces Wild Bird Food pack is rather expensive, though we can’t say that the price is unjustified as this product is of the highest quality.

Pros:

  • Comes in a large bag.
  • Great for such birds as titmice, house finches, woodpeckers, and more.

Cons:

  • Weak packaging.

Wagner’s Greatest Variety Blend, 16-Pound BagWagners Greatest Variety Blend

Looking for a way to attract colorful songbirds? Then Wagner’s Greatest Variety Blend might be the perfect choice as it consists of 11 different ingredients that are loved by the songbirds. Besides, about 40% of the bird food in this pack consists of sunflower seeds, which could be either a good or bad thing. If you don’t mind to have the general-purpose seeds for the value of this pack, then you may quit worrying.

What’s remarkable about this bird food pack is that it is huge: it contains 16 pounds of bird food! In spite of this, it is noticeably less expensive than the Lyric bird food we examined previously, but keep in mind that it might be due to the large amounts of regular sunflower seeds in this pack.

Pros:

  • Good price.
  • Includes 11 ingredients to attract a variety of songbirds.

Cons:

  • Includes quite a lot of regular sunflower seeds.

Kaytee Birders’ Blend, 8-Pound BagKaytee Birders Blend

Up next on our list of best bird food is the Birders’ Blend by Kaytee, which contains seeds that are in favor of various kinds of songbirds. Apart from that, the blend is great for such birds as woodpeckers, cardinals, juncos, and others.

The Birder’s Blend contains a considerable amount of sunflower seeds, which is quite favored by the birds this pack is designed for. On the other hand, the Birder’s Blend also contains quite a bit of millet, which some birds tend to avoid. If you know that the birds in your area won’t eat millet, look for another bird food pack.

In terms of seed capacity, this food pack offers quite a moderate amount of seeds: 8 pounds, to be exact. This will be quite good for most of the areas, though you might need to get more packs if your area is rich in birds.

Pros:

  • A good choice for larger birds like cardinals and woodpeckers.
  • Includes a variety of seeds loved by songbirds.
  • Good size.

Cons:

  • Might have too much millet for your taste.
  • Contains cherry flavor.

ZuPreem Medium Fruit Blend Bird DietZuPreem Medium Fruit Blend Bird Diet

ZuPreem Medium Fruit Blend bird food pack is a nice choice if you want to attract cockatiels, lovebirds, conures, and Quakers. They will certainly love the fruit blend of this bird food pack! Not only this bird food looks all colorful, but it also contains 21 vitamins and minerals that are pretty much all the essential nutrients necessary for the birds.

ZuPreem Medium Fruit Blend bird food pack will be a nice choice if you don’t have that much need for large packs. 2 pounds of fruit-blend bird food will be quite enough for the weeks to come if you will be feeding one-two pet birds. If that isn’t the case, you could certainly buy more packs, but be mindful that ZuPreem Medium Fruit Blend bird food is rather pricey.

You should also take into account that your bird might dislike the banana-shaped seeds of this food pack. Users even complained that their cockatiels just toss them out and eat the rest. The bad thing about it is that those bits take up about ¼ of the pack’s seed capacity.

Pros:

  • Contains fresh ground fruit.
  • Attracts cockatiels, lovebirds, and other birds.
  • Includes essential minerals and vitamins.

Cons:

  • A little bit expensive.
  • Cockatiels tend to not like the banana-shaped seeds of this pack.

Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower SeedsValley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Don’t see any point in getting all those multi-ingredient bird food packs? Then have a look at Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower Seeds bird food! As you probably guessed from the name, this pack contains nothing other than black oil sunflower seeds!

In terms of attracting birds, sunflower seeds may be the best bird food you can get. Being general-purpose bird food, sunflower seeds attract many types of birds. On the other hand, sunflower seeds also attract squirrels and birds that could be undesirable for you, meaning that this pack should be used in a combination with a squirrel proof bird feeder!

What’s also notable about this bird food pack is that it contains 40 pounds of black oil sunflower seeds! If there is not so much bird traffic in your backyard, those 40 pounds might not run out even after weeks! And even if a lot of birds visit your bird feeder, you still won’t have to worry about getting a new bird food pack any time soon!

Pros:

  • A great attractor of backyard birds.
  • Rich in fat and protein.
  • Contains a lot of sunflower seeds.
  • Perfect if you don’t need anything but sunflower seeds.

Cons:

  • Will also attract a lot of undesired birds and squirrels.

ZuPreem Natural Medium / Large Bird FoodZuPreem Natural Medium Large Bird Food

ZuPreem Natural Medium / Large Bird Food is a yet another bird food pack that contains quite a lot of minerals and vitamins, which will be especially good if your bird suffers from vitamin deficiency.

This bird food contains precisely formulated nugget shapes that are made with easily digestible grains, as well as vegetables. The vitamins and minerals contained in the bird food not only make for a complete nutritional profile but also help with the natural preservation of the bird food. There are thus no artificial preservatives in this bird food.

ZuPreem Natural Medium / Large Bird Food attracts small birds such as canaries, finches, budgies, and parakeets. However, keep in mind that the grains may be too big or/and tough for parakeets, so you might need to grind them up.

This bird food pack contains 2.25 pounds of grains, which will be perfectly alright if you are not going to feed a lot of birds. Otherwise, you could look for the bigger versions of the same bird food pack.

Pros:

  • Attracts small birds like finches, canaries, budgies, and parakeets.
  • Provides birds with balanced nutrition.
  • Contains essential vitamins and minerals.

Cons:

  • May be tough for parakeets.

Pennington Ultra Fruit & Nut Blend Wild Bird Seed and Feed, 2.5 lbs.Pennington Ultra Fruit & Nut Blend Wild Bird Seed and Feed

Yet another bird food pack to attract songbirds with on our reviews best bird food! While this bird food pack is rather pricey for its size, it offers all-natural and quality food made with fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains. The ingredients of Pennington Ultra Fruit & Nut Blend are the favorite of chickadees, pine siskins, purple finches, and many other songbirds. Not only the birds will love such bird food, they will also get all the essential nutrients thanks to the balanced mineral and vitamin profile of this pack.

This particular Ultra Fruit & Nut Blend bird food pack is best suitable if there aren’t a lot of songbirds in your area. Otherwise, it would be more money saving for you to get a large pack of the Ultra Fruit & Nut Blend line.

A thing you should be mindful of is the large size of the nut included in this bird food pack. This means that bird feeders with smaller feeding ports might be unable to serve food to the birds. If you will be getting this pack anyway, you could just grind the larger nuts.

Pros:

  • Attracts colorful songbirds.
  • Balanced nutritional value.
  • Made with natural fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains.

Cons:

  • The large grains aren’t suitable for small bird feeders.

Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix – 5 lb. bagLyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix

Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy bird food pack is a rather nice choice if you are looking to attract robins, cardinals, woodpeckers, titmice, orioles, blue jays, and many other kinds of larger birds. The blend of 13 natural ingredients will surely be loved by the birds that visit your bird feeder.

This particular Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Mix comes in a 5-pound bag, which will be a good pick for low to moderate use. Even if there are a lot of birds in your backyard, this blend should last a couple of weeks.

Apart from the size, the package of this bird food is remarkable because it can be re-sealed after being opened, which can help you with keeping the bird food fresh longer.

Because this bird food pack consists of large grains, nuts, and seeds, it may be not very appropriate for smaller bird feeders, unless you are fine with grinding the food before putting it into the feeder. Apart from that, smaller birds won’t be able to handle this food well, so you would also need to grind it.

And also keep in mind that this pack contains lots of corn. If the birds in your area don’t eat corn, this bird food pack would pretty much be a waste of money.

Pros:

  • Includes a blend of fruits, seeds, and shell-less nuts.
  • Contains 13 100% natural ingredients.
  • Attracts colorful birds from robins to woodpeckers.
  • Comes in a re-sealable package.
  • Includes 5 pounds of bird food.

Cons:

  • Clogs smaller bird feeders.
  • Contains a considerable amount of corn.

ZuPreem Natural Large Bird Food, 3-PoundZuPreem Natural Large Bird Food

And the last pack on our reviews of best bird food is yet another natural bird food blend by ZuPreem! The big grains of this one are specifically designed for larger parrots like amazons, macaws, and cockatoos. This bird food contains all the essential vitamins, minerals, iron, and basically anything that your bird may need to flourish. Apart from that, this bird food pack doesn’t contain any artificial additives, only natural ingredients!

This particular ZuPreem Natural Large Bird Food comes in a 3-pound package, which will be enough for several weeks in case you will be feeding one-two large parrots. If that isn’t the case, there is a 20-pound version of this food pack that could come in handy.

And the downside (or maybe more like a specificity) of this high-quality bird food is its price. But because it does have all the nutrients that your bird needs, Natural Large Bird Food is well worth its price!

Pros:

  • Ideal for large parrots such as cockatoos, amazons, macaws.
  • Provides a wholesome profile of essential nutrients.
  • No artificial preservatives.

Cons:

  • expensive

Your Bird Food Buying Guide

Alright, we have the best bird food packs, but how does one choose the right one? Let’s see what are the things you should be looking for with bird food!

Types of Bird Foods

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds can be of two types: black oil and striped. The black oil sunflower seeds have very thin shells, which makes them easy to handle for virtually any kind of seed-eating birds. The kernels within contain a good amount of fat, which makes them highly valuable for most winter birds.

On the other hand, striped sunflower seeds have thicker shells and are thus more difficult for house sparrows and alike to crack open. Choosing striped sunflower seeds would be great if you want to screen out the smaller birds that are literally swarming in your area.

For those living in apartments or who don’t want to spend much time on cleaning the area under their bird feeders, shell-less sunflower seed is available. However, it is relatively expensive. Besides, without the shell’s protection, the sunflower seeds’ hearts and chips spoil quickly, which could lead to them harboring harmful bacteria. Thereby, you shouldn’t use shell-less sunflower seed in bird feeders that tend to collect moisture. Overall, you will need to make sure that all the seed is eaten in 1-2 days.

A common issue with sunflower seed is that it strongly attracts squirrels, which will be a problem if you don’t wish to feed them. This issue could be more or less resolved through the use of squirrel proof bird feeders.

Safflower seed

Safflower seeds have thick shells, making them hard for some birds to crack open. In general, safflower seed is a favorite among cardinals, but some grosbeaks, doves, chickadees, and native sparrows eat it as well. House sparrows, European starlings, and squirrels generally don’t really like safflower seeds. However, it seems that they have developed a taste for it in some areas.

Nyjer or thistle

The tiny needle-like nyjer or thistle seeds are quite loved by small finches, such as Lesser Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, Indigo Buntings, and many others. Because the invasive thistle had become a recognized problem in North America, manufacturers shifted to a plant commonly known as nyjer (Guizotia abyssinica), which produces a similar type of oily and rich seed.

White Proso millet

Millet is a favorite food among ground-feeding birds, such as quails, doves, juncos, native American sparrows, as well as cardinals. However, because millet is also loved by cowbirds, house sparrows, and other blackbirds, the populations of which are supported at unnaturally high levels, it is the wisest to not use millet in their presence. In this case, a good alternative would be black oil sunflower seed because virtually all the birds that favor millet also like sunflower seeds.

Because millet is popular among ground-feeding birds, it is often better to scatter it on the ground, but in such amounts that the birds can eat it in a day. As an alternative, millet can be used with low-set platform bird feeders.

Shelled and Cracked Corn

Such birds as turkeys, quails, cardinals, crows, ravens, ducks, and other species eat corn. You could already see that corn has a “problem” with large birds that aren’t always desired, but there is more.

Corn is a favorite of house sparrows, starlings, geese, bears, raccoons, and deer, and this is a problem because none of these should be subsidized by us. Apart from that, corn is very likely to be contaminated with aflatoxins, which are highly toxic even at low concentrations. With corn, you would also need to make sure that it never gets wet, so you shouldn’t put more corn in the feeder than the birds can consume in a day. This means that you should avoid putting corn in bird feeders that can collect moist.

Though you probably won’t see corn covered in a red dye on sale, avoid them at all cost. The red dye indicates that the corn is treated with fungicides before planting. Such corn is extremely toxic for humans, let alone birds.

Peanuts

Peanuts are very popular among crows, titmice, chickadees, woodpeckers, jays, and many other birds. However, they are also a favorite of squirrels, raccoons, bears, and other animals. Similar to corn, peanuts must be kept dry and used up quickly as they can harbor aflatoxins, so you would need to keep an eye on your bird feeder to clean up the remains of peanuts.

Milo

Milo is in favor of many Western ground-feeding birds. Seed preference tests have demonstrated that Steller’s jays, Gambel’s quails, and Curve-billed thrashers prefer milo to sunflower seeds. Some other studies showed that house sparrows do not tend to eat milo, while cowbirds do.

In general, milo isn’t that preferred by wild birds. Do not choose milo unless you know that your birds will be perfectly fine with it.

Golden & Red millet, flax

These are often used as fillers in packaged birdseed blends. Most birds shun these seeds, preferring the rest. This means that the more filler seed a package has, the more money you throw out of the window when buying such bird food. Apart from that, being left in the bird feeder, filler seed becomes a ground for bacteria and fungus. So before getting a bird food pack, go through its ingredients to make sure that there is no waste seed in it.

Rapeseed and Canary Seed

These two kinds of seed do not offer much over the other types of bird food. Rapeseed is in favor of only a few birds, including doves, quails, finches, and juncos. If there are no such birds in your area, rapeseed will be a waste of money.

As with canary seed, it is very popular among house sparrows and cowbirds, which most of the people prefer not to attract. Species that eat canary seed equally favor sunflower seed, which in fact is an all-around better choice.

Suet Cakes

Suet cakes are made with sunflower seeds and wheat/oat flakes mixed with either suet, coconut oil, or pork fat. Some blends can also contain fruits, nuts, mealworms, and other ingredients.

Such birds as woodpeckers, juncos, cardinals, jays, starlings, and wrens favor suet-based bird feeders. Suet can come in the form of balls, rings, wheels, or rectangles. Some suet cakes are sold in a fine plastic net to allow for hanging on branches or bushes, as well as for suspension. Apart from that, suet cakes can be put on platform feeders or be used with suet bird feeders.

Extra Things to Look For

Nutritional profile

Birds need nutrients to grow and stay healthy, obviously. And that’s why paying special attention to the nutritional value of the bird food is of most importance.

Typically, bird foods designed for specific bird types have all the essential nutrients those birds may need. However, that isn’t always the case, which could force you to buy supplements or multiple bird food packs at once.

To save money, you should go for bird food that offers the most nutritional value for the birds. This might be not as important with wild backyard birds because they probably will be able to find more food on their own. However, if you have a pet parrot, you will have to take care of its nutritional demands. The help of a vet will be a must in this case, so consult a professional to see which nutrients your bird needs, and buy bird food accordingly.

Package size

The package size is quite important as well, even though it may seem like a matter of mere convenience. While bigger package means more lifetime, you shouldn’t buy a large package if you don’t need it. After all, bird food can just expire someday if you don’t use it up.

This means that you should buy such amounts of birdseed that will be used all up before the expiration date. In general, if you have heavy bird traffic in your backyard, you should go for 5-10-pound packages and more. In case your bird traffic is scarce or if you only feed your pet bird, a couple-pound bird food package will be just enough.

Re-sealable pack

You most probably won’t be giving all the food from the pack to the birds, meaning that the remaining food needs to be preserved in good conditions. Manufacturers almost always sell their bird food in re-sealable packages that can prevent the contamination of the food and its rotting. It would thereby be a good idea to consider getting bird food in a re-sealable package.

Blend quality

Some bird foods are in fact blends of nuts, seeds, grains, and whatnot. While you might have initially thought that a blend is a blend and there is nothing else to worry about, that’s not the case. You should offer the birds in the backyard such seeds that are preferred by them. Otherwise, you will be just wasting money and won’t be attracting any birds.

Many cheap bird food blends are filled with waste seeds and grains that are avoided by most of the birds. While those seeds may appear all colorful, they do not attract as many birds as one may expect. As we already mentioned, waste seeds include red millet, golden millet, rape, canary seed, and wheat.

Proportion of seed types in mixes

Apart from avoiding waste seed, you might want to “tweak” the proportion of each kind of seed, nut, grain, and fruit that are contained in the bird food blend. Unfortunately, this is a matter of experience as well because you probably won’t be able to pick the ideal blend on your first try. At first, you might see some amount of seed spilled on the ground under your bird feeder. This means that the birds are looking for their preferred kind of seed, which more often than not results in them just tossing the unnecessary seeds on the ground. If you leave this be, you will be spending more money than you need to.

Seasonal differences

Be mindful of the current season when buying bird food. You have probably noticed over the years that throughout the year, your backyard houses different kinds of avian populations. While most of the birds might be the same, you could occasionally get migrating birds as well. Why not take care of them?

And we repeat our point: make sure you get birdseed that is preferred by the birds that visit your backyard!

Saving Money on Bird Food

The birdseed market, including the prices, has been heavily affected by a number of factors over the recent 30 years. Those factors include:

  • High human consumption. The emphasis on healthy diets has made many people eat sunflower seeds. People are ready and in fact tend to buy much more sunflower products, which leaves less sunflower seed for the birdseed market.
  • The number of households feeding birds has increased dramatically over the observed time period.
  • The tendency of the energy’s price to rise also caused the price of birdseed to go up. That’s because fuel is used to plant, harvest, and transport birdseed products.

Apart from these factors, seasonal differences can also drive the price of birdseed up considerably. Droughts and frosts negatively impact the key sunflower and corn crops, which in its turn increases their price.

Those aren’t the only things that have impacted the price of birdseed products over the last decades. The point is that bird food is quite expensive, so you might want to save up on it as much as possible. Let’s see what steps you can take to do so.

  1. Do not purchase bird food in large bulks. Bird food is perishable, and it can become stale or get infested by insects or mice over time. It’s generally a good idea to buy only at most the amount of bird food that you can use up in 1-2 months, unless you have a very cool, dry, and pest proof area to store the bird food in.

This is especially the case if you are going to buy bird food for the first time. Instead of going for large packs, buy several smaller packs to try each of them out in order to see whether or not the birds like them. When you find the right bird food, you can start buying it in large packages.

  1. Take advantage of bird food sales, which many stores now offer several times a year. In case the seller offers to “store” the bird food for you until you need it, why not take advantage of it as well?
  2. You will typically save money when buying large packages of bird food. However, as we already mentioned, this might not be the best choice for you. If you aren’t going to feed all that bird food to the birds before the expiration date, don’t buy large bird food packs.
  3. If you want to bother with it, it is generally cheaper to buy separate seed types and then mixing them yourself. Apart from helping you save money, this can be a good way to create the perfect bird food mix for the birds that visit your backyard.
  4. We already said this, but make sure that there are no waste seeds in the bird food. Also, make sure that you get what the birds in your backyard will be eating. Otherwise, you will be just spending money for nothing.
  5. If possible, avoid buying kinds of seeds that attract pests like squirrels or undesired larger birds. They will eat the bird food, and you will have to refill the bird feeder prematurely. Furthermore, you will have to buy additional bird food, and this could amount to huge expenses in the long run.

In case you don’t have any alternatives, you should invest in a pest proof bird feeder. Those will be able to more or less reliably protect the seed from unwanted birds and animals, which should allow you to save greatly.

Benefits of Using a Bird Feeder

Insect control. Birds eat not only the mere bird food people provide them with. Feeding the birds in your backyard also invites them to feast on insects, worms, and spiders. Birds can allow you to avoid using costly and toxic insecticides and instead maintain your garden’s balance in a natural way.

Flower pollination. Birds can also greatly assist you in flower pollination, resulting in a gorgeous, bird-friendly landscape that won’t need as much gardening effort from you.

Weed control. Small birds like sparrows and finches eat huge amounts of seeds, particularly from seed-bearing flowers or weeds, which are often undesirable with backyard landscapes. Attracting birds with bird food will also allow them to consume the natural food sources in your garden, including weeds.

Interaction with nature. For many people living in urban areas, birds at their bird feeders may be the only wild animals they have the chance to observe and interact with. Feeding birds can be an especially great pastime for seniors or those with limited mobility. Children would also definitely love to get their first exposure to nature!

Learning more about the birds. Experimenting with different bird food and feeder types can allow you to learn more about the birds in your backyard, their preferences, behaviors, and other aspects of the local avifauna, which will surely be of great interest to you even if you aren’t a scientist!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can bird food reliably attract a lot of birds to my backyard?

The bird food itself plays a big role in attracting birds, but there is more to it. The quality and type of the bird food obviously play a primary role because birds will get attracted only to the food they prefer. Apart from that, such factors as the presence of cats and dogs in the area or neighbors having higher-quality bird food could be crucial in attracting birds.

Do squirrels love bird food?

Yes, they do. This might be both problematic and fine for you. If you are okay with the food running out faster, then the squirrels won’t be a problem for you. Otherwise, you should think about squirrel proof bird feeders.

Can bird food be put into any kind of bird feeder?

In general, the answer is yes. However, for suet cakes, you should use suet bird feeders or alternatively platform bird feeders. Besides, take the size of the grains, nuts, and seeds into consideration as larger seeds can get stuck in smaller bird feeders.

Is bird food safe?

All-natural bird food with no artificial additives is perfectly safe for birds. Moreover, bird food is often the most efficient way of ensuring that your pet bird gets all the nutrients it needs. Just keep in mind that appropriate storage and timely consumption of the food by birds is advised to keep the bird food healthy.

Bird food can be quite expensive, but it is well worth the price. For the money, you can almost instantly get all the nutrients necessary for your pet bird. Apart from that, you won’t have to figure out which food type works with different kinds of birds because bird food pack manufacturers have already done it!

Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders Reviews & Buying Guide

You might have one day bought a gorgeous bird feeder for the local birds to feast. You installed it in your yard and noticed that the birds noticed the feeder within hours. However, you also noticed that the birds aren’t the only animals that want the bird seed.

Squirrels are a big problem with bird feeders. They are smart and stubborn, so getting seed from regular bird feeders is no problem for them. Fortunately, there are bird feeders out there that are designed to protect the seed from squirrels.

If that’s what you are looking for, then the 10 feeders that we think are the best squirrel proof bird feeders will surely be of great interest to you! Make yourself comfortable, and let’s see what they have to offer!

The Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders We Reviewed Today

  1. Heritage Farms Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder
  2. Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder
  3. Perky-Pet Squirrel Be Gone II Country House Bird Feeder
  4. Audubon Squirrel Proof Caged Tube Type Bird Feeder
  5. GrayBunny GB-6860 Caged Tube Feeder
  6. Brome Squirrel Buster Plus 6″x6″x28″ (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder
  7. Brome Squirrel Buster Standard 5″x5″x21.5″ (w/hanger) Wild Bird Feeder
  8. Roamwild PestOff Squirrel
  9. Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder
  10. Droll Yankees Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Top 10 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Reviews

Heritage Farms Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird FeederHeritage Farms Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder

Up first on our reviews of best squirrel proof bird feeders is Heritage Farms Woodlink bird feeder. This particular bird feeder offers some design choices that are not found in the rest of the feeders we reviewed today.

The body of this bird feeder is made from durable powder-coated steel for increased longevity. The big roof of this bird feeder protects the seeds inside from getting wet. You can remove the roof to easily clean or refill the bird feeder.

Woodlink Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder has a huge capacity of 15 lbs., meaning that you will have to think about refills less frequently. You might think that the more seeds a bird feeder holds, the more mess it makes, but it isn’t the case for this feeder as it has seed saver baffle to keep the seed inside.

When it comes to squirrel protection, Woodlink bird feeder performs quite well thanks to its hanging perch. Under the weight of squirrels, as well as larger birds, the perch descends, pulling the seed protector down to restrict access to seed. The perch can be regulated between three positions for more or less weight sensitivity.

Woodlink bird feeder comes with a steel hanging rod for hanging, as well as a 5-foot pole kit. The pole is rather short, as you can see, so you might want to upgrade to taller poles if you end up getting this bird feeder.

Pros:

  • Durable steel body.
  • Large seed capacity.
  • Easy to fill and clean.
  • Adjustable weight sensitivity.
  • No seed waste baffle.

Cons:

  • The included pole is short.
  • A little bit difficult to see the bird seed level.
  • No drain holes.

Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird FeederSquirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder

Squirrel-X Squirrel Proof Suet Bird Feeder is a classical cage bird feeder. It employs an outer cage that surrounds the suet from outside, thus not allowing squirrels and small bird to get to the suet.

Squirrel-X bird feeder holds 2 suet cakes, which will be good if you want to have less frequent refills. However, keep in mind that if you load in just one suet, the feeder will hang asymmetrically due to the design of the cage.

The roof of Squirrel-X squirrel proof bird feeder is made from durable and weather proof powder-coated steel, so the suet won’t get wet from the rain. Apart from that, the open design of this bird feeder allows for better air circulation, which in its turn ensures that the suet stays fresh. Besides, the cage design allows you to easily check the level of the bird suet.

For increased suet protection, you can purchase baffles produced by Squirrel-X.

It should be noted that this bird feeder might work not so well against large birds that have small heads and long necks. Though bird protection isn’t really the topic today, you should know about this little issue. Such birds could just stick their heads into the cage and pick the sides and corners of the suet. A good option would be to just slice off those sides before putting the suet into the cage.

Pros:

  • Holds 2 suet cakes.
  • Durable and weather-proof roof.
  • Employs cage design for squirrel protection.
  • Compatible with Squirrel-X baffles for increased protection.
  • Clear design allows for easy estimation of bird seed level.

Cons:

  • Hangs asymmetrically if you load only one suet.
  • Can’t be pole mounted.

Perky-Pet Squirrel Be Gone II Bird FeederPerky-Pet Squirrel Be Gone II Bird Feeder

If you liked Heritage Farms Woodlink bird feeder but didn’t feel that you need that much seed capacity, then have a look at Perky-Pet Squirrel Be Gone II bird feeder!

This one uses a similar mechanism to protect the seed from squirrels: the weight of squirrels, as well as large birds triggers the protection cover to close the seed opening. This is a rather effective design, though especially smart squirrels and birds might just hang from the roof to not trigger the mechanism.

For increased protection, you could choose one of the four sensitivity settings to maximally limit the access of squirrels to the seed.

In terms of easiness of use, Squirrel Be Gone bird feeder is rather nice as it is very easy to refill and clean: you just need to remove the roof to do both. Speaking of the roof, it is made from galvanized steel for durability, as well as weather protection. However, the roof lacks overhang to protect the seed openings from rain, so you might occasionally get the bird seed wet.

We almost to forgot to mention that Squirrel Be Gone bird feeder has about 8 lbs. of seed capacity, which allows for pretty long seed supply with no refills.

Pros:

  • Easy to fill and clean.
  • Custom weight sensitivity.
  • Good seed capacity.
  • Galvanized roof for longevity and weather protection.

Cons:

  • The roof doesn’t shield the feeding ports from rain very well.
  • No drain holes.

Audubon Squirrel Proof Caged Tube Type Bird FeederAudubon Squirrel Proof Caged Tube Type Bird Feeder

Audubon Squirrel Proof bird feeder is a rather nice and effective feeder. It features a wired cage design that prevents squirrels and larger birds from accessing the feeding ports of this bird feeder. And because there is some respectable distance between the outer cage and the feeding tube, you can be sure that agile squirrels won’t have a grasp of the seeds. But keep in mind that PhD squirrels might figure out how to open the top lid!

This bird feeder has 1.25 lbs. of seed capacity, which will be good for areas with low bird traffic, especially given that this bird feeder has only 4 feeding ports.  The tube is transparent and thus easy to spot the level of seed with. Once the feeder is low on seed, you just need to remove the top lid and refill the tube.

While refilling this bird feeder is easy, we can’t say the same about cleaning because you would need to use a screwdriver to detach the tube from the cage for easy cleaning.

A downside of this bird feeder that you must keep in mind is that it has openings in its wiring, particularly at the bottom, which could just trap birds, so you would need to wrap tape around the openings to prevent it.

Pros:

  • Works well against squirrels.
  • Chew-proof wired cage for squirrel and large bird protection.
  • Easy to refill.
  • Easy to keep track of the seed level with.
  • Has 4 feeding ports.

Cons:

  • Low seed capacity.
  • Has openings on the cage that could trap birds.
  • You need to use a screwdriver to take the feeder apart for cleaning.

GrayBunny GB-6860 Caged Tube FeederGrayBunny GB-6860 Caged Tube Feeder

Yet another caged tube bird feeder on our list of best squirrel proof bird feeders!

The cage of GrayBunny GB-6860 is made from premium-quality steel. This allows for durability as well as protection from chewing, which is a frequent problem with squirrels. The openings in the steel cage are just the right size to allow small birds to feed, though keep in mind that large birds with small heads still can get to the seed.

This bird feeder is equipped with a removable top latch that allows for easy refilling. The clear design of the tube also lets you monitor the level of the seed remaining in the feeder. GrayBunny bird feeder also features 4 seed ports that are positioned on different levels in pairs to allow the birds to not disturb each other’s eating.

As for the downsides, we should note the top latch that could be more durable and difficult to open. Smart squirrels might be able to figure it out pretty quickly.

Pros:

  • Chew-proof cage.
  • 4 well-positioned seed ports.
  • Good seed capacity.
  • Clear view of the seed level.
  • Easy to refill.

Cons:

  • The top lid could be more durable.
  • A little bit difficult to clean.

Brome Squirrel Buster Plus 6″x6″x28″ (w/hanger) Wild Bird FeederBrome Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder

Brome Squirrel Buster Plus is the most top-rated squirrel proof bird feeder we reviewed today. And that isn’t much of a surprise as it has a very effective squirrel protection system!

There is nothing revolutionary in the squirrel protection of the Squirrel Buster Plus as it uses a familiar weight-operated perch. However, because this feeder has a rather pronounced top baffle, they won’t be able to trick the protection of the Squirrel Buster Plus!

As effective as it is, the Squirrel Buster Plus allows for spring adjustment for varying weight sensitivity for even better performance if you need it!

The materials the Squirrel Buster Plus are made from are chew-proof, so you can be sure that the squirrels won’t be able to pry the bird feeder open. A nice thing about this bird feeder is that it can be dismantled tool-free, allowing for easy refilling and cleaning.

In terms of seed capacity, the Squirrel Buster Plus holds a nice amount of 5.1 lbs. of seed. The patented ventilation system of this bird feeder makes sure that the humidity doesn’t get to the seeds, which otherwise would force you to just throw them out and refill the feeder.

While the Squirrel Buster Plus can be either hanged or mounted on the pole, the latter variant is certainly the more convenient among the options because if the feeder swings, seeds would just fall out from the feeder on the ground.

Pros:

  • Nice seed capacity.
  • Chew-proof.
  • Easy to clean and refill.
  • Weight-based squirrel protection.
  • Adjustable spring mechanism.
  • Equipped with a seed ventilation system.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • Pretty messy when hanged.

Brome Squirrel Buster Standard 5″x5″x21.5″ (w/hanger) Wild Bird FeederBrome Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder

Up next on our reviews of best squirrel proof bird feeders is yet another Squirrel Buster! This one is the Squirrel Buster Standard, which will be a good choice if you liked the Plus but didn’t feel like spending money on it. If you liked the Plus’s idea, the Standard will satisfy you as well!

The Squirrel Buster Standard is pretty similar to the Plus in terms of its features. It is equipped with chew-proof components, as well as is built from UV- and weather-resistant materials.

The weight-based squirrel protection is also here: it works in the same way, and also allows you to adjust the weight sensitivity of the perches. This allows for squirrel and even large bird protection.

The Squirrel Buster Standard can be dismantled without the use of any tools, allowing for quick refills and cleaning. Speaking of refills, you might need to do it rather frequently due to the low capacity of the Squirrel Buster Standard: it only accommodates 1.3 lbs. of seed.

And the issue with the swinging when hanged is present here as well, unfortunately. Moreover, because the Squirrel Buster Standard is lighter, it might make even bigger messes. So you might just want to mount it on a pole.

Pros:

  • Chew-proof.
  • Tool-free dismantling for easy cleaning.
  • Ventilation system to keep the seeds fresh.
  • Adjustable spring mechanism.
  • Weight-operated protection.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • Low seed capacity.
  • Again, not the best when hanged.

Roamwild PestOff Squirrel Proof Bird FeederRoamwild PestOff Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Roamwild PestOff bird feeder is another affordable model for you to have a look at! This one has 3 lbs. of seed capacity, so if the volume of the both the Squirrel Buster Plus and Standard wasn’t what you want, maybe this one will be.

PestOff bird feeder comes with the spring protection mechanism that we are already quite familiar with. However, this bird feeder doesn’t have any weight spring adjustability, but that won’t be a problem if you don’t need it.

Roamwild PestOff has two feed ports, which will be quite enough if there aren’t a lot of birds in your neighborhood. All in all, PestOff is a great choice if you are not planning to feed many birds. Likewise, in areas with many small birds, larger bird feeders with a bigger number of perches will be much better.

The design of PestOff allows for easy disassembling, cleaning, and refilling. And thanks to the clear body, you will be able to immediately notice if the feeder is running short on seeds.

What’s also remarkable about this bird feeder is that it has two baffles. The top baffle is the wider one, and it allows for general protection from weather elements. As for the lower baffle, it ensures that no water gets into the feed ports during rain, and it makes it harder for squirrels to reach the ports in case they somehow manage to hang from the top baffle in hopes of getting those seeds.

Pros:

  • Easy to take apart, clean, and refill.
  • Weight protection from squirrels and large birds.
  • Easy to track the seed level with.
  • Includes baffles for protection from squirrels and weather elements.

Cons:

  • No spring sensitivity adjustment.
  • Low seed capacity.
  • Only 2 feed ports.

Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird FeederPerky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder

If feeding more birds at once is the thing you are aiming for, then Perky Pet Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder might be the right feeder. This bird feeder has enough perches to support 6 birds at once!

Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder has 2 lbs. of seed capacity though. But if you are alright with frequent refills, this won’t be a problem for you.

In terms of squirrel protection, this Perky-Pet bird feeder has weight-activated protection on each of each perch. Once squirrels get onto the perches, they lower and pull down the decorative leaf covers. And speaking of the covers, their design makes this bird feeder look gorgeous!

The materials of this bird feeder are rust-resistant and durable. However, some of the components of the feeder can be chewed off by especially stubborn squirrels. In areas with higher squirrel traffic, there are bigger odds that such a squirrel decides to feast on the seeds, which makes Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder better for environments with fewer squirrel issues.

Pros:

  • Nice looks.
  • A nice choice if you don’t have a big squirrel problem.
  • Weight-activated protection.
  • Six feeding ports.
  • Rust-resistant and durable.

Cons:

  • Low capacity.

Droll Yankees Squirrel Proof Motorized Bird FeederDroll Yankees Squirrel Proof Motorized Bird Feeder

And the last product on our reviews of best squirrel proof bird feeders is Droll Yankees feeder, which is maybe the most remarkable bird feeder on our reviews. That’s because it is the only feeder we reviewed today that offers squirrel protection through a motorized perch ring!

The protection of this bird feeder works in the following way: when a squirrel hangs from the perch, its weight triggers the motor, which in its turn starts to quickly spin the perch. The squirrel won’t be able to hold on and will just let go of the perch. However, there are some stubborn squirrels out there, and they might figure out that it is worth it for them to do some acrobatic moves in order to get those seeds.

The motor operates on a battery, which can be recharged with the included AC adapter. Depending on how frequently the bird feeder is attacked by squirrels, the battery will have charge for about 2-3 weeks.

Weak caps and bases are common issues with bird feeders, but Droll Yankees feeder has a durable cap and base to ensure that the squirrels don’t chew through them.

Droll Yankees bird feeder is equipped with 4 bird ports, which will be good if you want to feed several birds at once. Plus, the capacity of 5 lbs. will make sure that the feeder doesn’t run out of seed quickly.

While this bird feeder is really good in terms of squirrel protection, it could be better. Because the feeding ports spin with the perch under the squirrel’s weight, the seeds just get spread around. You might minimize this by mounting the feeder on a pole, but there still might be some mess.

Pros:

  • Good bird seed capacity.
  • Equipped with 4 feeding ports.
  • Durable cap and base for enhanced squirrel protection.
  • Motorized perch ring protection.
  • Rechargeable motor battery.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cons:

  • The feed ports spin with the perch, scattering seed around.

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Buying Guide

We now have all those great bird feeders before us, but how do you choose the best one from them? To be able to do that, you need to distinguish between their different kinds, as well as their features. Let’s now see what makes squirrel proof bird feeders!

Types of Squirrel Proof Feeders

A squirrel proof bird feeder is a kind of a bird feeder that has active means of squirrel protection. By active means we imply that it is specifically designed to prevent squirrels from getting to the bird seed. Some models also work well against larger birds.

Squirrel proof bird feeders are of different types, which sometimes overlap with regular bird feeders. In particular, you typically won’t meet squirrel proof window feeders because they aren’t equipped with the squirrel protection methods that can be seen on squirrel proof bird feeders. Instead, you could regulate its squirrel protection level by mounting it in areas inaccessible to squirrels.

But if you can install a bird feeder in a hard to reach location, any kind of a feeder can be squirrel proof, right? That’s why we emphasized that squirrel proof bird feeders need to have active means of squirrel protection that work regardless of the area the feeder is installed in. A bird feeder that is squirrel proof only because you installed it in a far corner can’t be considered truly squirrel proof. Take this into account when looking for a squirrel proof bird feeder.

Now, let’s see what types of squirrel proof bird feeders there are.

House

House bird feeders, also known as hopper bird feeders, look like small a small house or barn, hence their name. House squirrel proof bird feeders hold the most seed, which makes them great for areas with high bird traffic. Typically employing weight-activated squirrel protection, house bird feeders can be quite effective against squirrels as long as they do not figure out ways to get to the seed without triggering the weight spring. Some features of house feeders can impact the ability of squirrels to do so, but more on that later.

Tubular

Tubular feeders consist of a tube, which is typically translucent to allow for easy monitoring of the seed level. Tubular bird feeders offer low to high seed capacity, though they typically don’t have as much capacity as house bird feeders.

In terms of squirrel protection, tubular bird feeders use weight-triggered mechanisms. Like house bird feeders, some bird feeders employ closing covers for the feeding ports that are triggered by the squirrel’s weight. Others feature motors that spin the perches as soon as a squirrel lands on them, forcing it to just let go.

Caged

The third main type of squirrel proof bird feeders is called “caged.” In its turn, caged bird feeders can be either suet or tubular. Caged suet bird feeders are filled with suet cakes instead of seed, which allows for less mess. As for tubular caged bird feeders, they consist of a feeder tube that is identical to the one of tubular bird feeders, as well as a cage that encloses the feeding tube.

The most spoken-of downside of caged feeders is that they sometimes trap birds’ feet. That is due to the openings in the mesh where the halves of the cage connect. This could be avoided by just taping those openings.

Each one of these squirrel proof bird feeders can be very effective against squirrels, as well as against larger birds. But you will have to consider more than just bird feeder types, so let’s see what else you should be taking into account.

Types of Squirrel Protection

Weight-triggered protection

Weight-triggered protection mechanisms get engaged when the weight of the animal on the bird feeder’s perch exceeds a certain limit. A typical weight-activated squirrel protection is based on the perch and the cover of the feeding port. Excessive weight pulls down the perch and the feeding port cover along with it.

Such squirrel proof bird feeders are rather effective, but there are a number of things to bear in mind. Firstly, squirrels can figure out ways to bypass the weight triggering mechanism. For example, with house bird feeders, squirrels may just hang from the roof and easily access the seeds. Or they could distribute their weight in such a way that they do not exceed the weight limit of the perch. A long hanging roof or baffle is a good way to prevent the former. As for the latter, you just need to make sure to get a bird feeder that has no areas that can be easily grabbed onto.

Weight-triggered squirrel protection systems can also be adjusted in terms of weight sensitivity. This could help against lighter squirrels, as well as won’t allow them to easily lean on to the perch even when hanging.

Spinning perches

Bird feeders with spinning perches operate on weight triggers as well, but the concept of squirrel protection is different. Bird feeders with spinning perches come with battery-operated motors that start rapidly spinning the perch as soon as the squirrel exceeds the weight limit of the squirrel protection.

The vast majority of squirrels won’t be able to hold on to a spinning perch, but you might still encounter some stubborn ones. Apart from that, an issue with spinning-perch bird feeders is that the seed can be scattered around if the feeding port doesn’t get closed when the perch starts rotating. Apart from that, those feed ports typically start spinning along with the perch, which additionally contributes to the loss of seed. However, this could be treated to some extent by just installing the feeder onto a post.

Cages

Bird feeders with cages can be the most secure feeders in terms of squirrel protection if it has the right features. Typically, the openings in caged bird feeders are just big enough to allow smaller birds to freely get in and out of the cage for eating. However, while squirrels and larger birds won’t be able to get into the cage, they still might be able to just reach into the cage and access the feeder’s feeding ports. This mostly happens with smaller cages because the distance between the cage and the feeding ports is too small.

However, if the size of the cage’s openings and the size of the cage itself is just right, no squirrel should be able to access the seeds. However, there are more factors impacting the bird feeder’s level of squirrel protection, which we will examine right now.

More Things to look For?

Materials

Materials play an important role in terms of the squirrel protection of the bird feeder. Bird feeders are typically made from stainless steel, which obviously cannot be chewed through or broken by squirrels.

However, this doesn’t mean that you are all secure from squirrels. They could still chew through the weaker parts of the bird feeder like the top lid, the bottom, and even the feeding tube itself if it is within their reach. You should thus pay close attention to every inch of the bird feeder to see what kind of weak points it might have.

Apart from squirrel protection, materials play an important role in the feeder’s resistance to corrosion, rusting, or UVs. Most of the bird feeders you can find today are made from powder-coated steel, which makes them weather- and rust-proof, as well as extends the lifetime of the feeder.

Baffles/roofs

Bird feeders typically have baffles/ roofs. These are pretty important from the standpoint of the feeder’s protection from both weather and squirrel attacks.

If the baffle/roof has a good overhang, you can be sure that rainwater won’t reach the feeding ports, which would otherwise make the seed rot and make it dangerous for birds. Besides, far-overhanging roofs/baffles will make it much more difficult for squirrels to just hang down the roof and reach the feeding ports. Overall, make sure to get a bird feeder with good a baffle/roof.

Number of feed ports

The number of feed ports can be quite important. In case the bird traffic in your area is low, you can avoid looking for bird feeders with a big number of feeding ports: 2 – 4 might be just enough. However, if you know that a lot of birds will be using the bird feeder at once, you may want to look for feeders with as many as 12 feeding ports. Oftentimes, the number of feeding ports is more important than capacity. If there aren’t enough feeding ports, the birds will have to wait in line, which might just annoy them and make them fly away in the end.

Capacity

Capacity is another feature that depends on the bird traffic in your area. It would make more sense to get a bird feeder with large capacity plus many feeding ports if there are a lot of birds in the neighborhood. However, capacity might be not as crucial as the number of feeding ports: in case of a small bird feeder with many ports, several birds will still be able to feed at once, but you will just have to do refills more often. So when choosing capacity, take both convenience and your requirements into account.

Clear view of the seed level

Tubular and suet bird feeders will allow you to easily determine how much bird seed/suet there is left in the bird feeder. That’s because tubular bird feeders feature transparent tubes, while with suet bird feeders, you always have a clear view of the suet in the cage. On the other hand, house bird feeders are not as convenient in terms of the monitoring of the seed level. So if you want to know how much seed there is left precisely, go for a tubular/suet bird feeder.

Ease of cleaning/refilling

Bird feeder’s easiness of cleaning and refilling depends on the feeder’s construction: the easier it is to disassemble, the quicker the cleaning/refilling will be. Some bird feeders might need the use of a screwdriver, while others can be easily taken apart with no tools. The downside of the latter feeders is that smart squirrels can figure out how to remove the top lid, which provides them access to the seed.

In general, house bird feeders are more convenient in terms of cleaning and refilling. With tubular bird feeders, you need to make sure that the tube can be removed from the cage for easier cleaning as you would otherwise need to use additional tools to clean the bottom of the tube.

Seed ventilation & drains

Some bird feeders ensure the ventilation of the seeds within the feeder. This allows the seed to not rot for extended periods of time. In addition to ventilation, bird feeders can have drains that let the water just go through the feeder in rain without accumulating at the bottom of the feeder, which is another factor that could lead to the seeds’ rotting.

Benefits of Getting a Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

Fewer refills

Squirrels can get their hands on quite a lot of seeds in one go. This obviously means that the bird feeder will run out of bird seed or suet much quicker, which will in its turn make you refill the feeder more frequently. Squirrel proof bird feeders can prevent squirrels from doing this, allowing you to think about refills less often.

More food for the birds

Apart from forcing you to do more frequent refills, the birds will get less food if squirrels manage to get some for themselves. You buy bird feeders for birds in the first place after all, so this certainly is a problem. But that won’t be an issue with squirrel proof bird feeders!

Might save you money in the long run

Squirrels steal seeds, the birds get less food, you refill the feeder more frequently, and your supply of seeds or suet ends much quicker. You would obviously need to go get even more seed to be able to satisfy the birds. However, if you have a bird feeder that has squirrel protection, you won’t have to buy seeds that often, which can save your money in the long run!

Squirrels also love to resolve their seed problems with their teeth and just chew through the bird feeder. A feeder with no squirrel protection would give in rather quickly, which could force you to buy a new bird feeder. A good squirrel proof bird feeder doesn’t give in to chewing that easily, meaning that you won’t need to spend money on a new feeder!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do these bird feeders protect the seed from mice and rats as well?

This will depend on their size. If they can’t fit through the cage or are heavy enough to trigger the weight protection, they won’t be able to access the food.

How long does it take for the birds to notice the bird feeder?

There are a lot of factors that could impact this. However, there are a couple of things you could do to make sure that the birds notice the feeder. Firstly, get high-quality seeds, because if your neighbors’ bird food is better, the birds won’t eat from your feeder unless as a last resort. Secondly, install the feeder closer to trees as birds feel safer around them. Lastly, make sure that you don’t put the feeder near kennels as those may repel the birds.

Those squirrels can certainly be a headache, and a good squirrel proof bird feeder can be a handy cure for that issue!

Did you find the best squirrel proof bird feeder for yourself? If so, great, don’t hesitate and buy it! Otherwise, remember the points highlighted in our buying guide and simply continue your searches. You will surely find the right one sooner or later!