How to Make a Squirrel Baffle For Hanging Bird Feeders
There are several types of squirrel baffles. One type is the Woodlink Wrap Around Squirrel Baffle. Other varieties are the Audubon Torpedo Steel Squirrel Baffle or the Pesky Pet Metal Pole Squirrel Baffle. If you’re unsure of how to make a squirrel baffle for hanging bird feeders, continue reading. Here’s a tutorial:
Woodlink Wrap Around Squirrel Baffle
When it comes to squirrel protection, a woodlink wrap around squirrel baffle for hanging bird feeders is the way to go. This bird feeder baffle comes with a built-in hook assembly and a plastic coupler for hanging. You’ll need a pole of at least 1/2 inch in diameter to use this baffle, but it’s well worth it for its ease of installation. You’ll need to mount the baffle six to eight inches from the pole, depending on how tall the feeder is.
These baffles come in two basic styles: cones and long cylinder tubes. Squirrels won’t be able to climb these and won’t be able to get into the bird seed. The bowl design of the baffle prevents the squirrel from reaching the seed, and the weight of the baffle makes it impossible for them to move it once installed.
Audubon Torpedo Steel Squirrel Baffle
One of the most effective ways to keep squirrels out of hanging bird feeders is to install a stainless steel torpedo baffle. These are simple to install on poles of 1/2 to 13/8-inches in diameter and are designed to be impassible to climbing squirrels. The torpedo baffle is made of textured powder-coated steel that is both durable and attractive.
Another option for keeping squirrels out of pole-mounted bird feeders is to use an Audubon Torpedo Squirrel Baffle. This product creates a barrier between the feeder and the squirrels so they can’t reach the food and water. The Audubon Torpedo Squirrel Baffle is made of steel and is approximately four to five feet tall. It slides over a pole of 0.5 to 1.375″ in diameter and is available in black or powder-coated steel.
The Torpedo Baffle Coupler is also a great option if you want to avoid tripping over wires or strings. This baffle features a star-shaped coupler and is textured powder-coated steel. This baffle is designed to fit on poles that are half an inch to one-and-a-half inches in diameter.
Pesky Pet Metal Pole Squirrel Baffle
One way to deter squirrels from eating your birdseed is to install a squirrel-proof fence. Squirrels are notorious for aggressively chewing plastic, plexiglass, and hard plastic. If you don’t want to risk your birdfeed, try installing a metal pole squirrel baffle. But be aware that these products don’t prevent big ones from getting into your feeder.
The Pesky Pet Metal Pole Squirree Baffle for hanging bird feeders comes with hardware and snaps apart with an inward pressure. It’s made of metal and is resistant to moisture and can be attached to a pole as needed. Squirrels can’t access the birdfeed unless they can reach the baffle’s dome, so the pole’s diameter is between 0.5″ and 1.40″.
Whether you’re installing a hanging bird feeder or a pole-mounted feeder, a squirrel baffle is essential for protecting your birds. It will help keep squirrels from getting inside your feeder and destroying the seed. It will also keep the birds safe from weather and aggressive squirrels. While you’re attempting to protect your birds, be sure to carefully choose the squirrel baffle and follow the instructions carefully.
Audubon Slinky Baffle
Keeping squirrels from eating the bird seed at your feeders is possible, and this trick is very effective. Simply hang a slinky baffle from the pole of your bird feeder, and the slinky will quickly drop down onto the ground. If a squirrel is trying to climb the pole, he or she will be quickly startled, and will quickly give up.
Another option is to make your own squirrel baffle. You can buy a large plastic salad bowl or a metal mixing bowl and cut it to the right size. Then, use a high-tensile-steel spring to prevent squirrels from climbing the pole and reaching the feeder. It is easy to install, is durable, and is great value for the money. This squirrel baffle will keep the squirrels out of your bird feeders, while you’ll still be able to enjoy watching your birds!
Adding a slinky baffle to your hanging bird feeder will help keep squirrels out, but it’s not as effective as a plastic baffle. It’s easy for a squirrel to slip off a slinky baffle and end up on your feeder instead. You’ll be able to attract more birds and save money as well!
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.