5 Best Squirrel Proof Hummingbird Feeders

5 Best Squirrel Proof Hummingbird Feeders
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Squirrels can be fun to watch as they scurry for cover up onto the trees. That said, they can be equally disturbing to deal with especially when they are secretly chomping on the meal of your tiny hummers. Therefore, if you want to do away with these funny critters, you must look for the best squirrel proof hummingbird feeders. Squirrels tend to eat pretty fast and they can easily eat all the bird food within a day. 

5 Best Squirrel Proof Hummingbird Feeders

01.

Juegoal Hummingbird Feeder with 8 Feeding Ports, Hanging Design for Birds Lover

This sauce type feeder is really the way to go since it contains built-in moat. Despite the fact this feeder may not push back bees completely but still it significantly reduces the number bees getting attracted to the feeder itself. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about the leakage of nectar because the nectar always stays below the openings. 
What We Like
  • Nectar stays below the opening, so completely leakproof
  • Pretty easy to clean thoroughly since you can easily remove the top section
  • It allows hummers to perch when drinking and they don’t have to hover anymore
  • Pretty hassle-free to assemble
What We Don’t Like
  • It does not fend off bees completely
02.

Garden Hummingbird Feeder with Perch – Hand Blown Glass – Blue 

Thanks to its round perch and eye-catching design, this feeder looks beautiful hanging on your patio. It is pretty easy to refill this feeder with nectar due to its wide-mouth reservoir. The design allows you to easily disassemble and clean the bottle with a brush. You can clean the two-part base separately too. 
What We Like
  • It is made of sturdy and thick glass
  • You can hang it in multiple ways
  • The round perch allows hummers to feed while perching
  • Refilling is quite simple and easy
What We Don’t Like
  • The instructions for how to use the included parts are not very good
03.

Juegoal Window Hummingbird Feeder, 8-Ounce

It is super easy to clean and refill because you can easily pull out the feeder part. It comes with an ant moat, which prevents crawling insects from getting sucked into the nectar. You can conveniently slide the lid off the reservoir and so, it allows for easy cleaning. Thanks to its larger size, you may not have to refill it everyday.
What We Like
  • Pretty easy to refill and clean
  • It is fairly large and you don’t have to refill it everyday
  • Easy to assemble
  • It contains pretty strong perch
What We Don’t Like
  • The two suction cup mounts are not very strong
04.

Best-1 8oz. Hummingbird Feeder

It has a plastic base that allows hummers to perch while feeding. The attached hanger is made of sturdy brass material. The simple design of this feeder ward the wasps off. 
What We Like
  • Easy to understand enclosed instructions
  • Pretty convenient to reassemble and take them apart
  • Glass container is easy to clean with a bottle brush
What We Don’t Like
  • It’s pretty hard to see the level if it runs out of nectar
05.

BOLITE Hummingbird Feeder, Glass Hummingbird Feeder for Outdoor

It makes for a perfect addition to your patio thanks to its netted texture on its ball. It is an absolute breeze to refill and clean this beautiful feeder because of the two-part base. The glass jar is made of high quality and thick glass.

Therefore, it is strong enough to hold up for years. You can easily slide open the bottom part. You can stand up the top flat section of the feeder as you refill the glass bottle. This way you can tighten it conveniently because now you have a sound grip on the glass as well as on the base parts. 

What We Like
  • Easy to refill, clean and reassemble
  • The pigment won’t fade in the sun
What We Don’t Like
  • The inside of the top may get rust spots after some time

Learn More: Best Woodpecker Proof Hummingbird Feeders

Tips on How to Keep Squirrels Away from Hummingbird Feeders

  • Squirrels are pretty intuitive rodents. They are smart enough to teach other squirrels how to eat or drink something from bird’s feeders. Therefore, while preparing hummingbird feeders, it is always necessary to make your feeder as unappealing to other unlikely visitors like squirrels as possible. In order to ward off these furry critters, you need to make it as hard as possible for them to get their hands on any kind of nectar. 
  • Squirrels can jump as high as up to five feet into the air. For that reason, you need to install your feeder as high as possible and certainly not close to any tree. If you put your feeder near the ground or right next to your house, it would be an open invitation to enjoy a ‘free meal’ for any squirrel. However, if you happen to put your feeder close to any tree, you’ll need to cut down some of the branches that may give squirrels easy access to the food.
  • One of the effective ways to push back squirrels is to attach slinky on the feeder pole. By doing so, the squirrels it would be quite hard for them to climb and reach for the bird food. Actually, you need to make it as hard as possible for squirrels to hold onto something. Once they realize that it is too hard to get hold onto it or reach for the food source, they will soon give up and will never come back. 
  • You may also consider buying a feeder with very small openings that it becomes too hard for squirrels to fit through such wires. Thanks to their smaller beak size, the hummers can still make it through any kind of opening and retrieve the nectar easily. In an effort to eat, squirrels may also seek to chew the plastic of the bird feeder. As a result, this may create sharp edges that can injure hummingbirds. In order to avoid this, you can have a feeder with a sturdy metal base or strong plastic material. 
  • It is important to realize how resourceful and tenacious these furry animals are. That’s why you should employ several methods to deter squirrels from the feeders. 
01.

Keep the Feeder Clean

Squirrels have a pretty keen sense of smell. With the help of this sense, not only do they communicate with each other but also find mating partners. By keeping your feeder clean all the time, you’ll less likely draw any unwanted visitors including squirrels. 

02.

Make it Difficult to Access

You can put a cage around the feeder and also put it far away so that the paws of these inquisitive rodents may not reach the feeder. Plus, the horizontal jump of a squirrel cannot exceed 5-7 feet, which means if you place the feeder far enough, it is possible to do away with it. 

03.

If the feeder drips, fix it!

When the feeder leaks, it would be something like an open invitation for these pesky animals to dine. Thanks to their extraordinary sense of smell, squirrels can easily find out the nectar spill nearby. Note down how many times you’ll have to do refills. However, if you feel like you may have to refill multiple times in a day, the odds are that your feeder may have a leakage. In that case, you’ll either have to replace the damaged part or fix it right away. 

04.

Provide Heat 

If you apply a chemical called Capsaicin onto the feeder, it will provide heat to these furry creatures. The good thing is, hummingbirds won’t be affected by this heating chemical. This type of chemical is readily found in chili peppers. 

05.

Install PVC Pipe

Squirrels are very agile and can easily climb up the wooden poles. But if you cover it up with a PVC pipe, it becomes too slippery for them to have a firm grip on it. 

06.

Give the Squirrels the Food they want!

If you provide them their food like sunflower seeds far away from the feeder, it is less likely that they’ll try to make an attempt for the hummingbird feeder. Like most other wildlife, squirrels would probably go for easy pickings and hassle-free lunch. 

07.

Put a Squirrel-Baffle

Putting squirrel-baffle at the top of the pole can block up the passage for these furry creatures. A baffle is a kind of an upside-down plate with a slippery surface at the top of it. If the squirrel climbs from underneath, there is no way it can get around the baffle. Plus, the upper surface is too smooth and slippery for these animals to hang around for long.

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