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Why You Need Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
by Michelle Anderson
August 28, 2011

Why You Need Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

Hate them or love them, squirrels are amazing creatures. Because of their acrobatic abilities, especially the ability to ransack birdfeeders and destroy property, many people hate them.

If you’re into bird feeding, you’ve probably already experienced the headaches squirrels cause. How can they be that good at stealing bird seed? Read on to find out more on why squirrel proof bird feeders are important.

Squirrel Teeth Never Stop Growing

It’s not a comforting mental image … furry creatures with insanely long, sharp teeth. Even though the teeth, specifically the incisors, continue to grow, they are constantly being grated down from all the chewing. And, unfortunately, “all the chewing” can include destroying your property, like wooden , even some metal, bird feeders.

Squirrels Jump Really, Really High

Thanks to their short front legs and ultra muscular hind legs, squirrels are powerful jumpers. In fact, they can jump up to 20 feet. Either you can hang bird feeders inconveniently high, or you can get some squirrel proof bird feeders.

Squirrels Jump Vertically

On the ground one second, and 4 feet straight up the next, onto your bird feeder. If you have squirrel proof bird feeders, no problem. If not, say goodbye to your birdseed. These critters have a ravenous appetite.

A Squirrel Eats the Equivalent of its Body Weight in Food … In a Week

Like I noted above, a squirrel has a ravenous appetite. In one week it will eat an amount of food equal to its entire body weight. Hungry squirrels mean crafty squirrels. Crafty squirrels mean bird seed-stealing squirrels.

Squirrels are Double-Jointed

Since squirrels are double-jointed they can run up and down trees. And with sharp claws, they have firm grips. Put the two together, and you’ve got an animal able to reach what otherwise would look like well-positioned bird feeders.

Falling 100 Feet? No Problem.

The squirrel’s tail is part parachute, part stabilizer. If it falls to the ground, from as high as 100 feet, it doesn’t get hurt. Because of this, squirrels are reckless. They won’t think twice about jumping from a really high branch to get to a food source.

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders to the Rescue

Allow me to introduce the squirrel proof bird feeder. It knows all the squirrel’s tricks.

The two main types of squirrel proof bird feeders are caged and weight-activated.

Caged are just what they sound like: bird feeders enclosed in a cage. The cage, made of chew-resistant metal, is big enough to keep the squirrels out but small enough to give birds access to the seeds. When looking for a caged bird feeder, look for one easy to refill.

Weight-activated are spring-loaded, weight-sensitive feeders that shut off access to feeding ports when squirrels jump on. Some are even designed with different tubes so you can offer different types of bird seed … all while outsmarting the squirrels.

Guest Author Byline This guest post by Michelle Anderson, who blogs on wild bird feeders, including squirrel proof bird feeders.

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