Backyard Bird Feeding Solutions

SafflowerWhile late-summer continues to be a wonderful time to feed the birds, unwanted feeder visitors can be troublesome. With the proper feeders, food and accessories, you can enjoy your birds and limit these possible problems.

Safflower

Offer safflower, and keep starlings and grackles from eating all your bird food, crowding your feeders and chasing away the birds you want to see. Safflower is a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Most song birds eat safflower; however, starlings, grackles and squirrels typically do not.

Squirrel Solutions

Guard Against Squirrels and Large Birds. Take delight not only in seeing the finches, chickadees and other colorful birds you enjoy, but also in frustrating the squirrels, grackles, pigeons and starlings. With our On Guard™ cages, you control the size of bird that dines at your feeder. They allow small birds to go in and out to get their seed but stop larger birds and animals from entering. Our cages will fit a variety of feeder styles and sizes.

EliminatorOur Top-of-the-Line Squirrel-Proof Feeder

The Eliminator™ allows you to stop squirrels from eating your seed. Featuring unique, weight-sensitive technology, the feeder's seed ports are closed when a squirrel touches the perch ring. You can set the sensitivity level to also exclude large birds such as pigeons or doves. It's easy to hang, holds about three quarts of seed and is backed with a limited lifetime guarantee.

Baffle Your Squirrels

Our Advanced Pole System® (APS) Squirrel Baffle is designed to help make your bird feeding station squirrel-resistant. Made of durable, powder-coated steel, these baffles feature a tapered design that is very effective in stopping squirrels before they reach your feeders.

Place your baffle on your setup so the top of the baffle is about 5 feet from the ground.

We also offer raccoon baffles.

Window Feeders

Many people feed birds for years, attract a wide variety of species, have large numbers of birds visiting their feeders, and think that they have achieved backyard bird nirvana. But if there's one thing better than lots of birds, it's lots of birds really close. Have you ever been thrilled when a bird showed the unprecedented confidence in you of approaching within 10 feet or so? With a window feeder, it's easy to position yourself on the immediate other side of the glass and view birds from 10 inches away. Imagine if your closest friends and family members were kept at a 10 ft distance from you at all times so that you couldn't see any of the subtle details of their face and expression - real proximity allows not just identification, but perception.

  • Low-mess: If you've been deterred from feeding birds on a balcony or other mess-sensitive location due to the need for total cleanliness, window feeders may be your answer. Most of these feeders are based on boxes or trays with high sides to keep seed from spilling. Using no-mess foods like sunflower chips, Bark Butter Bits, or shelled peanuts leaves no messy hulls or shells behind.
  • Affordable: Many of these feeders are small and are good either as starter feeders or as add-on feeders to complement full size hanging feeders, bringing the birds already in your yard closer to you.
  • Reduce window strikes: One easily preventable cause of bird injury is poorly placed feeders. Birds suddenly fleeing a feeder that is too close to a window (generally under 15 feet away) may not notice the window in their way in their hurry to escape the perceived danger. Window feeders work against this danger in two ways: they present solid objects which show flying birds that there is something there, and they encourage birds to feed next to the window itself, from where any escape routes will involve moving away from the glass. 
  • Squirrel-proof: Even the most agile squirrels cannot walk directly upon vertical glass panes. A feeder placed in the middle of a window - with adequate distance from climbable edges - is usually inaccessible to everyone without wings.