The best squirrel proof bird feeder pole we have found after numerous comparisons is the is the Squirrel-Stopper Pole from Liberty Products.
If you already have an existing bird feeder pole, you may be able to squirrel-proof it by simply attaching a squirrel baffle.
If you are starting from scratch, have squirrel problems and want a new pole to hang your feeders from, then this all-in-one squirrel proof pole and baffle set is a great choice.
"I thought this was a crazy expensive way to feed birds. Then we looked at getting a baffle for our cheap pole and that was going to cost $20 to $30...
And we figured we'd save some money on bird feed once the squirrels couldn't get at it.
We put it together and set it up in less than an hour. The auger was awesome!
Filled the bird feeder and was amazed at how many days it stayed filled....we will save tons of money in food that was being wasted on those rats with furry tails....
6-month update: We are still very happy with this purchase. The screws are starting to rust a little but at least those can be replaced if needed.
The squirrels gave up trying to get at our bird food months ago." - W. Barrett Tampa, FL
If you simply want a pole to attach to your deck to hang your feeder from, then this pole below has been a favorite of many. Some have further increased its squirrel-proofness by greasing the pole with cooking oil and/or using a baffle over their feeder.
"Bonus: The squirrels can't figure out how to get to the feeders; they're too far to jump to, and they can't figure out how to get down from the hook end of the pole to the food without falling (tho' it is amusing to watch them try!)." - Jennifer
And for those of you who already have an existing bird feeder pole, you can simple attach a baffle to stop the squirrels. Below are several types:
...Now Back to The Squirrel Stopper
An Investment Worthy of It's Price - Extremely High ROI :-) At first, some felt the cost of the pole was a bit much, but a common comment is the price of this squirrel proof pole is definitely worth it in the long run. When they see how much they save on bird seed after squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossums, etc. stop stealing, the investment is made up in a short amount of time.
People also note how much money they have already spent on buying shepherd hooks, squirrel baffles, squirrel proof bird feeders and other cheap, flimsy poles that the extra cost for the quality of the Squirrel-Stopper is also worth it in the long run. It simply does what it's supposed to do - stop squirrels and others from eating seed that are only meant to feed the birds.
The only big issue I have seen with this pole is rust. Some, not all, users have had problems with the pole rusting over time. However, I have read from customers that they simply rust-proof it completely by spraying it with a Rust-Olem Clear Coat product. It may be worth it to do this as a preventative before installing. Also, one other person says they simply, "...wipe it down at the beginning of each winter with an oily rag, to give it a bit of protection from water, and it hasn't needed anything more."
Squirrels From Above
Squirrel can launch themselves up to 11 feet from trees, fences, roofs, decks, bird baths or any elevated platforms. Therefore, to stop squirrels from getting to your feeders from above make sure you install your pole at least 11 feet from any launching site. If this is not possible and you have squirrels getting to your feeders from above, then you may need to install some kind of deterrent from the top, such as a dome baffle.
Tip for Screwing in Auger if You Have Hard, Rocky Soil
Most do not have any problems screwing in the auger when installing the pole. However, if you have exceptionally hard, rocky soil it may be best to first loosen up the ground with a shovel or mattock and then use the auger to make it easier for insallation.
If You Are Vertically Challenged
The only other minor issue I read in reviews had to do with short people. The hooks that the feeders will hang from are approximately 6 feet up and so some could not reach the hooks to install and refill the feeders. To resolve this problem, some have simply put either an extra length of small chain or another hook from the existing arm hooks and then have no problem with reach. You just don't want the feeder to go much below the 5-foot mark or else the squirrels will be able to jump and access them from below.
I think it says something when people come back months, even years later to update their reviews to say the pole and baffle is still working and they have bought a second one either for themselves to hang in a different location with more feeders or as a gift to give to fellow backyard bird watchers.
When you start doing a search to buy the Squirrel-Stopper, it's amazing how much the price differences are between retailers. The lowest price I've seen is as low at Amazon for $117 (which varies, but usually still priced the cheapest) and as high as $179 at Wind & Weather - which is strange because the MSRP on it is only $169. That's a huge price difference for the same exact product. That's why I always look for a product first at Amazon because it's typically the cheapest. Another popular place is at Duncraft which is priced at $149. Because the Squirrel Stopper is so popular, the last time I looked, it was almost out of stock at Amazon with only a few left.
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