Baffled by Baffles?

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Are you baffled by baffles? I recently set up a new bird feeder and discovered that birds were not my first guests! In researching ways to keep my squirrel guests at bay, I came across the various types of baffles I can use to protect my feeder and the seed. Here is a rundown!

Baffles are typically made of plastic or metal and form a protective shield above or below your bird feeder. They can be hung from above on a hook or mounted on a pole beneath your feeders.


Dome baffles are the most popular and typically are hung above the bird feeder. They work well to not only keep squirrels and rodents from climbing down to the seed but they also protect the feeder and seed from the elements. Dome baffles can also be attached upside down under a pole-mounted feeder and come in a variety of materials such as clear or dark plastic and even UV-stabilized polycarbonate which protects the seed from direct sunlight.


Wrap around baffles are typically made of weather-resistant steel and are also quite popular and easy to install. There is no need to remove the feeder in order to install this baffle. It also suits various pole sizes and is said to deter raccoons as well as smaller animals such as squirrels and chipmunks. Height placement is key and these should be placed at least 4 or 5 feet above the ground in order to ensure squirrels cannot jump above the baffle.


A torpedo baffle is just that–torpedo shaped! It is narrow on one end and larger on the other and rests on an adjustable metal coupler. It should be placed below a pole-mounted bird feeder and ideally at least 5 feet from the ground. A Torpedo Baffle is typically made of textured powder-coated steel and is hollow which creates a tunnel to nowhere for unsuspecting furry critters.

When choosing a baffle, be sure to consider the size and placement of your feeder to determine which option is best for you.

Enjoy and Happy Birding!