Snow, sleet and freezing temperatures can really take the fun out of feeding the birds—especially when the feeders are covered in snow and moisture has gotten in, making a frozen mess of your bird seed!
Tube feeders are perhaps the most difficult to protect from rain and especially blowing snow, simply because of their length. Most tube feeders have a hanging bailAspects Super Baffle or Duncraft’s Weather Guard. The reason for this is so you can get the baffle as low over the feeder as possible for the greatest protection. With other baffles, there is usually a hook-type connection between the hanger bail and the baffle which can put the baffle up too high to be of much use.
For hanging hopper, globe and tray feeders, be sure to choose an overhead baffle that’s wide enough to cover the entire feeder. For tray feeders, a wide, flat baffle such asDuncraft’s SB5 works well. For hanging hoppers and globes, a wide dome-type baffle such as the 20” Clear Squirrel Baffle is a great choice.
Two points to keep in mind when you’re using a baffle for weather protection rather than just for squirrel protection is to hang the baffle over the feeder as low as possible, and secondly, to buy a baffle that’s wide enough to completely cover the feeder and
You may not be able to keep all the snow off your feeders this winter, especially in really windy conditions. But weather guards and baffles will certainly help!