Do It! How to Guard Your Bird Feeder from Squirrels and Raccoons

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While feeding birds in your yard is a popular pastime, squirrels and raccoons can often empty or destroy a bird feeder in no time flat. To keep furry critters away from bird feeders that are mounted on a pole, make a DIY guard from a piece of 6-inch stovepipe and end cap.

To make a homemade squirrel and raccoon guard:

  • Step 1: Buy a 2’ long piece of 6” diameter stovepipe, a 6” diameter stovepipe end cap, 3 sheet metal screws, and a hose clamp.
  • Step 2: Clamp the end cap to a piece of scrap wood, and use a metal bit or hole saw to drill a hole in the center of the end cap the size of the bird feeder pole.
  • Step 3: Secure the stovepipe end cap to the stovepipe with sheet metal screws.
  • Step 4: Remove the bird feeder from the pole, and attach the hose clamp to the bird feeder pole to support the stovepipe guard.
  • Step 5: Slide the stovepipe guard over the top of the pole, so it rests on the hose clamp.
  • Step 6: Place the bird feeder back on the pole.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information


Danny: Hey Julie has written some great articles for our website at, a Special section called “Around the Yard.” And Julie, occasionally you hit on a subject that a lot of people are interested in, and one of them involves a bird feeder.

Julie: This has been a very popular topic because we all love to feed the birds, but we don’t always love to feed the squirrels and the raccoons. So I have instructions for a simple project, for a baffle that is squirrel proof and raccoon proof. The baffle itself is made out of stovepipe, a two-foot section with a cap for the end. You can buy this already cut. It comes in black, it also comes in possibly other colors or paintable galvanized.

Danny: Boy that was tricky putting that lid on there – the top of it. And also, you know, having to drill the hole of course, dead center, same diameter as this. And then it took a little while to get that on, didn’t it?

Julie: It really was tough, you kind of have to work that on there. But once you get it, you use some self drilling screws to attach it around the edges, and you are ready to install.

Danny: Let’s slip it over here, see if I can guide it through there, there we go. And, rest down there, this goes back on top, and tonight dinner will be for just the birds.


  1. watched video of squirrel and raccoon guard, because my squirrels , and a full family of raccoons were dominating day and night………..I googled the subject…and up came your video….DIY squirrel & raccoon guard. I am so relieved when I built(per your instructions)…the black 2 foot guard with cap. Success !!…..all squirrels stayed on the ground during daytime—–at dusk the whole family of Raccoons walked around pole and grazed……had nothing to do with the pole whatsoever. This morning–everything was normal and was a pleasure to see all the feeders perfect instead of pulled down and pieces had to be put back together with new screws or repair. Cost about 10.00 bucks and about an hour of time……….. Thank You for the money saving Great Idea.

  2. The pole I use for my feeders has hooks so this wouldn’t work because the pipe won’t go over the hooks. Any other suggestions?

    • Hi, Lori,
      Here’s “Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford’s answer to your question:
      “You can take a piece of aluminum flashing, 12 or 8 inches high, and wrap it around the birdfeeder stand and use foil or metal duct tape to attach. Good luck with your project!”
      Thanks for your question.

  3. Forgetaboutit. We finally put up a 4′ 8 inch diameter stove pipe around the feeder pole. Worked for one year. year 2 and the raccoons figured out how to stretch enough to jump up onto the top.
    We then installed an 18″ circular cone on top of the stove pipes. Worked for about a month. Onwards to better ideas. Unless you got dumb raccoons, might as well just put out a day’s supply of seeds for the birds and refill every morning.

  4. Any suggestions to get stovepipe baffle on pole that as 2 hooks on top .decorative…so cap will not fit over top of decorative/hook section. Raccoons are my problem. Already have squirrel baffles thank you very much

    • Hi, Judy,
      Interesting question — we haven’t covered that topic before, so we’re opening this question to the community.
      Any ideas, y’all?


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