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Barrier Guard Specialty Bluebird Feeder - Blue

by Erva
Original price $83.99 - Original price $83.99
Original price
$83.99 - $83.99
Current price $83.99
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This is feeder is one of our favorites for keeping hungry eastern bluebirds fed while keeping the European starlings at bay! Bluebird feeder comes with a blue glass (dishwasher safe) mealworm cup and wire mesh barrier guard. This baffled bluebird feeder is surrounded by sturdy vinyl coated wire mesh with 1-1/2" square openings to keep out starlings and squirrels. The top and bottom are fully galvanized steel and powder coated in a blue finish for years of durability.

The glass cup is 3.25" in diameter and 1" deep and holds about two handfuls of dried mealworms.  This feeder comes with a galvanized cable. The cable with the slide pulled down to secure the lid adds 12" to the height of the feeder, which measures 14" W x 8" H. 

Attracts the following birds: Eastern bluebirds, chickadees, downy woodpeckers, titmice, nuthatches, orioles, wrens, and occasionally warblers. We've had mixed reports from customers: sometimes northern mockingbirds fit and sometimes not.

We recommend adding the Perch Accessory, sold separately or as a bundle, to help your bluebirds perch together, decide on an entry point, and gain easy access to the feeder.

You may also mount it on a 1" pole by using a Pole Adapter, sold separately.

Need more mealworm feeding capacity and a dish that's winterproof? Try swapping in this new Aluminum Replacement Dish.

Made in the USA.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Carolyn P.
Bluebirds barred entry

I was so excited to get this feeder with the hope that the bluebirds in my area could eat worms in peace without the pesky mockingbirds and jays. Well we watched bluebirds try to get inside the cage and they couldn’t do it. I’m not sure why but they do look a little bigger than the the cage openings. Of course other smaller birds go in and out with ease. Any suggestions?

Thank you for your feedback. It looks like you have had your feeder for about two weeks. I've found that it can take at least two weeks or more for the bluebirds to figure this feeder out (the chickadees and tufted titmice seem to catch on much faster). But once they do, it's a great way to keep them fed and the large, unwanted birds like European starlings at bay. The barrier grid is 1.5' x 1.5', which is the standard size entry hole for bluebird nest boxes. Any bigger, and the starlings could get in, unfortunately. I'm hoping with a little more time, your resident bluebirds will figure it out! I personally use this feeder at home with much success. You can see the feeder in action in this environmental education post: and an older version of this feeder with a view from the inside from the manufacturer: With a little more time, your bluebirds should be happy and protected from the bully birds! I also see that you purchased the perch accessory, so be sure that is installed. I've found that the bluebirds can figure out how to get into the feeder but they are not always very graceful about it. The perches give them a place to land and think about how they want to enter. It's also great for bluebird fledglings, as shown in this post:
I've had a few customers observe that some of their chubbiest male bluebirds seem to struggle to enter. We sell a lot of these barrier guard feeders, so I would say this is a pretty rare occurrence. One of my customers took some pliers and widened a few of the bottom-most squares by hand. There's a risk that a starling could then get in, but hopefully doing a few on the lowest row of squares will be too hard for them but help the chubby male bluebirds. If you decide to do this, please keep me posted if it helps or not...

Colleen Karow
Worked well, needs a bigger cup

The feeder is very large and beautiful. I was worried my bluebirds wouldn't get in because the cage openings appeared small. However, by the end of the first day they figured it out. (Note, I did have the old feeder [the ones the starlings overrun most of the day] up next to it the first day to help them adjust). Now, I fill the small cup up each morning and by the afternoon the food is gone and the bluebirds have flown in and out of it easily. My only recommendation - since most people use dried mealy bugs - it would be nice to have a larger inner cup so I don't have to go out twice a day to fill it up!.

Thanks for the feedback! I'm so glad your bluebirds figured it out that quickly! The openings are 1.5'x1.5', so the same as a bluebird box entrance hole. Erva just started offering a larger volume aluminum cup that will hold 1.5 cups of dried mealworms that you can swap in for the glass dish:

Patrina Percy
Works great

Bluebird's started using it within hours! So nice not to be feeding the Robins and blackbirds.

Hilda Warner
Bluebird Haven

We are so thrilled with our Barrier Guard feeder!!!! Grackles were eating 90% or more of the worms. Not anymore! It took the bluebirds and wrens less than 30 minutes to start flying in. They are now content with knowing they can eat in peace! I am happy I bought the metal perches!!

Sharon Samis
Great Bluebird Feeder

Finally a feeder that doesn’t allow the starlings to eat everything! It took my bluebirds about three days to become used to this feeder but now they go in and out easily. My Carolina Wrens love it! I bought the additional metal perches and am so glad I did. My bluebirds perch on those before going into the feeder. The starlings can get get some meal worms that become scattered around the outside edge but this feeder certainly saves me a great deal of money not having to refill an empty dome feeder after the starlings have been there. A great purchase!!!