Rated 3.5 out of 5Â by 25
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by OfAlcatraz Great Bird Feeder!
This is the best bird feeder I have found for our application. It keeps squirrels from easily taking all of the seed. They can still get to the seed, but at a very slow rate. The internal plastic chamber is removable from the the metal cage by lifting and twisting the bottom of the feeder. This way the refill is done without having to reach to the top of the feeder. After filling, it is easily re-attached from the bottom of the cage.
The only way this might be better would be if the cage was distanced farther from the plastic insert, to discourage squirrels even more.
December 10, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by anna NOT Squirrel Proof!
Within 1 hour of putting out the squirrels had unscrewed the top, and were also eating away down below. Nice feeder but NOT critter proof. I have lots of photos of this, maybe I should send some to the manufacturer!
July 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Oosel Purchased At Least 6 of These Feeders
I have lived in Texas, Michigan, Washington (state) and New York and I have purchased 1 or 2 of these feeders for each place. They aren't a 100% squirrel proof, but it does slow them down and if you hang them away from limbs and on a thin rope it makes it harder for the squirrels. I have Gold Finches, Purple Finches, House Finches, Sparrows, Downey Woodpeckers, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Red Headed Woodpecher, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Tufted Titmice, House Wrens, Blue Jays and Starlings that come to these feeders. I layer different types of seeds so there is a little something for everyone. If you buy inexpensive seed you limit the variety of birds that will come to your feeder and you will have a lot of wasted seed left on the ground. It pays to purchase seed that is a higher quality. I like seed that has Sunflower Seed, Safflower and Whole or Cracked Corn and even Shelled Peanuts. I had a Mockingbird that came to this feeder, so I put Raisins, Dry Cranberries and Blueberries out for her. If you hang a Suet Feeder next to your seed feeder it will help bring a greater number of birds. Especially when it is cold. I love these feeders because they load from the bottom, so if you hang them in a tree you can reach up and turn the bottom to easily refill them. When I lived in Washington I had three Raccoons that raided my feeders every night. They were so smart they would pull the rope and bring the feeders to them and chew the rope. They couldn't get them open so they would drop them to the ground and roll them to get the seed out. I finally attached a couple of hooks to the eaves of the cabin which were about 15 feet above the ground and tied a thin rope to the feeder so that I could raise and lower the feeder to fill it. I finally out smarted the Raccoons and also the Squirrels. I have to refill my feeders every couple of days. This is a great feeder and is extremely durable and worth every penny. The reason I purchase new ones every time I move, is not because the feeders wear out, but because people can't believe how many different types of birds are at the feeders. It's like leaving a house warming gift for the next owner.
February 7, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by ljadwin sturdy, well-built, effective feeder for small birds
We live in the northeast and have several bird feeders, including two of these.
- attracts small birds, like chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, juncos, finches.
- sturdy, well-built, easy to load (from bottom) and easy to disassemble and clean.
- design is simple and elegant, not a lot of moving parts to clean or manage
- price-point is reasonable compared to similar feeders
- Wire cage around hopper allows birds to land on feeder at various points - not just at single perches.
Hopper is large enough to last several days - you don't have to refill as often as you do with small-hopper feeders that are narrower in diameter.
- Nice (for us) red color. Metal parts are covered with plastic so they don't rust.
- Isn't squirrel proof (but no feeder is, IMHO).
- can attract too many sparrows, who hang out on the wires and discourage other birds from landing.
- Perches are too small for larger birds such as cardinals, grosbeaks, and jays.
We suggest you fill with sunflower/black oil sunflower to attract the smaller seed-eating birds. And if you use sunflower, avoid hanging this right above a place where you're not trying to grow plants or lawn because the sunflower seeds/shells inhibit plant growth (google alleleopathy if you're curious about how this works).
To discourage squirrels and enhance your bird-watching fun, consider hanging one of these from the eaves outside a second-story window, where you can view the birds up close and squirrels are unlikely to be able to get to it.
Our cats love watching the birds out the window in the winter, and we don't have to worry about them actually hunting the birds. ;-)
November 2, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Rzeigler Heavy Duty Bird Feeder
Having had other "Heavy Duty" bird feeders destroyed over time by squirrels, I decided to give this one a shot. So far it has held up to daily attacks quite well with no visible signs of damage. We have everything from wrens to doves come by and it handles all of them equally. While it is not "Squirrel Proof" as far as them getting food, it does seem to be inasmuch as they cannot damage it. I also like the large capacity of food it holds. Makes me fill it less often.
May 20, 2014