Squirrel Buster Standard Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder w/4 Metal Perches, 1.3-pound Seed Capacity
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- LIFETIME CARE: you only need to buy one of our products, and we will guarantee to service your feeder for free for the rest of your life!
- TRULY SQUIRREL PROOF: the weight of an adult squirrel automatically closes the shroud denying access to seed.
- NEED FOR CLEARANCE: hang providing an 18-inch/47-cm CLEARANCE on all sides.
- CHEW PROOF: all feeder parts exposed to squirrels are made of chew proof materials.
- NO TOOLS REQUIRED: our feeders are designed to be dismantled by hand into individual components without the use of tools.
- SEED VENTILATION SYSTEM: our patented Seed Ventilation System keeps the seed fresh longer attracting more wild birds.
- WEIGHT ADJUSTABLE: the patented adjustable spring mechanism allows you to control which size birds will feed on your Squirrel Buster.
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Welcome to Squirrel-free Bird Feeding
Over 3.5 million bird-lovers are happily feeding birds and not worrying about squirrels.
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The Need for Clearance!
Remember it is the squirrel’s weight that triggers the closing mechanism. If a squirrel can reach over from a nearby foothold and avoid placing its weight on the feeder, it will be able to access the seed. Allow for at least 18 inches or 47 cm of clearance around the feeder. This will force the squirrel to climb onto the feeder triggering the closing mechanism.
|Squirrel Solution 200||Squirrel Buster Peanut+||Squirrel Buster Legacy/Standard/Mini||Squirrel Buster Plus||Squirrel Buster Classic|
The weight of an adult squirrel automatically closes the seed ports, denying access to the seed but not harming the squirrels in any way.
All feeder parts exposed to squirrels are made of chew proof metals or RoxResinTM, a remarkable 100% chew proof, waterproof, rustproof and UV stabilized material.
Seed Ventilation System
Transparent seed tubes trap solar energy, and conventional seed tube designs block the escape of the heated air. Our patented Seed Ventilation System permits humidity and hot air to escape through the vents at the top of the feeder and replaces it with fresh air. Bird food remains fresher, attracting more wild birds.
All components are UV resistant keeping your feeder looking new.
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Squirrel Buster Standard is a squirrel proof wild bird feeder with a lifetime warranty. It is easy to clean and to fill. It is weight adjustable to exclude larger birds, and no tools are required to assemble it. Holds 3/4 quarts of seed.
Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder
Equipped with patented Squirrel Buster technology, this Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard bird feeder offers an innovative design that attracts birds while keeping squirrels at bay. The bird feeder holds up to 3/4 quarts of bird seed, whether it's Black Oil sunflower seed (a good all-round birdseed) or other seed blends specific to your area.
A welcome choice for bird lovers, the squirrel-proof bird feeder attracts a wide variety of clinging and perching birds including American Gold Finches, Chickadees, Hairy Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, White-Breasted Nuthatches, and Purple Finches.
Seed Saver Technology
Openings in the bottom section of the metal mesh shroud align with the seed tray, providing birds access to the food. When a squirrel climbs onto the feeder, its weight automatically forces the shroud down, closing access to the seed. Squirrels and some large birds are blocked from accessing the seed, but are not harmed in any way.
Negative Grip Tube
Even more, the feeder includes a negative grip tube, which prevents squirrels from grabbing the wire hanger with their hind legs, hanging down alongside the feeder, and defeating the closing mechanism.
Seed Ventilation System
Traditional transparent seed tube designs trap solar energy and block the escape of hot, moist air. The seed ventilation system lets hot and humid air escape through vents at the top
of the feeder as fresh air enters the seed ports and openings on the bottom of the seed tube. Birdseed remains fresher and attracts more birds.
The Lasting Beauty of RoxResin Components
Remarkable RoxResin is waterproof, rust proof, dishwasher-safe, and UV stabilized. Because the color is blended into the material itself, RoxResin components show little sign of wear and tear, even after prolonged and repeated exposure to the elements or marauding squirrels.
Place the Feeder Almost Anywhere
Place your feeder just about anywhere--no more worrying about those pesky squirrels. Position the feeder by your deck, in a nearby tree, or over a favorite window for those great close-up views. The bird feeder hangs easily with the use of wall brackets, branch hooks, or extension hooks.
Be sure to allow for at least 16 inches (40 cm) of clearance around the feeder. This clearance will prevent a squirrel from reaching over from a nearby foothold to access the seed without placing its weight on the feeder. Forcing the squirrel to climb all the way onto the feeder triggers the closing mechanism, preventing access.
- Detachable Component System for easy cleaning, filling, and servicing
- Dishwasher-safe for total sanitizing
- Stainless-steel perches and hanger
- UV stabilized components
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|Capacity||3 quarts||1.5 quarts||3/4 quart||1.5 quarts||3/4 quart of peanuts or nuggets|
|Seed Saver Technology||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Weight Adjustable for Selective Feeding||Yes||-||Yes||-||Yes|
|Seed Ventilation System||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Detachable Component System||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Easy to Clean||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|UV Stabilized Components||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Unlimited Customer Care||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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This feeder attracts all sorts of birds to the yard. The perches are very small but after several weeks all the birds got the hang of it. We have cardinals, blue jays, mockingbirds, sparrows, chickadees, doves :( and woodpeckers that all enjoy this feeder. A few squirrels have been able to access the food but mostly just get frustrated and stop trying. Watching them attempt to get to the food is quite comical.
If your bird seed is chunky, the dispensing ports are quite small and food will get stuck in the ports, thus clogging the other food from falling down. I have to go out there often to dislodge the chunks. We like to feed a fruit and nut blend and honestly this is not a great choice for this feeder.
The instructions say dishwasher safe but I put the feeder in the dishwasher on the top rack and the inner seed tube melted. Also the paint is fading off the outer metal tube. So not really dishwasher safe. I was mailed a replacement at no cost but buyer beware.
Lastly, the metal perches seem to shift when a heavy bird gets on and then they remain at an angle. Hard to explain in writing but I am having to go out and unbend the perches daily. Definitely a design flaw.
Overall this is a great feeder and we have been happy with it. A few small tweaks in design would make this a five star product.
Edit: added my modification photos. Hope it helps.
A friend pointed me to the Brome Squirrel Buster Pro. It looked good but was quite a bit more than I wanted to spend on yet another "squirrel proof" feeder. The Squirrel Buster Standard seemed a good way to try out the basic design without spending a load of money.
The Squirrel Buster Standard appears well designed and constructed of high quality materials. The fit and finish are excellent. Taking it apart to fill it with seed is simple and so is reassembly. What's not obvious in all the pictures is inherent to the design is a stiff metal hanger that's almost as long as the body of the feeder. Be aware of this when planning on a good location for it.
So far, it's working exactly as advertised. The feeder is hanging from a shepherd's hook. I had to put the hook in the ground at an angle to keep the feeder far enough away from the shaft that the squirrels couldn't reach over, but it seems sufficiently stable. The squirrels have tried attacking from below, from above, and from the side. They can't reach it from the side and attacks from below or above shut the seed ports so they can't get to the seed.
My only little quibble is that the feeder is quite small. I used a 12 oz. glass to fill it and was able to fit just two glasses of seed into it. That makes the capacity exactly as they say, 3/4 quart, or 24 fl. oz. The small size is a plus as far as the squirrels go since it gives them less to hang on to, but it is going to mean filling the feeder more often. I'm coming to this from a huge feeder. Even with a dozen squirrels feasting daily I still only had to fill it every other week. With a lot of bird activity I'm figuring I'll have to fill this one every two or three days. Still, that's a price I'm willing to pay if it keeps the tree rats from pilfering the seed.
I've attached a short video of squirrels trying to attack the Squirrel Buster Standard. Mostly it's failed approaches but about halfway through one gets a good grasp and you can clearly see the ports close and his failure at gaining access to the seed.
UPDATE: I've had the feeder for about six weeks now. The squirrels have pretty much given up on attacking it. About once a week one will have a go at it, fail miserably, and then return to feeding from what has fallen to the ground. The lack of an easily-accessible squirrel smorgasbord has greatly reduced the number of squirrels frequenting my backyard.
The small size of the feeder has proved to be a bit of an issue. If I don't top it off every day I run the risk of it being emptied on the second day. The weather has been quite mild so this hasn't been a huge deal, but I might be thinking otherwise if there was a couple feet of snow on the ground. I've also had a problem with the rather small opening at the bottom of the tube through which the seed passes before getting to the feed tray. The seed mix I bought has some pieces of dried fruit in it and the fruit has gotten stuck in the opening and blocked the flow of seed. It's really an issue of incompatibility of the seed I have with this feeder, not so much a problem with the feeder itself, but it's something of which buyers should be aware. With seed mix like this the feeder may appear full from a distance but no seed is getting to where the birds can get at it.
All told I'm still very happy with this purchase. My only regret is that I didn't find this feeder sooner.
FURTHER UPDATE: I was happy enough with this purchase that I decided to spring for the big brother, the Squirrel Buster Plus. That one is a lot larger, but also has smaller holes situated a little bit above the feeding tray. The birds have to poke their beaks in a ways to get at the seed and the smaller opening keeps inside the feeder most of the seed that would otherwise be scattered. This brings up a significant flaw with the Squirrel Buster Standard. The feeding ports are too big. The messy eaters scatter seed all over the place. I just put up the Standard next to the Plus that's been hanging up for a couple weeks. In about six hours the birds completely emptied the Standard, most of the seed ending up on the ground. The squirrels don't need to eat right from the feeder, they just sit underneath and graze on the spillage. I'm going to see what I can do about reducing the size of the openings but I'm not hopeful. This feeder does keep the squirrels out but the rate of spillage is such that it almost doesn't matter. The feeder empties just as fast as if the squirrels could eat from it.
When I had finished loading the Brome 1057 with sunflower seeds (the birds and the squirrels favorite) about four of the little critters massed on the closest branches and studied it carefully, you could tell they were chatting excitedly in squirrel..and then they just left....for other parts of the yard...they seemed very dejected...they didn't even try...and two month later don't even give it a look.
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Mostly sparrows visit the feeder, but we also occasionally get finches, cardinals, blue jays and a few smaller songbirds. I usually have to refill the feeder every day, that's how popular it is!
Chipmunks are very light mammals and often weigh less than six ounces when fully mature. Our Western Canadian chipmunks may weigh as little as two ounces. I can assure you that their weight does not close the seed ports. I have had to retire my Brome 1057 feeder and replace it with the much more expensive Brome 1015 Squirrel Buster Classic. A ridiculous price but it must be more weight-sensitive because the chipmunks cannot defeat it.
So if you have chipmunks, maybe consider purchasing the model 1057.
Update: I adjusted the closing mechanism to the most sensitive setting. This took care of the chipmunks. Unfortunately, it also means that when 3 or 4 heavier birds try to feed at the same time, it also triggers the closing mechanism. Maybe there is a sweet point that will work and I will experiment a bit more this winter.
After the price has gone up more almost 3 times the original, from the $50 i got it for to $130, I can no longer recommend this. A great alternative is the squirrel buster mini, which sells for $40, which is also a excellent feeder (I will post a review soon). If you can find it for less than $60 CAD, still get this one. I found myself almost having to fill up my squirrel buster mini almost twice a day, and this one has weight adjustment in case you do not want larger birds.
The whole exterior is a sleeve that’s suspended by an adjustable spring mechanism in the hanger, with the interior cylinder the slides out to fill with seed. If a squirrel puts its weight on any part, be it the roof, mesh exterior, or perches, the sleeve will slide down and cover the openings to the seed. Effective and very easy to use and clean. Solid construction.
A bird chart also comes with it so that you can identify the visitors in your yard.