Need a squirrel proof bird feeder? Don't we all! Sure, squirrels are cute and fuzzy and fun to watch until....until they become you're worst enemy at your bird feeders!
"This is a Great Bird Feeder & Squirrel Buster!"
"This squirrel proof bird feeder is the best I've had, and I have had a bunch. It has a huge capacity so you don't have to fill it very often. It is almost impossible for squirrels to stand on and if they manage to get a foothold their weight closes the feeding ports so they can't get anything.
You can adjust it to exclude large birds such as starlings and grackles. When it needs to be cleaned you just put it in the dishwasher.
I have had mine for about 3 years and couldn't be happier with it. If you only have one bird feeder in your life this should be the one." - R. Weybright (Rock Island, Illinois)
And how many times have you've seen pictures of squirrels feasting at squirrel proof feeders?
We need to face reality though. There is not one squirrel proof feeder in the world that is 100% squirrel proof. Some squirrels are just too smart, little Einsteins that love the challenge. But there is a squirrel proof bird feeder that is about 99.9% effective...
We've done some searching, and based on 2021 consumer reviews the Brome Squirrel Buster Plus is one of the best at deterring squirrels.
How it works: Openings in the bottom section of the feeder align with seed ports providing birds access to the seed. When a squirrel or large bird lands on the perch, its weight automatically forces the "door" down, closing the seed ports.
This video from Brome shows birds feeding, squirrels not winning and a little about the feeder assembly. A little long, but nice to see the feeder in action.
Here are some of the Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder features and why bird watchers love it so much:
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Perches can be shortened to attract small birds such as chickadees and finches while deterring larger birds such as grackles and starlings.Perches can also be extended just enough to attract medium sized birds such as grosbeaks and woodpeckers.
The air in Squirrel Buster Plus rises and escapes through unique waterproof vents at the top of the feeder. The escaping heated air is replaced by fresh air entering the bottom of the tube through the seed ports.
The birdseed remains fresher and attracts more birds. Damp and decaying seed decreases bird traffic and can spread disease.
They prefer gripping a thick-textured perch and facing their food source directly. Cardinals dislike turning their heads to feed.
The Squirrel Buster Plus Cardinal Ring perch system allows them to eat facing the seed while providing a secure and comfortable perch.
These cardinal-friendly feeding features combined with a bush level location make Squirrel Buster Plus very inviting to cardinals.
Also, there is no "shocking" or other direct physical harm to the squirrels, perhaps, just their egos!
There are also several models that vary in price. The latest model is the Brome 1024 which is the one we discuss on this page. There is also the classic version, a finch model and a mini version, all listed below.
We found many reviews from birders (as below) who raved about this squirrel proof bird feeder because it really does work:
Believe it! It is squirrel proof!"After trying several feeders with little success the Brome squirrel proof bird feeder fits the bill. It is easy to fill and hang, and keeps the squirrels and large birds out of the food. It is very attractive and performs as claimed. I highly recommend this feeder."
Testimonial from Bruce Queen (Kentucky):
At the below link, we reviewed the Brome Squirrel Buster Feeders as well as three other brands including the Absolute II, Super Stop-A-Squirrel and the Droll Yankee Flipper if you would like to compare feeders:
We also have found this Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Pole system to do an excellent job at keeping the squirrels from stealing bird seed by integrating a floating squirrel baffle.
Here is a great article, What Can You Do About Squirrels (pdf file, opens in new window) from BirdNotes from Sapsucker Woods, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's newsletter.
We found the cheapest price with free shipping here:
Hope you find your squirrel proof bird feeder to be as effective as others have experienced.
Squirrel Feeder Plans - What?! Hear me out...
Feed the squirrels away from your bird feeders as an alternative option to the fight, then perhaps everyone will be happy.
If you do not want to build your own, here are some ready-to-go squirrel feeders.
You can also make your own wrap-around homemade squirrel baffle as double insurance to keep the squirrels off your feeders.
Looking for Brome Squirrel Buster Feeder replacement parts?
Here are a couple of ways to contact Brome for parts:
Phone: Brome's Customer Care (800) 856-5685
We think the best squirrel proof bird feeder is the Squirrel Buster Plus, but The Absolute II, Super Stop-A-Squirrel and Yankee Flipper are all good runner-ups. Here is a comparison chart of all squirrel proof feeders.
If you are feeding birds, you will always attract squirrels As an alternative you may want to offer them their own squirrel feeder filled with peanuts, cracked corn, seed, and/or dried fruit.
Not always and it's not good if birds by chance get vasoline on their feathers which would be difficult for them to remove. Install a squirrel baffle on the pole instead. How do I keep squirrels from climbing my bird feeder? Use a squirrel baffle to prevent squirrels from climbing the bird feeder pole.
Use a combination of a squirrel proof bird feeder with a pole baffle and place the feeder at least 10 feet from trees and other launching surfaces like a deck or roof.
Inserting a slinky over your bird feeder pole will make it more challenging for squirrels to climb to your feeder and may deter all but the most determined.
Bird Watching Binoculars, Squirrel-Proof Feeder & Hummingbird Feeder
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Nikon Monarch 5
Best mid-priced bird watching binoculars. Waterproof, shockproof, multi-coated ED-Glass.
No batteries, adjustable, easy to clean...and no squirrels!
"Best New Product" Award.
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