Perky-Pet® Squirrel-Be-Gone® Wild Bird Feeder
- Port closes under squirrel’s weight, preventing it from raiding seed supply
- Rustic metal finish
What's in the Box:
- Seed Feeder
- 2 lb seed capacity
- 6 feeding stations
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateReliable Feeder that Most Birds Like
For the most part, this is a reliable, squirrel-proof bird feeder. However, the squirrels do not give up easily. They will chew on the bottom of the feeder where the base fits into the plastic container. I usually add duct tape for added protection. I like to keep the squirrels guessing! It's no match for raccoons or ground hogs (yes, amazingly and to my surprise, ground hogs climb trees and poles). But, I haven't found a raccoon proof feeder yet.
Review RateSo Far So Good!
We bought this feeder to replace our old bird feeder after squirrels managed to essentially disassemble our old basic tube bird feeder overnight. We had issues with the squirrels climbing on the feeder and spilling a lot of the seed for a few months, but mostly it seemed like a minor issue until then. We immediately noticed the positive results with this feeder. We watched with delight as over the first few days and weeks we would see our emboldened neighborhood squirrels climb on the feeder only to be shut out. We watched them search the entire feeder for weaknesses. They climbed up and down every side and after a few days of attempts to dig under the metal leaves & to get at the lid they've left the feeder alone! We still see squirrels coming around to forage below the seeder on occasion, but they don't even bother to climb the pole any more and the daily assaults on our feeder has completely stopped. We've now owned the feeder for several months and have no complaints! Now, I can understand some people on here might live by particularly insistent squirrels or were very unlucky. As with any "squirrel-proof" feeders and methods I'm certain that it's possible the squirrels near my home could figure out how to get into this bird feeder some day. After all it took almost a year of assaulting our last feeder basic until they figured out how to destroy & empty it overnight. Don't let that scare you off. I couldn't find a better feeder to start with, especially with a feeder that's as inexpensive as this one. We bought a floor model that came with a stretched spring, but thanks to the parts store here we were able to repair it for a few dollars. Great to see a company offer an easy, cheap way for customers to service their own feeders. I would highly recommend this feeder if you're having trouble with squirrels. I'd imagine if you can combine it with a baffle you're almost guaranteed to have a squirrel proof feeder, but even without one it's done the job admirably and affordably for us. As with anything YMMV, but don't put too much weight in the 1 star reviews. Squirrels are very intelligent and persistent, it can be very frustrating in the best circumstances and frustrated customers are far more likely to come back to leave reviews than satisfied ones.
Review RateDisappointed with construction of feeder. Plastic should not break so easily.
I just purchased this feeder at Ace and it fell from a branch, resulting in a piece of the plastic seed reservoir breaking. Can you mail me a replacement of the plastic reservoir?Response From Perky-Pet®Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative
We apologize for this experience and would like to learn more about what occurred. Please contact our Consumer Relations team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973). We are happy to assist.
SE North Carolina Heavy rains sit at v shaped bottom and solidify or some seeds have germinated. Springs come off and close feeder. Reattached springs ,several times.Now with the last reattachment ,the feeder stays closed.
Review RateSquirrel's and Chipmunk's LOVE this product!!!
Waste of my money. At 1st I thought these were great that I brought three this spring. Then the squirrel's and chipmunks pushed down and then bent the thin metal leaves, yanked the little protective metal clips and proceeded to gnaw through plastic. They reached in and ate all the seeds they could reach inside all three. To quote Ken, I "Guess manufacturer must test feeder with stupid edentulous squirrels." Would love to see if you stand behind your product and replace them...Response From Perky-Pet®Susan : Consumer Relations Representative
We appreciate the time taken to share this valuable feedback, and we apologize for this experience.
Our feeders are covered by a 30 day return policy as well as a one year warranty. Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team directly at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) for additional assistance.
Waste of my money. Squirrel pushed down like it is supposed to work. Then proceeded to gnaw through expised plastic, reach in and eat all the seed he could reach. Guess manufacturer must test feeder with stupid edentulous squirrels.Response From Perky-Pet®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
Perky-Pet® has a long history of producing high-quality and reliable bird feeders and products. We apologize for this experience and would be happy to provide assistance.
Our feeders are covered by a one year replacement warranty. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) for additional assistance.
Review RateSquirrels eat through plastic tube
I bought one last year mid summer. Put it up again in the Spring and noticed the squirrels were emptying it. Seems they ate around the plastic openings until the metal piece fell out, then they gnawed the openings wide. I bought another one, put it on a 6 foot tall shepherd's hook. They climbed the skinny metal rod and jumped to the feeder to eat. Finally we put a baffle on the hook about 2 feet off the ground. Now that the squirrels cannot get to it, the feeder is filled with birds. They love it. Be warned, if the squirrels can get to the feeder, they will eat through the plastic to get to the food.Response From Perky-Pet®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
Thank you for this feedback. We apologize for the experience.
Our feeders are covered by a one year replacement warranty. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) for any assistance needed.
Review RateFilling feeder.
What is the trick to filling this feeder? Just bought it and had seed everywhere trying to fill it. Have tried funneling with different sizes and lengths. Seed still pours out of the feeding ports. I finally put paper towels in ports to stop seed from pouring out. This worked but what a hassle!!Response From Perky-Pet®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
We apologize for this experience and are happy to provide assistance.
Some seed may fall out of the ports when filling a feeder. Smaller seed will tend to do this more than larger seeds or mixtures. Keeping the cage in the down position should limit the amount that comes out through those openings.
Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) with any additional questions.
Review RateLove this feeder
So far, so good. Seems to frustrate the squirrels so they only stay on the feeder briefly u like my other feeders where they hang on eating for a long length of time. Hope their frustration continues as its their turn now. Will keep fingers crossed.
Review RateSquirrels found a way to get the round plastic ports off the feeders and now the seeds come out like a waterfall!!
I purchased 2 of your feeders. They don't work as advertised. The seeds come out like a waterfall! Your claim that squirrels will not be able to get into your feeder may be correct but they don't really need to once they nibble their way through the round plastic rings that holds the seeds up. I found 6 ports - 3 off each of feeders - along with lbs of birdseed on the ground. And yes, the feeders are hung 8 feet high and 8 feet from any tree - so high I need to stand on an orange bucket to fill them. And also, as mentioned above, the squirrels have managed to spring the springs so some of the cylinders are closed while others are empty. I'm very frustrated. Please advise. Thank you.Response From Perky-Pet®Patty : Consumer Relations Representative
We appreciate the time taken to provide this feedback and apologize for the experience.
Squirrels are indeed great jumpers, so we recommend placing feeders 5 feet above the ground and at least 10 feet from the nearest jumping off point. Adding cayenne pepper to seed will repel squirrels without affecting the birds. Safflower seed is a food source that attracts a wide variety of birds, but squirrels tend to dislike it.
Our feeders are covered by a one year replacement warranty. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) so we can learn more and provide assistance.
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Wild Bird Feeders - Expert Tips
Hanging Your Feeder
- Ideally a sheltered southeastern exposure location is best for hanging bird feeders since birds like to feed in the sun and out of the wind. Birds also prefer not to have any obstructions over their feeding area so they can see any predators. more»
- Bird Baths - A clean and reliable water source is an excellent way to attract birds to your yard, especially those birds that do not necessarily eat seed or nectar. All birds will seek out a water supply, not only for drinking but also for keep themselves clean and healthy.
- Bird Houses - These are a good way to attract those species of birds that nest in holes. These structures should be made of an untreated wood (pine, cedar, etc.) and should have ventilation and drainage holes. It should be durable, and easy to check and clean. more»
- Keeping your feeder clean and full of fresh bird seed is very important to the health of visiting birds. It is recommended that you clean your wild bird feeder every two weeks. more»
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- Check out our series on how to attract birds to your backyard. We have a large amount of video advice and help for all levels of bird watcher! more»
Wild Bird Feeders - FAQs
Protecting Birds FAQs
Q: What can I do about the cat that keeps visiting my feeder?
A: If it is your neighbor's precious Fluffy, you may want to suggest that they tie a bell around the cat's neck to alert the birds when the cat is near. more»
Q: How do I discourage squirrels and raccoons?
A: Here are a few simple and effective suggestions for keeping the squirrels and raccoons off your feeder. more»
Bird Seed FAQs
Q: What are the most popular bird seeds to use?
A: Black Oil Sunflower Seed is the most popular bird seed. It is much smaller than the traditional sunflower seed. It is best for those birds with smaller bills, such as the sparrow, junco and goldfinch. more»
Q: How do I prevent seeds from sprouting under my feeder?
A: You will need to sterilize your seed to prevent it from germinating. This will not alter the attractiveness or the nutritional value of the seed in any way. more»
Q: Birds at my feeder look sick, what should I do?
A: The best thing to do is to stop feeding the birds temporarily. Remove the feeders and throw out all of the seed. Thoroughly wash your feeders as suggested in Tips for a clean feeding station. more»
Q: How do I clean my bird feeders?
A: Before filling your feeder with fresh seed, it is recommended that the following precautions are taken:
- Remove all old seed.
- Soak feeder in a light water/bleach solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach).
- Scrub feeder and allow to air dry. more»
Feeder Types FAQs
Q: I own the Window Feeder. Lately it won't stick to the window. What can I do?
A: The first suggestion is to slightly moisten the cups. If you have already tried moistening the suction cups, we have a few other tips. more»
Q: Will I find only finches at my finch feeder?
A: No. Pine Siskins, Redpolls, Mourning Doves, Juncos, Towhees, and Cowbirds are all attracted to thistle seed.