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Comments on: Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring

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By: KenCT

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 05:35:43 +0000

This feeder was a bit expensive (price has been dropping though), but when I opened the package I could see why, the build quality and design is excellent. Plus it's very large. My previous feeder was a square plastic tube with a moving metal cage with fake "leaves" around it to stop the squirrels. It worked well enough for a year, but it had exposed springs and thin plastic, it was just a matter of time and the squirrels bent the metal leaves and ate through the plastic.

The Brome is much heavier throughout, with a strong plastic tube joined up with metal and plastic parts. The mechanical spring adjuster is totally enclosed within the unit so it doesn't rust and the squirrels cant get at it. It also comes apart easily for washing. The "cardinal" ring is an optional installation, other wise you set the perch length for the size bird you want to attract.

So do birds like it? yes very much, it will hold 3 or 4 finch at a time, or two larger birds.

So has it stumped the squirrels? yes they try sometimes, but are satisfied to hang out on the ground below. I did have an unknown predator skunk the feeder once when I had it installed too low to the ground. I suspect it was either Deer or raccoon that rocked it side to side dumping 1.5 lbs of seed out. I've moved it higher now and have not had a repeat event.

I suspect with care this feeder will last many years.

June 2008 update
A year later and this feeder has held up very well. Squirrels have scratched the lid trying to open it but they still can't get to the feed. The top appears to aluminum because despite the scratches it has not rusted. I like how easy this feeder is to clean and the spring mechanism is very well protected so it's still working like new. I continue to have deer problems with the unit, they appear to just lick the seed out of it, so I have to look to hang it much higher our of deer reach. I have cardinals, finch, woodpeckers, and lots of other great birds that love it.

October 2008 update
I continued to have problems with deer getting at this feeder until I moved it to a much higher position. I now have it suspended from a wire between two trees so the bottom is about 8 ft off the ground. I no longer have any problems with ground animals getting to the feed and the feeder lasts for over a week without refilling. Squirrels try to climb down from the top, but they can't get to the feed and give up quickly. Rating: 4 / 5

By: Andree Leblanc

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 05:30:21 +0000

Watch Video Here: I am pleased with this feeder. The construction is excellent and I've been enjoying the return of my titmice. You've got to hang the feeder, though, where squirrls can't hang from a branch and hold down the ring to get the seed. Squirrels must be very smart. I'll probably buy another. 5 stars! See my video of this feeder in action at videos! Update 1/09: I did buy a second feeder and love it. I took it apart and washed it in the dishwasher which was great. One night I saw a rodent on it and I wanted then to sterilize it. I've owned lots of feeders and this one really brings in the smaller birds. Note: Interior screw is plastic. If you put a little vaseline on it, the bolt goes on a lot easier. Gee, they could have used a metal thread! Still 5 star. Rating: 5 / 5

By: L. Schweikert

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 02:31:13 +0000

This is the second Squirrel Buster feeder I've bought. I've had the first one for over five years and am replacing an old feeder (not a Squirrel Buster). This feeder is the best feeder made to discourage squirrels from emptying seed. Our area is loaded with squirrels and they have tried everything to get to the seed in the feeder, with no luck. One time they did damage the feeding ports in an attempt to get at the sunflower seeds and when I contacted the company, they sent me a new part at no charge. Another time these darned squirrels actually chewed on the metal lid and again, the company sent me a new part. I would not hesitate to recommend this feeder to anyone, especially if you are bothered by raiding squirrels. The feeder is well made and holds quite a bit of seed (I use sunflower seeds in it)and is very easy to clean. It is well worth the cost. The customer service I've received from this company is absolutely top-notch. Rating: 5 / 5

By: M. Bergeron

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 02:29:30 +0000

My issue isn't squirrels, it's starlings and grackles. They'll empty a feeder in a day or two and keep the 'desired' birds from feeding. This feeder thwarts these pest birds better than any other feeder or feeder cage that I've tried. The smaller birds have no trouble getting to the seed and we've even had a pair of cardinals feed for the first time in the three years we've been feeding. I'm thoroughly satisfied so far with this item and am buying one for my father and one for my sister. Highly recommended.
It does indeed deter squirrels as well, I watched one try again and again to acess this feeder to no avail. However, the local starlings have learned to grasp the cardinal ring and flap enough to partially open the feed ports (clever little buggers). The cardinal ring will be removed to eliminate that issue. The versitility of this feeder is wonderful. Rating: 5 / 5

By: R. Weybright

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 02:03:33 +0000

This 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. When an especially crafty squirrel tried to chew it's way in to my feeder I informed Brome about the damage and they sent me a replacement part for free! Squirrel busters have a lifetime warranty against squirrel damage. 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. Rating: 5 / 5