Perky-Pet® Squirrel Slammer Wild Bird Feeder - Specifications
- Weight activated ports slam shut under squirrel's weight
- Metal base & ports prevent squirrel damage
- Clear cover protects birds as they feed
- 3.5 lb seed capacity
What's in the Box:
- 1 wild bird feeder
- 3.5 lb seed capacity
- 3 feeding stations
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateAmazon Review, GreatGreat product. Has produced much action by visiting birds. Easy to use and upkeep. Looks great also. Thinking of getting another.
Review RateAmazon Review, Good BirdfeederI've enjoyed watching the Squirrels make their attempts at the birdfeeder and so far, they've been unable to get at the seed. The birds do seem to be able to get to the seed, but I've learned that cracked corn doesn't work very well. For several days, the birds left the feeder alone and it wasn't until I took a close look at the feeder that I realized that the corn at the bottom had clogged up. The space was simply too small to accommodate some of the large kernel fragments. With that in mind, we'll be using other kinds of bird seed, and will probably shy away from anything that has too much sunflower content.
Review RateAmazon ReviewI've seen a great number of "squirrel proof" feeders fail. Squirrels are pretty darn ingenious when it comes to gathering food. This one seems to be a pretty good deterrent, but I'll be honest about the one major failure of our "scientific" experiment: We left our other (non-squirrel proof) feeder up. The squirrels completely ignore this one and feast at the other one. The action idea behind this is pretty simple: The bottom rung is spring-loaded so anything heavier than a few ounces will cause it to drop, closing some trap doors around the seed dispensers. The plastic dome near the bottom is designed to keep squirrels from performing reach-around theft. Again, with a neighborhood full of squirrels, we've remarked at how they leave this feeder absolutely alone. We've seen a number of smaller birds (chickadees, sparrows, cardinals, etc..) have no trouble grabbing a snack on this feeder. It's too small to feed our horde of common grackles, which suits me just fine as well. Overall, we're very pleased with this feeder. Its construction is sturdy enough that I anticipate it will last for several seasons.
Review RateAmazon ReviewI must clarify that this bird feeder has only been out in the yard for a few weeks, but it seems to be doing a decent job at keeping the larger birds and sqirrels out of the seed. I think the term slammer is a bit harsh, implying it is loud, when in reality it is fairly quiet when closing. The squirrels haven't given up and one wouldn't expect them too. I have had other squirrel proof feeders that were eventually cracked by the rodents so I will have to post an update to this one in the future if that happens. Maybe I have super diabolical squirrels? The feed stays dry and the smaller birds enjoy a quick treet. It is well made, solid, and looks like it should last. When we get through the Minnesota winter I will update to follow up on durability of the clear plastic and painted metal. If you like a pretty feeder, this might be the one for you.
Review RateAmazon Review, Looking GoodSo far the item looks great - but I can't be sure of the squirrel proof capability until Winter and we're feeding the birds. I can't put sunflower seeds out now because we have a bear that LOVES to tear every feeder down...so I'll check back on function in a month or two - eh!??
Review RateAmazon Review, A Great Product that Works!While we have some squirrels in the Phoenix landscape, we also have pigeons that tend to become very annoying at traditional bird feeders. This feeder is well constructed, attractive and holds as much or little seed as you want. IT is sturdy, hangs straight and is a clear deterrent to both of the offending and unwanted intruders. We do note that it took the smaller birds, such as sparrows, awhile to become comfortable with flying UP to the feeder rather than the normal DOWN direction they are accustomed to, but they have learned. Excellent product.
Review RateAmazon Review, No squirrels yetI see lots of negative reviews about people not getting any birds showing up to their feeder with this. I didn't have my feeders out in the summer and just put them out for the fall. Within the typical few days, birds starting showing up. I haven't seen any issues with birds getting food out of the feeder. The feeder is nearly empty after a week, whereas it normally took 2-3 days when the squirrels could get to the food. So I have to assume that the feeder is working, by repelling the yard rats. I can't completely vouch though as I haven't seen one get denied personally.
Review RateAmazon ReviewI see a lot of negative reviews for this bird feeder on Amazon. Maybe it's because this is my first-ever bird feeder, but it seems to work just fine for me. Other reviewers have said that birds can't access the seed, but I work from home and see birds feeding from this feeder all day long. The only problem I had was with squirrels when I hung the feeder on a branch that was too close to the trunk of the tree. In that location, squirrels could climb the trunk of the tree and then lean over and sneak seed out of the feeder without putting all their weight on it. I solved that problem by moving the feeder to another branch, further away from the trunk. Now any squirrel that tries to get seed by climbing on the feeder gets shut out when the feeder slams shut from the squirrel's weight. Like I said, maybe it's because I'm a bird feeder neophyte; but this feeder seems like a decent product to me.
Review RateAmazon Review, As perfect as a single feeder can beAll bird feeders have at least one drawback. Most have more than one. The only issue this one has is that it is a hanging feeder. That just means it can blow back and forth. So you want to think about that when selecting a place to mount it. Putting this solid pendulum directly outside of a window would be an issue during your next storm for example. Other than that minor consideration, this is the perfect starter feeder. * Large capacity silo ensures that you are only going to need to service it once a week * Solid construction will last a long time even in neighborhoods with a herd of squirrels * Adjustable baffle allows you to calibrate the feeder to a specific weight to discourage birds larger than your target * Clear silo allows you to monitor seed level * Much easier to use than other adjustable feeders There is no "perfect" feeder out there, but this is one of the best I have tried for seed feeding small to medium birds. It's also the one that Rudy and Phyllis (our local cardinal couple) prefer to use. I am sure you will enjoy watching your avian neighbors shoulder bumping for a spot around this low profile feeder.
Review RateAmazon Review, This design works. A nice bird feeder.First I saw it I was not sure if this design would work. Understandable for a protection from squirrels but it was uniquely shaped. We bought a synthetic rope at a nearby DIY store and attached this feeder to a tree in the backyard which we can see from our dining space. To date, it is working nicely and we have seen a nice increase in our new small guests every morning. I have not tested various kinds of food yet and so I cannot tell a definitive comment but probably you need to get a food with a small size, ideally without sunflowers as the openings at the bottom is small that is suitable for smaller food rather than large ones that may not come out easily.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions:
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 and best for those birds with smaller bills, such as the sparrow, junco and goldfinch. This seed is accepted by the greatest variety of birds.
Mixed Seed is also popular. It is best to buy the mixes that contain white proso millet, a tiny cream colored seed with a shiny shell. Mixes containing finely cracked corn and black oil sunflower are also preferred by a large number of birds.
Niger (Thistle Seed) is imported from Africa and Asia. Niger won't germinate, but it does have a tendency to become moldy due to lack of air circulation. If you notice mold on the seed, it must be removed from the feeder and the feeder must be cleaned thoroughly.
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.
- Rake and remove accumulated hulls and droppings from underneath the feeders.
- Spread mulch (bark or wood) under the feeder, replace mulch when soiled.
- Thoroughly wash hands after handling and cleaning feeders.
Q: What is the importance of providing water for wild birds?
A: Wild birds need fresh, clean water just as much as they need seed. Birds stay healthy by using water not just for drinking, but also for bathing, cleaning their feathers and to remove parasites. Waterers are better options than bird baths because they provide birds with fresh, clean water that prevents dirt and debris from contaminating it. In hotter climates or seasons, providing water for birds makes it easy for them to have access to a water source and retain their energy. By adding a water source, you also can attract a larger variety of birds to your yard. You may even attract more colorful birds that don't eat seed, but are in need of water!