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my favorite feeder September 14, 2013
Reviewer: MN Mom
I had a "big box" store plastic version of this feeder that I loved but when I wanted more of them they were gone. This one holds more seed, has a metal dome that won't get chewed by squirrels and chipmunks, and works like a charm. Highly recommended! Super product and excellent customer service.
Perky-Pet® Squirrel-Be-Gone® The Baffler January 01, 2013
The Perky-Pet® Squirrel-Be-Gone® The Baffler is the first product that I have found to actually baffle the squirrels. Only the birds feed at the feeder now. This bird feeder will also do the same for you. Great product! Vic
Squirrels are not a problem now September 08, 2013
Other feeders I've used did not deter squirrels but I am happy to say this one does. It works. Only the birds get fed from the feeder!
Amazon Review September 03, 2013
Reviewer: Stephen M. Lerch
Expensive, but works well. The Perky Pet 397 is almost like the Cadillac of anti Squirrel Technology. The top baffle helps serve to "baffle" the enemy, while allowing some birds to maybe stop and perch on the edges... but, if they are too weighty, the baffle will tilt, kicking them off the top. Very few birds I've seen on the feeder have tried landing on the baffle, so it may not work as a perch anyway.
Baffles are old hat in the battle against the Squirrel Invading Army, however, so Perky Pet has enlisted even further help. The perch section on the lower portion of the feeder is spring loaded, so that when something too heavy for the feeder touches down, the battle line is closed and the invasion repelled.
Unlike the Droll Yankee, THE M1 Abrams in the Squirrel Invasion Prevention Army, is much more expensive than this model. I do not own one, but I can see how someone would want one if they have a bigger squirrel problem than just 2-3 of the little pains. This, of course, in no way justifies the cost of the Perky Pet 397, as $75 is a really expensive feeder. Sure, it works, but you better have a really bad squirrel issue to buy into this one in my opinion.
Missing is the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the perch latch, though I've seen a few cardinals on ours, so I assume such birds wont be an issue and will still be able to feed.
The feeder is easy to assemble and easy to fill. One thing to note, if you plan to fill this to capacity, ensure wherever you are hanging it has the ability to withstand the heavy load. This thing holds a lot of seed.
Overall, I'm happy with the feeder and its squirrel thwarting capabilities. Where I struggle is the price. For $50 you can buy 2 baffles, one for above and one for below a regular feeder. Unless you give the little suckers a place to hang out between the 2 baffles, you pretty much succeed with squirrel immunity. If you want an all in one solution, have the ability to hang this with a full load of seed and just want to hang it and forget it, this is definitely not a bad solution to the Squirrel Invasion.
Amazon Review September 02, 2013
Reviewer: Nancy Famolari
This is exactly the bird feeder I've been looking for. We have a serious problem with very "intelligent" squirrels. They've managed to get into every bird feeder I've used and ruined most of them. This feeder is sturdy. It also works to keep the squirrels off, at least so far. I hung it on a moderately high branch where it's easy for me to fill and so far the birds have figured it out, but the squirrels are kept at bay. I hope this continues.
The feeder can hold three pounds of seed. That, of course, depends on the type of see you use. This is another plus for me. We have a lot of birds here and the other feeders would run out after one or two days. So far this one has lasted a week.
The price is rather high, although not all that much worse than the feeders in the stores in town, but if it keeps the squirrels away and lasts several seasons, it's worth it. It's certainly better than investing in a new bird feeder every year and having it ruined.
Amazon Review, Squirrel-proof August 30, 2013
Reviewer: Bryan Cass "Bee Ry Boogy"
This is a study feeder, with a tube 4.5" in diameter. The seed comes out the bottom of the tube into a small tray that goes around the tube. The birds can feed through 4 holes in a metal sleeve that is suspended by a spring from the bottom of the tube.
The main selling points on bird feeders seems to be 1) How squirrel-proof is it, 2) how long will it last, and 3) how much does it cost? I will add a 4th of my own requirements, and that is how deer-proof is it. I have had deer come in Winter and tilt my Perky-Pet 7103-2 Copper Triple Tube Bird Feeder feeder and drain the whole thing in a night. The hoof-prints in the snow gave them away. ;-)
So this feeder appears to be both squirrel- and deer-proof. Tilting the feeder does lose some seed, but it does not flow out very easily, especially when the bottom part is pulled down like when a squirrel or deer is trying to get into it. The top dome also tilts when weight is on it, which will certainly cause squirrels and chipmunks to slide off. I think it's a good design.
How long will it last? They claim a heavy-duty, powder coated finish, which I assume is over standard steel. The spring inside the bottom part to make it tilt I assume is steel as well. So this feeder will likely rust in maybe 5+ years, and once the spring rusts away, the bottom will fall off the tube - the spring is the only thing holding it on. You will have to get a new spring from Perky Pet. Aluminum or stainless steel would be better materials.
How much does it cost? This feed is on the expensive side, especially not knowing what materials it's made of and how long it will last. I would wait for a price-reduction from the list price.
Amazon Review, Thwarts Perky Squirrels August 30, 2013
I hung this feeder in the same spot as another squirrel proof feeder that the squirrels never defeated but never stopped trying to vanquish it either.
The squirrel-be-gone feeder is large with it's eventual weight determined by the type and amount of seed used to fill it. Listed capacity is three pounds, but we keep it half full to keep the weight down. Filled to capacity this feeder requires sturdy support.
It is easy to assemble the feeder with the only challenging part the piece that hooks into the plastic tube. Filling the tube is no harder than filling any other feeder of this type though I found that using a funnel makes filling much easier and neater. The base and baffle are made of powder coated metal - I'm guessing aluminum because a magnet doesn't stick to it.
Most importantly, does it keep the squirrels at bay? So far I'd have to say yes because mostly they don't even try to get into this feeder. Even if they could get past the baffle, the perches are too small for a squirrel to grasp securely. Even the Rodan-sized blackbirds in our yard have a difficult time getting food out of this feeder because the perches are too tiny for them also.
A deer had mastered the other squirrel proof feeder and regularly emptied it. I don't think Bambi will be ever to get seed out of this feeder.
Yes, I was also taken aback by the listed price for this feeder. Yet, the price has gone down at least five dollars since I first saw it posted, and on the day I'm writing this review it's on sale at the Perky-Pet site for 59 dollars. Those who have spent years battling the squirrels might not mind paying this much for a squirrel-proof feeder that actually works.