PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: All about the
Fortress Breakaway Squirrel Proof Feeder
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If you’re looking for a good feeder, then consider Perky-Pet’s Fortress Breakaway Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. It’s got all the features you want in anti-squirrel engineering.
Now, you might laugh at the thought of “anti-squirrel engineering,” but you can tell a lot of thought went into this tough-looking feeder, and it’s all about keeping squirrels from stealing bird seed.
Its “tough” looks translate into some decent bulk. The Breakaway has some heft to it, for sure, but it’s bulky and thin at the same time. How so? Well, it’s designed to be top heavy --- and I mean that as a compliment. You see, it’s got a large lid and then it has a slight funnel shape going down to the bottom. This makes it easy to fill with seed, but, more importantly, the small base makes it easier to see birds that have landed on its two sets of perches. With the Breakaway, you always seem to have a good view of any bird.
The perches are attached to metal covers that close over the four feeder ports when a squirrel puts its weight on them. That’s where the Breakaway gets its name. If a squirrel tries to hold on to the perch, it “breaks” and the squirrel slides off the feeder. Once the squirrel falls, the spring-loaded perches snap back into place.
Beyond that, the Breakaway has some other great anti-squirrel features: Rounded edges so squirrels can’t chew through the feeder. Even the perches are rounded so they can’t hold on to them for long. The seed reservoir is made of a smooth, impossible to grip plastic. The lid and the feeder ports are metal, which also limits the any chew-through opportunities.
Some squirrels have mastered the art of peeling off the lids on bird feeders. That won’t happen with the Breakaway. Its cover has a push-button lock that pinches the feeder lid into place. It’s also got a metal hanging cord that squirrels won’t even think about chewing.
Placement is key
Now just because it’s labeled a squirrel-proof feeder, it doesn’t mean a little furball can’t ever get into it. As with any feeder, it’s all about placement. If you hang this too close to a railing, a squirrel can reach up and get inside without activating the “breakaway” feature. You’ll have the same problem if you hang the feeder too close to a nearby vertical surface.
But those are issues caused by improper use on a person’s part, not a specific problem with the Breakaway.
Overall, the Fortress Breakaway bird feeder from Perky-Pet has some great features. It offers a great view of the birds and its huge hopper holds plenty of seed, which makes things even easier for any bird-feeding enthusiast. Definitely an A+ feeder.
If you own the Perky-Pet Fortress Breakaway Squirrel Proof Feeder, we urge you to leave a review for it!