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Amazon Review December 15, 2014
Over the years I have tried numerous squirrel proof feeders without any luck; however the Perky-Pet 5151 Premium Squirrel-Be-Gone Breakaway Wild Bird Feeder has, thus far, kept the squirrels at bay. My first observation of this feeder was how large it is, this is not a bad thing, I was simply surprised. The feeder has a 4.5-pound seed capacity; the dimensions are 26.5 x 9.2 x 9.2. There are five perches for the birds to land on and eat, each only holds enough weight for birds, any heavier weight makes the perches drop, preventing squirrels from using the perches. The feeder comes fully assembled, with a stainless-steel hanger for easy hanging, a UV-treated polycarbonate tube, and the cap and base constructed of powder-coated zinc die cast to avoid rusting. The feeder has only been up for three days, so I have not been able to ascertain how easy the cleaning of the feeder actually is, yet based on the ease and width of the openings, I am not envisioning any cleaning issues at all. The only negative, which the birds quickly overcame, is that the birds need to dip their heads down and under to get to the food, as I mentioned, this was more a concern of mine then the clever birds. Overall, I am very pleased with this rather large feeder, which should bring a wide variety of birds to my home throughout the seasons.
Amazon Review December 14, 2014
Reviewer: Knits in Tardis
Squirrel resistance is nice, but the above are other "musts" for a good feeder. By hygienic, I mean that the food access at the perches line up with the bottom of the feeding tube, such that not many seeds will sit uneaten at the bottom of the feeder. Standing seeds that do not get eaten create an opportunity for bacterial growth, which is good for neither the birds nor the feeder handler. I could see a few seeds in the lower center not getting pushed out quickly, but it would be a very small amount, and it's a good idea to clean out any remaining seeds or even clean the feeder, when re-stocking.
It's winter, and my remaining local birds have not been quick to discover this feeder. Though near bushy cover, it's in an open area with few squirrels to start; or at least I've never seen one in my own yard. (Though I have seen woodchucks, skunks, and even - once - a beaver visitor from nearby waterways. So we'll see if other "critters" are drawn by the seeds. For now, a test of knotted socks weighed down with potatoes on the perches has left me pretty confident that this feeder won't be of much use to animals much heavier than my bird visitors.
I'm impressed by the large capacity - it took nearly half a 10-pound bag of black oil sunflower seeds. Winds in my area whip up sometimes and sooner or later I'll probably get to see for myself how well the feeder stands being knocked down, but the polycarbonate tube looks pretty tough, and I've seen how well polycarb holds up as stemware or eyeglasses, so I'm hoping for more than one or two seasons.
This basic, clean design will adapt well to many backyards. I can't wait for spring, now!
Amazon Review December 14, 2014
This sturdy, attractive feeder is much larger than I expected by looking at the photo--its literature claims it can hold up to 4.5 pounds of seed and I believe it. Our other bird-feeder is shaped like a little house with a roof on top and a tray on the bottom for the seeds, and that one we need to refill twice a day because sparrows dig through the seed offerings and toss any that aren't their favorites onto the ground to be eaten the doves and squirrels. That sorting and tossing isn't possible with this feeder, and while the smaller size birds around our yard have been flocking to it the seed level lowers much more slowly.
The box indicates this feeder can be used by blue jays, but though I don't believe their weight would trigger a collapse of the perches the way a squirrel's weight would I think the larger birds might have to scrunch or contort their bodies to get their beaks down into the holes that give access to the seeds. So far the blue jays haven't tried it, but that may be because we have other more accessible feeders they can use.
We initially had the feeder hanging next to our deck, but we caught a late night raccoon on our surveillance camera who emptied out the feeder two nights in a row by squeezing between the deck's railing, standing on his hind legs, and stretching his arms so he could slip his deft little hands into the feeder's holes. Obviously even with collapsing perches the hanging location is an important consideration if your goal is to not be feeding any mammals.
Amazon Review December 14, 2014
Well-thought-out. No assembly required. Those perches are surely enjoyed by birdies but squirrel cannot stay long enough before falling off. It is lightweight; the end caps are made of aluminum . The seeds are clearly seen from the outside with a UV resistant plastic tube. I prefer mixed seeds which seems to attract a more variety of birds.
A cleaning instruction is included on the back of the literature. The base are held by 5 screws. The top cap is even easier to remove as you won't need any tools. You just pull the cap and swing to the side. Pull one of the ends and then the other to remove the cap.
Amazon Review December 13, 2014
Reviewer: Susan K. Schoonover
I was actually surprised by how large this wild bird feeder is when I opened the package. The eighteen inch plastic tube can hold 4.5 pounds of seeds so it doesn't have to be refilled all that often though filling the feeder (and cleaning it) is not that difficult. There are five individually calibrated perches for the birds to use and they are specially designed to prevent squirrels from staying there and gobbling up the bird seed. When a heavier animal (such as a squirrel) tries to land there the extra weight causes the specially designed perch to temporarily collapse ejecting the squirrel. When the squirrel is gone the perch goes back to its regular position that is bird friendly.
Though I have plenty of squirrels in my neighborhood I have not as yet seen a squirrel try to access this feeder but other reviewers report they have seen them tossed off when they make an attempt to get some seeds. This bird feeder comes fully assembled which is a big advantage. It is more expensive than most bird feeders but the additional size, good construction and higher quality materials (rust resistant heavy duty die cast aluminum for the base and cap, poly-carbonated tube with a UV stabilizer to prevent yellowing, and a stainless steel hanger) used should render it very long lasting. This feeder promises to attract a variety of birds and a variety of seeds can be used in it.
Amazon Review December 13, 2014
We have purchased several different squirrel "proof" bird feeders. Some cheaper than others. None of them have done the trick. Until this one! At least for a hanging feeder. We have one squirrel proof feeder that is mounted on a 4x4 post, as it's meant to be ~ the back is screwed into the post, and the feeder comes off to be filled. Its spring activated tray, pops closed with the weight of the squirrels. This feeder was here when we moved in 12 years ago and I have no clue how long it's been up prior...but it's amazing. Anyway, I digress:)
This feeder totally works! It took a day or so before the birds came to feed off it. We kept one of our other feeders out there, as well as the suet, just in case they didn't like it. On the second day, they were feeding from everything! One review commented that this feeder will not allow large birds (Red Belly Wood Peckers, Blue Jays) to feed because the perches collapse with their weight. I can see how this can be a problem because these birds are rather large. We keep several feeders out. Some with black oil sunflower and others with thistle. These are the only seed we feed and our birds love it. The larger birds are feeding from our regular feeders at this point. We have no seen them attempt this one yet, but we DID see the squirrels try! It is sooo funny! They just slip right off when the perches collapse. It took a bit of time, but three of the squirrels finally got frustrated and stopped trying:)
It seems extremely durable and well made. The plastic tube is pretty thick and sturdy and is supposedly fade resistant. That will have to remain to be seen over time. The metal is die cast. Easy to fill and hang.
It is a very large tube feeder. It holds 4.5 lbs. of seed. That's a lot. Since it works to keep the squirrels away, you shouldn't be having to fill it up too often. Two additional things I'd like to mention. One, is that since it's a large feeder, if it's filled up all the way, it weighs quite a bit. If you put it on a lighter, thinner branch, it will drag the branch down quite low. It really needs a sturdy branch/hook. Since it's very long (18"), it brought it too low to the ground when we tried it on our Shepherd's hook ~ it wasn't that big of a deal, but we really couldn't see the birds feeding that well from the window, so we put it on a tree branch that was higher and it's a the perfect viewing height. Would be nice if a feeder could be designed with added (collapsible) perches in the middle of the tube:)
Highly recommend this feeder. I might be purchasing one for the front yard when they are back in stock!
Amazon Review December 08, 2014
Reviewer: Evelyn A. Getchell
IT WORKS! It really works!
There's nothing I love more than to feed my backyard birds. I have a variety of Brome squirrel proof feeders that have served me well for the past few years and no other brand of feeder has been as good as the Bromes until now.
I am really enjoying a wide variety of birds feed in my Florida garden at this new Perky-Pet bird feeder. And I also enjoying watching the squirrels get foiled by this Break Away squirrel proof bird feeder! Now that's fun! On its first go of it, I no sooner filled the Perky-Pet with seeds, hung it in the Royal Poinciana tree near my kitchen window and turned my back before the usual wide array birds visited...and so did the resident squirrels of my back yard. But the squirrels were plumb out of luck. Those little piggies immediately assumed the WTF attitude with me! I still laugh heartily watching them get so flummoxed in their attempts to get at those tempting seeds.
This is the first Perky-Pet wild bird feeder I have tried that I actually like. I have experimented with several other less expensive Perky-Pet models and found them to be a waste of money. But this Break Away feeder is superb and it really works as promised. It is ingenious with individually calibrated collapsible perches and is extremely well made! It's also very easy to use and clean. What's more, it looks great.
This is a large feeder and it holds the better part of a 5 pound bag of seed. I use a combination of black oil sunflower, striped sunflower and safflower seeds. By the way, my squirrels hate safflower seeds.
This premium feeder may seem pricey but believe me it will pay for itself in what you save on all the birdseed that the squirrels can't access.
Amazon Review December 21, 2014
Reviewer: Sheryl Katz
This is really nice to have. We used to have one similar with an electric motor that propelled the squirrels. The problem was that the batteries would run out and then the anti-squirrel feature did not work. This feeder allows us to attract quite a few diverse and interesting birds to our yard. It's a smarter design than the whirl away one.
Amazon Review December 18, 2014
I don't know whether to cheer for the birds or feel bad for the squirrels! Watching the poor things grapple with the little collapsible perches almost broke my heart, although keeping them out of the birdfeeder was the reason we tried this in the first place.
If you want to keep the squirrels away, this will do it, but don't be surprised if your "soft, lover of all nature heart" is broken when you see the disappointment on their little squirrely faces.
This holds lots of seed and makes those little song birds very happy,
Amazon Review December 18, 2014
Reviewer: Jenny Q
I live in the woods and wage a constant battle with squirrels over the contents of my bird feeders.I quickly learned that I can't have any pretty wooden feeders or even any cheap plastic ones because the squirrels chew them to pieces. Most of my feeders are encircled by wire cages to keep them out, but it looks so unattractive. So I was excited to try out this squirrel-proof tube. It appears to be very well constructed, and it all breaks down for easy cleaning. There's no assembly required; just pull it out of the box and it's ready to hang. So far, I haven't seen any noticeable seed spilled on the ground beneath it. I've had it up for a week now, and the only drawback I see is that a lot of the birds won't use it. For the first five days, only the chickadees used it. So when my other tube feeder ran out of seed, I left it empty to see if the birds would start using this one. Finally, today, I noticed titmice and goldfinches using it. I don't know if the birds just needed time to warm up to it or if there's something about the design that doesn't appeal to them, but I'm hoping that eventually all of the small birds will use it. I have yet to catch a squirrel trying to break into it, but the perches collapse instantly under my touch, so I imagine it will do what it's supposed to do when a squirrel tests it. When we get our first good snow, I should have plenty of opportunity to observe it in action, and I will update my review then if necessary.
**Update 12/27/14: Birds are really digging this feeder now. It's a big hit with the finches, chickadees, and titmice. The perches will support the bigger birds like cardinals, but the receptacles are small and the perches are short, so they can't really get their beaks down to the seed. Holds a lot of seed too, so it doesn't have to be filled as often.
Amazon Review December 13, 2014
Reviewer: Kelly Sottelbaum
Great bird feeder - and a lot bigger than I imagined. It should save plenty of time and money - squirrels can eat their squirrel corn on cob, birds and eat from the copious amount of bird food that this feeder gives, and you save time by not refilling small feeders.
So far, it's a great feeder that feels and looks quality made that should withstand the elements. Time will tell, as far as holding up to UV and rain and temperate changes.
Overall, I'd recommend this feeder even if it is a little pricey from other feeders I've purchased in the past...it's huge!
Amazon Review December 12, 2014
Reviewer: Steve Taylor
I was very surprised by the size of this feeder. All the other ones I have are small in comparison to this one. The top and bottom is powder coated metal. To add bird seed all you have to do is slide the cap up. Since it is winter now (and I doesn't feed the birds this season otherwise, according to my wife the scientist, they won't migrate) I have not used this feeder yet. I did however do a test to see if the squirrel proof mechanism worked or not. The Gray Squirrel weighs 1 to 1.5 pounds as an adult so I tied a one pound barbell to the stem the bird perches on and the stem dropped as it's supposed to and it springs back up when the weight slid off. Pretty simple and yet quite ingenious. As long as the feeder doesn't clog then this should work in the real world just fine. This feeder is designed for small songbirds but holds a lot of seed. The way the cap fits over the top it should keep the seeds dry.
So why 4 Stars? Because the tube is made of a thin plastic. If it was glass, as it should be, then it would get a glowing 5 Stars.
Amazon Review December 04, 2014
This is a very nice bird feeder. I was surprised by the size when I opened the box. It is huge. The construction seems very sturdy. I'm hoping it will attract tons of birds to our yard because my kids (and cats) love bird watching. The design is nice and not tacky. I love how it looks displayed. I haven't tested the "squirrel proofing" yet, but the design seems perfect for keeping this feeder birds only.