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Amazon Review, Great October 17, 2013
Great product. Has produced much action by visiting birds. Easy to use and upkeep. Looks great also. Thinking of getting another.
Amazon Review, A Great Product that Works! September 29, 2013
Reviewer: John Hogan
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.
Amazon Review, This design works. A nice bird feeder. September 19, 2013
Reviewer: blst "64blk"
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.
Amazon Review, Goldfinch especially love this feeder September 15, 2013
Reviewer: Judith Miller
When we first received the Perky-Pet Feeder we immediately filled it with seeds and hung it up. We watched and did notice a few birds visiting, however they appeared to land on the feeder, look around for a minute or two and then leave. This went on for about 2 weeks. It seemed that the birds were confused about the plastic disc which is the squirrel slammer located near the bottom. We moved our new feeder to another site on our property where we've had feeders for several years. That did the trick! Goldfinch and other small birds started to arrive and those that didn't know where the seeds came from, caught on rather quickly as they watched Cardinals, Wrens, Downy Woodpeckers and other small birds feeding. In fact, we've had more birds coming at the same time than we've ever had before. We watch from our glass enclosed garden room and are entertaing ourselves as well as visiting friends.
Amazon Review, I can't keep up with the birds! September 05, 2013
Reviewer: E. Borgman
The Perky-Pet 5141-2 Squirrel Slammer Wild Bird Feeder is a great bird feeder! I've had a couple of feeders previously but each had some drawbacks and weren't used as much as this one is being used right from the day I hung it up!
For whatever reason the birds just LOVE it! I had to pull out my bird book because several new types of birds have been appearing, like nuthatches and even a woodpecker. The small birds can't get enough of the seed! I have been literally filling it once a day. It is incredible how fast they've been eating the seed. I can't keep up with them.
I haven't seen one squirrel even try to get food out of it! Another feeder had them literally hanging upsidedown stealing food, but so far no attempts have been made that I've seen.
Initially I had a bit of a problem, but I contacted Perky-Pet customer service online and they happily and immediately resolved it.
I've been impressed by Perky-Pet and am exceptionally happy with this feeder. I recommend it!
Amazon Review, works and is still working September 04, 2013
Reviewer: J. Weber
The feeder works on weight (similiar to the 'hilarious' bird feeders) if a squirrel makes it over the baffle and onto the metal 'perching' ring, it's weight will pull an inner metal guard down closing off the seed opening. I had the feeder up for about a day and noticed our resident squirrel having a go at it. Sure enough, it's weight pulled the door shut and he soon left, although I did feel a bit sorry for him after making a heroic leap to get there.... I noticed one other unsuccessful attempt - there may have been more which I did not see, but haven't noticed anthing other than birds on the feeder lately. They must be enjoying it as the feeder emptied within a week. The design is simple, and I do think the plastic baffle helps prevent the squirrels from attacking the seed opening from the top. Recommended.
Amazon Review, Grand Slammer August 28, 2013
Reviewer: Rita Marbury "Rita"
This is a clever, clever bird feeder. Although it is a little early in the season to do so, I filled this birdfeeder Monday with the very enticing delicacy in the squirrel world - hulled sunflower seeds. The cardinals and songbirds I feed each winter love them and they don't leave a mess on the ground in my flowerbed. This morning, I saw that the birds had gotten accustomed to this new addition to the garden, and figured it wouldn't be long until Mr. Squirrel dropped by.
Word spreads quickly in my garden, and sure enough it wasn't long before a fat squirrel jumped up on the birdbath, reached across to the shepherd's crook holder for the bird feeder, shinnied right on up to the top, crossed over to the feeder and slid right on down, came to the domed squirrel baffle above bird perches and slid right off onto the ground. Undaunted, he climbed right back up and tried again with the same result. Next, he vaulted from the birdbath directly over to the feeder, grabbed a hold of the bird perch only to find the doorways to the seed slammed shut as his weight pulled the perch down, slamming the feeder shut before he could scarf down all of the seed.
Needless to say, this feeder worked just like it is supposed to. I look forward to a winter of bird feeding without fussing about the squirrels. After all, there are always some peanuts on the front porch of our house for the squirrels to have instead of the expensive hulled sunflower seeds that I buy for the birds.
Amazon Review, Easy to set up August 27, 2013
Reviewer: B. Laws "Linux enthusiast"
I received the bird feeder today, and once I put some bird seed inside the unit, I found a place near the porch to hang it. It wasn't long until the birds flocked to it and began chowing down on some food. I saw some cardinals (red males and brown females) and even a blue jay!
squirrel slammer July 04, 2013
This feeder works like a charm. Squirrels have tried and tried to get to the seeds but to no avail. The shut down mechanism works well. I have been quite happy with this feeder.
Amazon Review, Good Birdfeeder October 17, 2013
Reviewer: A Central Illinoisian in Chicago
I'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.
Amazon Review October 16, 2013
Reviewer: P. Kingsriter "R.N. Guy"
I'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.
Amazon Review October 15, 2013
Reviewer: CCGal "MyReviews"
I 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.
Amazon Review, Looking Good October 09, 2013
Reviewer: S. Beck "mysticalley"
So 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!??
Amazon Review September 24, 2013
I 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.
Amazon Review, No squirrels yet September 24, 2013
Reviewer: M. Potvin
I 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.
Amazon Review, As perfect as a single feeder can be September 22, 2013
Reviewer: M. Stone "Frater Iustitia Omnibus"
All 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.
Amazon Review, Does not attract squirrels (so far) September 19, 2013
Reviewer: M. Wolf
I have this hanging with some other feeder on my deck. So far the squirrels have not been using it (I'm still waiting). The mechanism seems sound to keep squirrels away as long as it is not near a place where squirrels can reach out and grab it or perch off the the feeder and eat from it.
It took a little bit for the birds to find it (not that untypical) but the small birds to seem to like it. (note do to the location of the baffle only the smallest of bird can access this) I'm using black sun flower seeds in the feeder and they have no problems moving through the feeder.
Nice looking over all (though nothing all that special)
I live in Oregon so keeping the seeds dry is very important. This feeder does that quite effectively and in fact I think the squirrel baffle helps with that.
Amazon Review August 29, 2013
Reviewer: Jeffrey Phillips
We got the Perky-Pet Squirrel Slammer and hung it on our bird feeder post almost immediately. We've been plagued by a squirrel that has managed to overcome many of the barriers we've tried, and had even overcome some supposedly squirrel proof feeders. To date I can report that the squirrel has met its match. Amazingly the squirrel managed to get to the roost points where the birds roost when they feed, but its weight shuts the portal where the birdseed is, while birds are too light to cause it to shut.
The feeder is relatively large, so it doesn't need to be filled quite as often, but it is a good deal larger in circumference than our other feeders. If you have smart squirrels, you'll want to try this feeder.