First of all, this squirrel proof feeder is a really large one. My last squirrel proof feeder was destroyed by a black bear. What drew me to this one was its large capacity, 2.5 gallons – that’s 15 pounds of seed. They are probably talking about the smaller seeds, not the black oil sunflower seeds which I usually use.
This is made in the USA, and it’s guaranteed. The details from the ox show that bird seeds are the most commonly used. I use black oil sunflower seeds. This will post mount, or you can hang it from a tree branch. They show you in an illustration on the box how it’s supposed to look like when mounted.
How To Install The Feeder
There are two models that this comes in. This is a 7533 and 7539 looks the same; it just has some details and ornamentation on it. The instructions are pretty good: they show you how to set the post, how to bolt everything up, and the details are pretty basic. On the sides, they have this counterbalance adjustment, and they have thumb screws built in, so you don’t have to use tools – that’s very useful!
I was surprised to find out at the bottom of the box that the metal support poles came with it. Well, that’s gonna be kind of wasted on me because I’m not going to use those, but they’re there, so you don’t have to buy them separately. The receiver that bolts onto the bottom of your feeder is plastic. It looks like a high-impact plastic, so it should hold up. There’s a white sleeve there. It’s supposed to be a predator protection device, but that thing will slide all the way up and down your pole.
All the hardware’s included, and everything you need is here. You might need a screwdriver and probably a small wrench. They also include this clear cellophane that you’re going to stick over the holes if you don’t use the bottom mount so that the seed doesn’t fall through
You need to slide the counterbalance back if you want more resistance, and of course, closer to the feeder if you want less resistance. You may even want to block out larger birds. The unit has a nice wooden perch on the front that I like better, as metal would probably be hard on their feet or cold in winter. And of course, there are plexiglass windows that show you the level of the feed and whether or not you need to fill that thing back up. The capacity is huge.
Construction & Quality
The feeding bay is very smartly built. When they step on this wooden perch, if it’s too heavy, it’ll close that off entirely – that’s the point of it. This is how the counterbalance works, whether it’s hanging or it’s on a pole. I don’t have a huge problem with squirrels, but I do like to block out some of the larger birds which waste the feed and scatter it on the ground.
The perch is 12 inches wide, so it’s a good size – much bigger than the last one – and seven and a half inches tall at the front. Looks like it’s gonna shed rain pretty decently. From the side of the peak, we’re a little over nine inches in the middle. There are, of course, some mounting holes on the bottom, which I don’t plan to use because I’m gonna hang it.
It also has a nice clip to release it. My last design had a different style clip that I wasn’t very impressed with. This one definitely holds very securely, and I don’t see any strong winds lifting that up. In the open position, when you tilt it forward, it actually slides down, so it will stay in the open position while you fill it. You don’t have to worry about it closing on you while you’re filling that up. This clip is stainless steel, so it’s not going to corrode. The carbon steel that’s painted looks like it’s riveted right onto the roof.
The counterbalance bar looks nice and thick, nice and heavy – I believe it’s carbon steel powder coated with this speckled paint. Looking at the unfinished interior, you can see the bottom holes. Because I’m using sunflower seed, they won’t fall through those holes, but for people using the regular smaller mixed bird seed, they’re going to cover those up with the included tape.
The support bar is much thicker than any of the other squirrel proof eaters I’ve had. I’m very impressed with how stout this is. It looks like unfinished steel. Again, there is a tape covering the hole, so the sunflowers are not going to fall through that. There are smaller holes in the front of it that will allow for moisture to drip out and not build up inside if rain gets in.
Design Of The Squirrel Resistant Feeder
Looking at the interior, there is a nice plexiglass cover that’s going to show you the level of the seed at a glance. From the front, with all the things put together, we have that hanging bar installed, and I’m gonna leave it at its factory setting, as far as the balance goes.
The finish is kind of pebbly-looking, so it’s not super smooth, not glossy, and it looks like it’s gonna hold up pretty well – like the last feeder I had from the same company. When you look at these bars that suspend your feeder, you want to make sure and put these retaining clips in there. If a raccoon or something gets on top of this feeder, they’re gonna spread the bars apart with their feet. This will prevent them from being able to pull it out, and you’re not gonna find your feeder laying on the ground.
Hanging outside, the birds come to it immediately. Gross peaks and California finches are always sitting on the perch. Of course, if the bar loads up, you can control the balance, if it closes just from too many birds on it.
I hope you found the review helpful in finding the right squirrel proof bird feeder.