- Squirrel-proof bird feeder holds 3 quarts of bird seed
- Weight of squirrel closes access to seed ports; adjustable weight settings
- Attracts wide variety of clinging/perching birds; cardinal friendly with Cardinal Ring
- Place feeder just about anywhere; easy to fill and clean; dishwasher-safe
- Measures 6 by 6 by 23 inches; lifetime hassle-free warranty
Squirrel Buster Plus™ breaks new ground with design features available for the first time on any bird feeder.
Over a million happy clients (and well-fed birds) confirm that the patented Squirrel Buster™ system is truly squirrel proof!
Openings in the bottom section of the feeder (shroud) align with seed ports, providing birds access to the seed. When a squirrel climbs onto the feeder, its weight automatically forces the shroud down, closing the seed ports. Squirrels and large birds are foiled but not harmed in way.
|The Closing Mechanism
Use the feeder with the factory setting before making any adjustments. A small red squirrel, 4 oz./115g, will trigger the closing mechanism at this setting.
|To increase the adjustment setting, rotate the transparent cartridge clockwise. The red line will move down from the previous setting. This increases the weight required to close access to the seed.|
|To decrease the adjustment setting, turn the cartridge counter clockwise. The red line will move up from the previous setting. This decreases the weight|
Where do I locate my Squirrel Buster Plus™?
You can locate this bird feeder anywhere and be squirrel free. Position it to get great close-up views of your favorite birds. Hang your Squirrel Buster Plus™ over a window, in a tree, on a deck, a fence, in your garden, on the side of your house, from a rain trough or over sliding doors.
Use brackets, extension hooks and tree hooks to hang your feeder at the recommended clearance. Hooks and brackets are available at birding stores, garden centers and hardware supply stores.
Squirrel Buster Plus™ prevents squirrels from eating expensive seed, scaring the birds and damaging your feeder. Enjoy being free of squirrel problems, but please remember, squirrels also need to eat. For the price of a few peanuts, or inexpensive cracked corn, squirrels will be happy to entertain.
What seed should I feed wild birds? Black Oil sunflower seed is a good all-round birdseed. Specialty wild bird stores carry seed blends and information specific to your area. A little guidance from these experts will help you attract more birds. Avoid blends that use fillers such as cracked corn, wheat and millet. These fillers are thrown to the ground by the birds and can attract unwanted species.
When should I feed birds? Any time of the year is a good time to feed wild birds. Feeding birds during the fall and winter months helps them to survive the cold weather. nature’s food supply is actually at its lowest in the spring, making it an important feeding season. During the summer, birds are establishing their territory, nesting and raising young. This is a time of high activity for the birds and a steady supply of dry seed is a welcome addition to their diet.
What happens if I stop feeding the birds? Mother nature has always provided for the birds. Birdseed from feeders is a bonus for wild birds and provides only a part of their nutritional needs. If you stop feeding the birds, they will continue to feed from natural sources just as they did before you began feeding them.
Do metal perches cause any harm? There is some concern that birds’ feet will stick to metal perches in freezing weather. This cannot and does not happen. Birds do not have sweat glands in their feet and never stick to metal objects such as utility wires, metal fences or radio and TV antennas.
What about chipmunks, raccoons, bears and other critters? Squirrel Buster Plus is absolutely squirrel proof but is not designed to deter chipmunks, raccoons, bears and other critters that can damage the feeder. Raccoons can damage the feeder when they drop it to the ground and roll it around to extract the seed. Latch you feeder with a snap hook to avoid raccoon damage. Birdseed is attractive to a wide variety of wild animals. Usually these animals are nocturnal. If you have a problem we recommend that you take your feeder in at night.
Wild Bird Safety Clean bird feeders are as important to wild birds as clean dishes are to humans. Grimy bird feeders can be a source of contamination that can be fatal to birds. Please help to spread the word about the need for clean, healthy wild bird feeders.
Cleaning If washing in the dishwasher, place the dismantled feeder components on the top rack of the dishwasher. Fill both the pre-wash and the main-wash sections of the detergent dispenser with your regular dishwasher detergent. Select either high temperature drying or an air-dry option. Use your regular washing cycle.
Owner’s Guide The spring mechanism is calibrated at the factory to hold 3.5 oz. / 100g with the Cardinal Ring installed. It will be fully closed at 5.3 oz. / 150 g., shutting out the smaller Red Squirrels, as well as the larger Gray Squirrels.
|Birds by average weight|
|Red-breasted Nuthatch||0.35 oz.||10 g|
|Chickadee||0.4 oz.||11 g|
|American Goldfinch||0.5 oz.||14 g|
|Common Redpoll||0.5 oz.||14 g|
|Pine Siskin||0.5 oz.||14 g|
|Dark Eyed Junco||0.7 oz.||20 g|
|Tufted Titmouse||0.7 oz.||20 g|
|White-breasted Nuthatch||0.7 oz.||20 g|
|House Finch||1.0 oz.||28 g|
|Purple Finch||1.0 oz.||28 g|
|Sparrow||1.0 oz.||28 g|
|Downy Woodpecker||1.5 oz.||42 g|
|Rose-breasted Grosbeak||1.6 oz.||45 g|
|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker||1.7 oz.||50 g|
|Red-winged Blackbird||2.0 oz.||52 g|
|Evening Grosbeak||2.0 oz.||56 g|
|Northern Cardinal||2.0 oz.||56 g|
|Hairy Woodpecker||2.3 oz.||66 g|
|European Starling||3.0 oz.||84 g|
|Jay||4.0 oz.||112 g|
|Common Grackle||4.0 oz.||112 g|
|Mourning Dove||4.0 oz.||112 g|
|Northern Flicker||4.6 oz.||130 g|
|Domestic Pigeon||9.0 oz.||255 g|
|Squirrels by average weight|
|Douglas Squirrel||5 to 10 oz.||140 to 280 g|
|Red Squirrel||5 to 11 oz.||140 to 310 g|
|Gray Squirrel||12 to 26 oz.||340 to 740 g|
|Fox Squirrel||17 to 37 oz.||480 to 1050 g|
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