Placement to deter squirrels: The key to keeping a feeder successfully squirrel-proofed is the placement. Place a bird feeder 4 feet from the ground and 8 feet from anything a squirrel can jump from. When hanging from a pole by a hook, it is recommended that the hook have at least a 16” distance from the pole. Placing a baffle on the pole or having a caged feeder will also help to ensure squirrel-proof success.
Cleaning: Dirty bird feeders spread disease. We recommend cleaning your feeders weekly, or monthly at a minimum. Clean your feeders outdoors with a large bucket, and always wear gloves when cleaning. Soak your feeder in a 9:1 solution of water and bleach for 15 minutes. Then use a bird feeder brush to scrub the feeder with dish soap and water. Refill when completely dry.
|Dimensions||15.5"h x 6.25"w x 12"d|
|Construction||Metal & plastic|
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First feeder I've found that successfully deters squirrels, though they seem happy enough to eat what the birds have dropped. The cats love all the additional birds they get to watch on their "cat tv" (window). A major drawback is cleaning. This feeder is a royal pain to take apart, so I hope the birds don't get sick in between my cleanings, especially in the heat of the summer with the oil build-up turning rancid. The baffles are such a clever idea, but they do make cleaning more challenging. The hard plastic is another issue - too susceptible to breaks.
Hi Cheryl, Thank you for your review of the Squirrel-X™ X1 Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder with Spring-Loaded Perches, 4.2 lb. capacity. We are happy to see your overall satisfaction with this feeder. We will be sure to share your feedback with our Product Development & Design Team to take into consideration when planning product improvements. If you have any other questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team at 1-800-352-9164. Thank you for flying with our flock!
Love this bird feeder except that seed went into the bottom and I can’t seem to get it out. Does the bottom come apart at all?
Hi Karen, Thank you for your review of the Squirrel-X X1 Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder with Spring Loaded Perches. We are thrilled to know you love this feeder! Yes the bottom does come off to clean. You can find the cleaning instructions on the product page listed under Instruction Manual. Those instructions are here: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0263/1198/3157/files/11_X1_Print_Ready-UPDATED.pdf?v=1604329998. There are two screws on the bottom that you can remove to be able to remove the metal base. If you have any other questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team at 1-800-352-9164. Thank you for flying with our flock!
This feed is a great concept and I've seen squirrels try to get to it and were unsuccessful. However, The feeder gets stuck closed so now the birds can't either. So after every big bird or squirrel attempt I have to adjust it so that the birds can get back to the seeds.
Hi Eric, Thank you for your review of the Squirrel-X X1 Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder with Spring-Loaded Perches. We are sorry to hear that the feeder is getting stuck in the closed position every time a large bird or squirrel lands on the perches. It should not get stuck closed, so this sounds like a manufacturing issue. Depending on where you purchased and how long it has been since you purchased, we suggest attempting to return and or exchange the feeder with the retailer. If you purchased directly from us you are welcome to speak with our customer service team and see what options we have. We also have some placement suggestions that may help, since the feeder will not be accessible by squirrels, so there will be less attempts. Squirrels are agile and are able to jump up to 8ft horizontally and 4ft vertically. For this reason, we recommend that feeders be placed 8ft away from any structures that they can climb on so that they do not reach across to access the feeding holes. It can be helpful to trim back and prune any nearby bushes or branches within 12ft of a feeder. We also recommend that feeders be placed higher than 4ft off the ground, preventing the squirrels from jumping and grabbing onto the bottom. If you are using a hook or pole, we recommend that the hook have at least a 16in distance from the pole. Placing a baffle on the pole or having a caged feeder will also help to ensure squirrel-proofing success. We hope this helps and we do apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any other questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer service team at 1-800-352-9164. Thank you for flying with our flock!
Thought it would deter black birds but it does not
Hi Carol, Thank you for your review of the Squirrel-X X1 Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder with Spring Loaded Perches. Yes, this feeder is designed to help keep the squirrels away, so unfortunately that does not include black birds. You could try offering safflower seed in the feeder. Black birds do not like that type of seed. If you have any other questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service Team at 1-800-352-9164. Thank you for flying with our flock!
Good feeder at keeping squirrels away. Jumped too soon at buying it from the U.S. By the time I paid the exchange and the brokerage fees from U.P.S. the cost was almost $100 Canadian. Discovered later that the same feeder is sold at Canadian Tire for $40.