Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder – Customer Reviews For Two Decad…
The Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder is rare in its design and deterrence. The biggest difference between the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder and other brands of squirrel proof bird feeders on the market is the immediate, corrective action. With feeders that rely on cages and weight activation mechanisms, squirrels need to learn on their own that birdseed rewards are not possible. To learn this, squirrels need to grip, hang and chew on the squirrel proof bird feeders for multiple visits before they realize that the energy they are expending to receive birdseed is not being rewarded. However, with the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, the stinging response is immediate and effective.
A mild, corrective sting keeps critters off the feeder the moment squirrels touch two metal parts on the feeder. The reason birds are not able to receive this sting is due to their physiological makeup. You see, a birds beak and feet are made of cartilage, bone if you will. Electricity is conducted by our blood vessels, not our bone structure. Birds bodies are covered with feathers, which do not contain exposed blood vessels, either. A mammals skin has exposed blood vessels near the surface, which is sufficient for conductivity on the bird feeder. The sting is not unhealthy, about the same as a static charge you get when you grab a metal doorknob after walking on a carpet in your stocking feet.
What does all this average to you? Any mammal that comes in contact with two different metal parts on the this bird feeder will receive the corrective sting. From the top or bottom, the Wild Bills Bird Feeder is protected from squirrels. Humans, however, know where the on/off switch is located! We can turn the feeder off without stinging ourselves to fill and clean.
Does all this complicated circuitry really work to keep squirrels from stealing all the birdseed? According to our huge customer base and two decades of experiences, the honest answer is yes and no. The large 8 port Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder has a generous 10lb. capacity. The huge 12 port form can keep up up to 20lbs. Each form has metal perches, metal trays on the bottom, metal hangars and metal parts on the top dome. The squirrels will be able to eat off the bottom tray, without touching a second metal part. For some people, unfortunately, this method the feeder is not 100% squirrel proof. For others, protecting the huge 10lb. & 20lb. seed chambers are the main goals. If the squirrels can only eat the seed droppings on the bottom tray, these customers are quite content with the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders.
Each Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder operates by the use of a single 9-volt battery. Each form only uses the battery upon a mammals touching of the two metal parts we have discussed. How many times the circuits are used will determine the life of the 9-volt battery. We have discovered that the first one or two months of introducing the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder to your backyard, these batteries will need to be changed about 2-3 times. This is the training period for your squirrels. Squirrels are not sadistic creatures. They do not enjoy pain and will not return to test the feeders after about 3-4 attempts. Since each squirrel in your area will have to be taught about this new stinging device, we calculate that by the end of the second month, batteries are on stand-by only. We only change our battery about 3 times per year. Our local critters know about the penalty for trying to steal birdseed from our Wild Bills Feeder. Nighttime raids by raccoons can drain the batteries faster, depending on the number of visitors you get each night, if at all.
There is not such thing as a 100% squirrel proof bird feeder. Our long experience has shown us that at sometime, somewhere, somehow, a squirrel will receive a birdseed reward for their diligence on any squirrel proof bird feeder. If your desire is to buy a squirrel proof bird feeder that squirrels can not own, then the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, with its immediate stinging, will give you years of stress-free pleasure. Now you can use your highest quality wild bird seed mixes and know that all those sunflower seeds and specialty tree nut are attracting the colorful songbirds you miss so much. Birds rule and critters drool!