We've had bird feeders around our house for years, because we are birders and love it. But the squirrels are relentless, as anyone with bird feeders can attest to. I wouldn't mind if they stopped by for one quick nibble and went on their way, but they don't. They will hang out there all day long, draining the feeder of every last seed. That is costly, and keeps the birds away. I'm not wanting to feed the squirrels, so when I came across the Squirrel Buster bird feeders I was immediately intrigued. We had already tried a baffle and that didn't work, but I was cautiously optimistic about the Squirrel Buster!
The Squirrel Buster comes in three different sizes and goes by how much seed it holds. They offer a .98 pound mini feeder, 1.3 pound bird feeder, and a 2.6 pound feeder. We bought the smallest one, along with a hook, to hang it on my office window. I had another type of window bird feeder that the squirrels were taking over. We also bought the medium size bird feeder to replace our other unit in the backyard that hangs on the tree. They also offer a pole adapter if you prefer to have it on a pole, rather than hanging.
We filled them up and put them out. Then we sat back and watched. The squirrels came to the feeders and they tried hard to get the food. I mean hard. But try as they may, they couldn't get any food out. The way the feeder is made, when they put their weight on it the feeder essentially closes. Their own body weight closes the feeder! This makes it to where they can't get any food out of it. I even sat and watched a feeder try to bite the side of the feeder and was not successful (the company guarantees it against squirrel damage to the unit, too). After a couple of weeks of trying often, they have about given up. They realize now that no matter what they do, they can't get to the bird seed.
I love the Squirrel Buster bird feeders! We are no longer putting out bird seed so that the squirrels drain it within a couple of days. Now it's there just for the birds. The squirrels can eat the few seeds that may happen to fall to the ground (as do the blue jays, wild turkeys, ducks, etc.). The Squirrel Buster is a bit pricey for a bird feeder, but I figure we are going to save far more money in bird seed, because the squirrels won't be eating it all up.
If you are looking for a way to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder, consider replacing it with a Squirrel Buster. They really do work to keep the squirrels out, but the birds seem to enjoy it. So far we've had them out there for a few weeks and we have seen many cardinals, tufted titmice, mourning doves, and blue jays.
These are great bird feeders that I give two thumbs up!