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Rated 3 out of 5 by Samuel Definitely not squirrel proof
I have owned this feeder for years. It is very well-made and maintenance-free, and it does hold an enormous amount of seed. It is not, however, squirrel proof. Squirrels eventually learn how to grip the sides and/or top, and hang sideways or upside down to pilfer the seeds without standing on the spring-loaded bar. Larger birds (like grackles) also learn to perch on the bar and flap their wings while eating, so that their weight doesn't depress the bar and cut off the seed access.
Rated 5 out of 5 by VeeJayTee Squirrel proof for sure - NO BAFFLE NEEDED!
I have had this feeder for 2 years and have watched MANY times from my window as the squirrels tried to get at the seeds...it is almost as entertaining as watching the birds! Pressing on the bar, does not release seeds as the other reviewer commented, it CLOSES OFF the seeds. I have mine on a long, thin pole right admidst the trees. The squirrels can jump onto the top, but as soon as they wiggle around to the front and put weight on the perch (which is the only way they can steady themselves and reach the seed), the door closes and they cannot get to the food. It is genius. There is an adjustment to allow for different sizes of birds. I have mine set at a medium setting so that four sparrows can feed at once. If a fifth one sits on the bar it is too much weight and it closes off the food. One cardinal and 2 sparrows can feed at once. Only one blue jay at a time. You get the picture..the bigger the bird, the less can feed, or maybe not even at all if it is a really big bird. I get many birds througout the day and a full feeder will last approximately one week. The feeder itself has held up very well with no peeling paint, rust, or other issues. A great buy!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Resqr No Squirrels Snacking here
I've had this same feeder for years.....at least 5 or 6. I have NEVER had an issue with squirrels feeding from it at my house & have never had to use a baffle. Perhaps the trick is to start at a light weight tolerance-as that's what I did. So when the squirrels attempted to feed, it closed automatically. Then, when they fail to even attempt feeding, you can increase the weight limits, always with an option of going back if a new squirrel friend appears. After a few months of trying unsuccessfully, they don't even climb the pole anymore & feed from the ground. Even my Brother (who is not easy to please) was very impressed by it when he investigated it one day. Best money I ever spent.
Rated 3 out of 5 by dejest Good but not totally squirrel-proof
Squirrels are very crafty, smart creatures. It took a while (a month or so) until the rodents shimmied up the pole and sat atop the feeder mocking me. Soon after that, they learned to lean over and hold the feeder bar down which lets the seeds out. If that wasn't enough, they somehow managed to loosen three of the four bird feeder's screws. So I took the feeder down and put it in the garage for a year. I missed my birds!
Last year I found a suitable baffle for under $20. I re-assembled the feeder with the long tubular baffle and now the squirrels have to eat the seeds off the ground with the birds. This spring, I have a day menagerie of birds and squirrels plus the night-visiting raccoon, rabbit and possum. This FEEDER IS OK., BUT IF you have SQUIRRELS...YOU MUST USE A BAFFLE!.