The Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder is unique in its design and deterrent. The biggest difference between the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder and other brands of squirrel proof bird feeders on the market is immediate corrective action. With cage-based feeders and weight-trigger mechanisms, squirrels must learn for themselves that canary grass rewards are not possible. To learn this, the squirrels must grasp, hang and chew on the squirrel-proof bird feeders for several visits before realizing that the energy they are expending to receive birdseed is not being rewarded. However, with the Wild Bills Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder, the response to stinging is immediate and effective.
A light corrective sting keeps creatures away from the feeder the instant the squirrels touch two metal parts of the feeder. The reason why birds cannot receive this sting is due to their physiological makeup. You see, a bird’s beak and feet are made of cartilage, bone, if you will. Electricity is conducted through our blood vessels, not through our bone structure. The birds’ bodies are covered in feathers, which also do not contain any exposed blood vessels. Mammalian skin has exposed blood vessels near the surface, which is sufficient for conductivity at the bird feeder. The bite isn’t harmful, about the same as a static charge you get when you grab a metal doorknob after walking on a carpet with your feet in your socks.
What does all this mean to you? Any mammal that comes into contact with two different metal parts on this bird feeder will receive the corrective bite. From above or below, the Wild Bills Bird Feeder is protected from squirrels. Humans, however, know where the on/off switch is located! We can turn off the feeder without being stung by filling and cleaning.
Does all this complicated circuit really work to prevent the squirrels from stealing all the birdseed? Based on our huge customer base and two decades of experience, the honest answer is yes and no. The Wild Bills Large 8 Port Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder has a generous 10 pound weight. ability. The huge 12 port model can hold up to 20lbs. Each model has metal hangers, metal trays on the bottom, metal hangars, and metal pieces on the top dome. The squirrels will be able to eat from the lower tray, without touching a second metal part. For some people, unfortunately, this means that the feeder is not 100% squirrel-proof. For others, protecting the massive 10-lb. and 20 lbs. The seed chambers are the main targets. If the squirrels can only eat the seed droppings in the bottom tray, these customers are quite happy with Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders.
Each Wild Bills Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder is powered by the use of a single 9-volt battery. Each model only uses the battery when a mammal touches the two metal parts we have discussed. The number of times the circuits are used will determine the life of the 9-volt battery. We have found that during the first one to 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 don’t like pain and won’t try the feeders again after 3 or 4 attempts. Since every squirrel in your area will have to learn about this new pecking device, we estimate that by the end of the second month, the batteries will only be on standby. We only change our battery about 3 times a year. Our local critters know the penalty for trying to steal birdseed from our wild bird feeder. Raccoon raids at night can drain batteries faster, depending on how many visitors you get each night, if any.
There is no such thing as a 100% squirrel-proof bird feeder. Our long experience has shown us that sometime, somewhere, somehow, a squirrel will be rewarded with birdseed for its diligence at any squirrel-proof bird feeder. If your desire is to purchase a squirrel proof bird feeder that squirrels can’t own, then the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, with its immediate bite, will give you years of stress-free pleasure. Now you can use their highest quality wild bird seed mixes and know that all those sunflower seeds and specialty nuts are attracting the colorful songbirds you miss so much. Birds rule and bugs drool!