Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder-Fact or Fiction
The Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder is unique 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 squirrel proof bird 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 instant squirrels touch two metal parts on the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. The reason birds are not able to 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 our bone structure. Birds bodies are covered with feathers, which do not contain exposed blood vessels, either. A mammal’s skin has exposed blood vessels near the surface, which is sufficient for conductivity on the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. The sting is not harmful, 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 mean? Any mammal that comes in contact with two different metal parts on the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder will receive the corrective sting. From the top or bottom, the Wild Bills Squirrel Proof 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 model can hold up to 20lbs. Each model 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 means 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 through the use of a single 9-volt battery. Each model only uses the battery upon a mammal’s 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 during 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 estimate 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 Squirrel Proof Bird 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 purchase 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 stree-free enjoyment. Visit “Bird Droppings” for all your wild bird news, facts and tips.
Steve White is the owner of Wild Bird Depot, New Hampshire’s largest variety of wild bird products for over 16 years and www.wildbirddepot.com. He was on the Board of Directors for the National Bird Feeding Society. He is a guest lecturer for national conventions in St. Louis and Atlanta. Wild Bird Depot has donated over ,000 to the local nature centers for rehabilitation. He has also donated and participated in helping local schools set up wild bird habitats for learning and research. Steve is now offering his backyard bird feeding expertise to assist others in creating wild bird sanctuaries in their backyards, one feeder at a time.
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