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  • Squirrel proof
  • Holds 3 quarts of seed

  • Weight adjustable to help control unwanted birds

  • Cardinal friendly

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Chew proof

  • Lifetime hassle-free warranty

WHAT MAKES IT SQUIRREL PROOF?

Squirrel Buster Plus™ breaks new ground with design features available for the first time on any bird feeder.

Over a million happy clients (and well-fed birds) confirm that the patented Squirrel Buster™ system is truly squirrel proof! Openings in the bottom section of the feeder (shroud) align with seed ports, providing birds access to the seed. When a squirrel climbs onto the feeder, its weight automatically forces the shroud down, closing the seed ports. Squirrels and large birds are foiled but not harmed in way.

The Closing Mechanism

Use the feeder with the factory setting before making any adjustments. A small red squirrel, 4 oz./115g, will trigger the closing mechanism at this setting.

To increase the adjustment setting, rotate the transparent cartridge clockwise. The red line will move down from the previous setting. This increases the weight required to close access to the seed.
To decrease the adjustment setting, turn the cartridge counter clockwise. The red line will move up from the previous setting. This decreases the weight required to close access to the seed.

WHAT BIRDS WILL USE THIS FEEDER

LOCATING YOUR FEEDER

Where do I locate my Squirrel Buster Plus™?

You can locate this bird feeder anywhere and be squirrel free. Position it to get great close-up views of your favorite birds. Hang your Squirrel Buster Plus™ over a window, in a tree, on a deck, a fence, in your garden, on the side of your house, from a rain trough or over sliding doors. Use brackets, extension hooks and tree hooks to hang your feeder at the recommended clearance. Hooks and brackets are available at birding stores, garden centers and hardware supply stores. Squirrel Buster Plus™ prevents squirrels from eating expensive seed, scaring the birds and damaging your feeder. Enjoy being free of squirrel problems, but please remember, squirrels also need to eat. For the price of a few peanuts, or inexpensive cracked corn, squirrels will be happy to entertain.

DISMANTLING & ASSEMBLING

Dismantling & Assembling Your Feeder

Read instructions below or visit our Instructional Videos page. Squirrel Buster Plus has been designed to dismantle easily for filling and cleaning.

1. Disconnect the hanger from the feeder.

2. Disconnect and remove the seed tube. Depress clips located inside the seed ports and push up. Triangular tabs on tube  bottom indicate location of ports & clip.

3. Lift seed tube.

4. Remove skirt component.

5. Remove bottom wing nut.

6. Remove shroud (bottom section). Push down & remove.

Place all parts on the top rack of the dishwasher. Note: The heating element on some dishwashers may be close enough to the bottom rack to damage plastic parts. While all our products are made from components meant to last, Squirrel Buster Plus™ components are not guaranteed against excessive heat. Replacement parts are available at an authorized Squirrel Buster Plus™ dealer or from www.bromebirdcare.com.


Cardinal Ring System™

Assembling and Attaching the Cardinal Ring

  1. Select two halves of the Cardinal Ring.
  2. Lock the two halves of the Cardinal Ring™ together (A).
  3. Unlock the perches by unscrewing the wing nut located on the bottom of the feeder with 2 counter-clockwise turns (B).
  4. Place the feeder in the middle of the Cardinal Ring™.
  5. Extend the perches from the base by turning each one counterclockwise into the Cardinal Ring™ (C).

IMPORTANT: be sure to lock the Cardinal Ring™ in place by tightening the wing nut on the bottom of the feeder.

FEEDER CHARACTERISTICS

Detachable Component System™

Squirrel Buster Plus™ components are designed to be assembled and dismantled easily by hand, without tools, and to fit into your dishwasher.

Dishwasher Safe Bird Feeder™

Clean feeders are as important to wild birds as clean dishes are to humans. Grimy bird feeders can be a source of illness that can be fatal for birds. With squirrel Buster Plus™ detachable components it is effortless to provide the birds you love with a safe and healthy feeder. Regular cleaning of your bird feeder is essential and should never be delayed. Spread the word about clean, safe feeders.

Seed Tube Ventilation System™

Damp and decaying seed decreases bird traffic and can spread disease. Most transparent bird feeder seed tubes trap solar energy just like a greenhouse. The air in squirrel Buster PlusTM rises and escapes through patented water-proof vents at the top of the feeder. The escaping, heated air is replaced by fresh air entering through the seed ports at the bottom of the tube. The birdseed remains fresh, attracting more birds.

Perching Options Using Adjustable Posi-Grip Perch™

Thick, adjustable-length perches with textured surfaces provide a secure and comfortable grip for birds. Attract small birds such as Chickadees and Finches (while deterring larger birds like Grackles and starlings) by shortening the perches. Perches can also be extended just enough to attract medium-sized birds including Grosbeaks and Woodpeckers. Grackles, starlings, and Doves can be deterred by using variable length perches and the adjustable spring mechanism.

Cardinal Ring System™

The Squirrel Buster Plus™ can be used with or without the Cardinal Ring System™, an optional posi-grip ring designed especially for Cardinals. Cardinals prefer to grip a thick-textured perch and, because it’s awkward for them to turn their short necks to feed, they prefer to face their food source directly. The Squirrel Buster Plus™ Cardinal Ring System™ allows Cardinals to eat facing the seed from a secure and comfortable perch. These Cardinal-friendly feeding features combined with a bush-level location make Squirrel Buster Plus™ very inviting to our scarlet friends.

1. Adjust perch length (see list of birds by average weight.) 1.25″ for small birds 0.35 oz./10g to 1.0 oz./28g 1.50″ for medium birds 1.0 oz./28g to 2.0 oz./56g 1.75″ for larger birds 2.0 oz./56g and more. a) Rotate wing nut counter clockwise 2 turns to unlock perches b) screw or unscrew perches to desired length. c) Rotate wing nut clockwise to lock perches in position. Use thumb pressure, do not force.
2. Attach hanger
3. Fill your feeder and latch cover Fill the seed tube with up to 3 quarts/2.8 liters of seed. To close and latch the cover, align one of the dimples on the side of the cover with the yellow dot on the seed tube. Push down and rotate clockwise to the stop.
4. Adjust the closing mechanism Use the feeder with the factory setting before making any adjustments. A small red squirrel, 4 oz./115g, will trigger the closing mechanism at this setting.
To increase the adjustment setting, rotate the transparent cartridge clockwise. The red line will move down from the previous setting. This increases the weight required to close access to the seed.
To decrease the adjustment setting, turn the cartridge counter clockwise. The red line will move up from the previous setting. This decreases the weight required to close access to the seed.
5. The need for clearance Remember it’s a squirrel’s weight that triggers the closing mechanism. If a squirrel can reach over from a nearby foothold and avoid placing his weight on the feeder, he can access the birdseed. To overcome this problem, allow for at least 18 in./47 cm of clearance around the feeder. This will force the squirrel to climb onto the feeder and trigger the closing mechanism.

WARRANTY & REGISTRATION

Squirrel Buster Plus™ Lifetime Hassle-Free Warranty

Your Squirrel Buster Plus™ squirrel-proof bird feeder is guaranteed to be free of material or manufacturing defects. The factory warranty applies when this product is used according to manufacturer’s instructions and for the lifetime of the original owner. Cosmetic scratches from squirrels or damage from raccoons, bears or other animals are not covered by warranty. Privacy Policy: We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone.


All warranty claims must be made by calling Brome Bird Care customer service at 1-800-856-5685. To activate your lifetime factory warranty, please complete and return the warranty registration card enclosed with the product or FILL THE REGISTRATION FORM BELOW.

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FAQs

What seed should I feed wild birds? Black Oil sunflower seed is a good all-round birdseed. Specialty wild bird stores carry seed blends and information specific to your area. A little guidance from these experts will help you attract more birds. Avoid blends that use fillers such as cracked corn, wheat and millet. These fillers are thrown to the ground by the birds and can attract unwanted species.

When should I feed birds? Any time of the year is a good time to feed wild birds. Feeding birds during the fall and winter months helps them to survive the cold weather. nature’s food supply is actually at its lowest in the spring, making it an important feeding season. During the summer, birds are establishing their territory, nesting and raising young. This is a time of high activity for the birds and a steady supply of dry seed is a welcome addition to their diet.

What happens if I stop feeding the birds? Mother nature has always provided for the birds. Birdseed from feeders is a bonus for wild birds and provides only a part of their nutritional needs. If you stop feeding the birds, they will continue to feed from natural sources just as they did before you began feeding them.

Do metal perches cause any harm? There is some concern that birds’ feet will stick to metal perches in freezing weather. This cannot and does not happen. Birds do not have sweat glands in their feet and never stick to metal objects such as utility wires, metal fences or radio and TV antennas.

What about chipmunks, raccoons, bears and other critters? Squirrel Buster Plus is absolutely squirrel proof but is not designed to deter chipmunks, raccoons, bears and other critters that can damage the feeder. Raccoons can damage the feeder when they drop it to the ground and roll it around to extract the seed. Latch you feeder with a snap hook to avoid raccoon damage. Birdseed is attractive to a wide variety of wild animals. Usually these animals are nocturnal. If you have a problem we recommend that you take your feeder in at night.

Wild Bird Safety Clean bird feeders are as important to wild birds as clean dishes are to humans. Grimy bird feeders can be a source of contamination that can be fatal to birds. Please help to spread the word about the need for clean, healthy wild bird feeders.

Cleaning If washing in the dishwasher,  place the dismantled feeder components on the top rack of the dishwasher. Fill both the pre-wash and the main-wash sections of the detergent dispenser with your regular dishwasher detergent. Select either high temperature drying or an air-dry option. Use your regular washing cycle.

Owner’s Guide The spring mechanism is calibrated at the factory to hold 3.5 oz. / 100g with the Cardinal Ring installed. It will be fully closed at 5.3 oz. / 150 g., shutting out the smaller Red Squirrels, as well as the larger Gray Squirrels.

Birds by average weight
Red-breasted Nuthatch 0.35 oz. 10 g
Chickadee 0.4 oz. 11 g
American Goldfinch 0.5 oz. 14 g
Common Redpoll 0.5 oz. 14 g
Pine Siskin 0.5 oz. 14 g
Dark Eyed Junco 0.7 oz. 20 g
Tufted Titmouse 0.7 oz. 20 g
White-breasted Nuthatch 0.7 oz. 20 g
House Finch 1.0 oz. 28 g
Purple Finch 1.0 oz. 28 g
Sparrow 1.0 oz. 28 g
Downy Woodpecker 1.5 oz. 42 g
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1.6 oz. 45 g
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1.7 oz. 50 g
Red-winged Blackbird 2.0 oz. 52 g
Evening Grosbeak 2.0 oz. 56 g
Northern Cardinal 2.0 oz. 56 g
Hairy Woodpecker 2.3 oz. 66 g
European Starling 3.0 oz. 84 g
Jay 4.0 oz. 112 g
Common Grackle 4.0 oz. 112 g
Mourning Dove 4.0 oz. 112 g
Northern Flicker 4.6 oz. 130 g
Domestic Pigeon 9.0 oz. 255 g
Squirrels by average weight
Douglas Squirrel 5 to 10 oz. 140 to 280 g
Red Squirrel 5 to 11 oz. 140 to 310 g
Gray Squirrel 12 to 26 oz. 340 to 740 g
Fox Squirrel 17 to 37 oz. 480 to 1050 g
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