Last Updated 07, Jun




No birdfeeder is 100% squirrel proof  or squirrel repellent. First, no matter what birdfeeder you have, its ability to keep squirrels away depends a lot on proper placement and hanging. Having said that, Brome Squirrel Buster Bird Feeders are one of the most effective, and the most economical bird feeders that will stop squirrels from cleaning out a bird feeder filled with expensive seed.  According to almost all reviews they are worth their price just in the amount of seed saved from our felonious and crafty friend….the squirrel.


All the Brome Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders use the squirrel’s weight to his disadvantage.  Squirrels weigh more than most birds, especially the smaller birds like finches.  The Brome feeders have feeding ports in which the birds, while standing on the feeder’s perches, poke their beaks in feed to their heart’s content.  When a squirrel jumps on, or stands on the perch, the feeding base of the feeder slides down and a sleeve in the feeder covers the feeding ports.  The squirrel gets frustrated as he cannot get any seed and learns just to be content with the seed on the ground. If you are worried that this will cause the squirrel to attempt to chew through the feeder the Brome Feeders have a 24 month warranty against squirrel damage!

Knowing how the Brome feeders work may be important in your choice.  Some larger birds, depending on their weight, e.g. Starlings and Crows, may also close the seed ports. Therefore, you may have to adjust the weight at which the port closing spring activates if you want to feed some of these larger birds, and possibly risk that at the same time you may enable squirrels.  Additionally, it is important that you hang a Brome feeder away from any branch or perch where the squirrel can use his hind legs to rest most of his weight, while using his front paws to raid the feeder.


If you would like to see the Brome Squirrel Buster feeders in action, and how they work, hey have a video HERE.


There are essentially four Brome Squirrel Proof Feeder models which you should consider if you are considering buying a squirrel proof feeder. If you want to go right to a listing of the BROME feeders you can click HERE. However, it is suggested you read the following as certain bird feeder features and the reviews may have an impact on your decision:

•1.       Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring

brome-1024_picnikAfter reading review after review, and article after article, I can make an honest statement without attempting to pitch this feeder:  This is perhaps the most highly reviewed squirrel proof bird feeder on the internet.  At the time of this writing, after 107 reviews on Amazon this feeder fetched a hefty 4 ½ of 5 stars.  Reviews include attesting to its ability to keep squirrels away and just simply “the best birdfeeder I have ever had.” 


Squirrel Buster Plus Bird Feeder with Removable Cardinal Ring This posigrip ring system has been specifically designed to attract cardinals. These perennial favorites have two very distinct features: small necks and big feet. They prefer gripping a thick textured perch and facing their food source directly. Cardinals dislike turning their heads to feed. The Squirrel Buster Plus Cardinal Ring perch system allows them to eat facing the seed while providing a secure and comfortable perch. These cardinal friendly feeding features combined with a bush level location make Squirrel Buster Plus very inviting to cardinals. The seed ports close automatically when a squirrel climbs onto the feeder. Birdwatch America’s Best New Product Award. Seed capacity: 3 quarts.

PRICE:  $58.00-70.00; Remember to buy from a respected and known merchant…CLICK HERE

 •2.       Brome 1055 Squirrel Buster Mini

squirrelbustermini_picnikCalled the Mini because of its smaller size this Squirrel Buster from Brome relies on the same squirrel proofing technology as all the other Brome feeders.  Because it is smaller, it is priced very economically, and is a good “starter” squirrel proof feeder.  It is guaranteed squirrel proof by Brome and if you try it and like it, then you may consider moving up to one of the larger models depending on your needs.  You will most likely save enough on seed that you will eventually upgrade.  Unfortunately, at the time of this writing there was only 1 review which gave this feeder a 4 of 5 possible stars. However, given the Brome name and reputation, and the very affordable price there is not a great risk in this purchase.


The Squirrel Buster Mini is guaranteed to be squirrel proof. Openings in the bottom of the metal mesh shroud are aligned with the seed tray and allow bird’s access to the seed. When a squirrel climbs onto the feeder, its weight automatically forces the shroud down, closing access to the seed tray. Squirrels are shut out but not harmed in any way. The negative grip tube is part of our patented technology. It prevents squirrels from grabbing the wire hanger with their hind legs, hanging down alongside the feeder, and defeating the closing mechanism. Both perching and clinging birds love this feeder.

 PRICE:  $20.00-26.00; Remember to buy from a respected and known merchant…CLICK HERE

 •3.       Brome 1015 Squirrel Buster Classic

brome-1015_picnikSlightly smaller than the Squirrel Buster Plus wild bird feeder it is just as impressive with its product reviews. Relying on the same squirrel buster technology this feeder is truly squirrel proof. At the time of this writing the Squirrel Buster Classic was given a reassuring 4 of 5 stars after 23 reviews, and may be the next best economical choice for your needs:


The patented Squirrel Buster technology is truly squirrel proof. Thousands of delighted bird lovers have confirmed it. The Squirrel Buster Classic has openings in the wire grid that align with the seed ports and provide bird’s access to the seed. When a squirrel climbs onto the feeder, its weight automatically forces the grid down, closing access to the seed ports. Squirrels and many large birds are foiled but not harmed in any way. Additionally, the Squirrel Buster Classic can be converted into a clinging feeder only, by removing the perches. The absence of perches will help deter large perching birds such as Grackles and Doves from using the feeder.

PRICE:  $33.00-38.00; Remember to buy from a respected and known merchant…CLICK HERE

 •4.       Brome 1016 Squirrel Buster Finch Feeder

brome-1016_picnikThis Brome Squirrel Buster feeder is specifically designed to be squirrel proof and also dispense the thistle/nyjer  seed attractive to smaller birds, especially finches. It can essentially be thought of as a finch feeder and a squirrel proof feeder.   The manufacturer’s description states “The end of Finch feeders demolished by squirrels is here!” This may be considered a sales pitch; however, Brome stands behind it because they guarantee the feeder to be squirrel proof. This is especially important in feeding the finches and smaller birds as the thistle/nyjer seed is quite expensive! There is not much to base any review of this product at the time of this writing as there is only one review giving this feeder a 5 of 5 stars.


The end of Finch feeders demolished by squirrels is here! The Squirrel Buster Finch Feeder is a 1.4 quart birdfeeder designed especially for nyjer seed, the seed of choice for finches. This feeder is guaranteed squirrel proof, has 4 clinging ports and 4 perching.

 PRICE:  $39.99-43.00; Remember to buy from a respected and known merchant…CLICK HERE