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As long as there have been test tube hummingbird feeders, the most commonly question asked is; “Should I use glass or plastic test tubes?” Is there a difference in attracting hummingbirds? Does one material last longer than the other and is one easier to clean?

The most obviously difference in test tube hummingbird feeders is that glass will break easier than plastic. If you drop a glass test tube versus a plastic tube, it will probably shatter. However, a plastic tube scratches very easily. Under normal outside elements such as sun and rain, a plastic tube will turn a dingy yellow, whereas glass test tubes are more resilient to weather conditions.

Cleaning the two different tubes can also pose a challenge. The sugar/water hummingbird nectar solution turns rapidly into a sticky, molasses-type composite. Removing this sticky nectar is more difficult with plastic test tubes than glass. Many people use specifically designed brushes or pipe cleaners in order to get inside test tubes to clean them. These same brushes with stiff bristles are needed to get to the bottom of the test tube hummingbird feeders but tend to scratch the softer, plastic test tubes. Glass tubes are clinically developed products that can withstand the constant cleaning necessary for all hummingbird feeders.

Even the red caps on the ends of test tube hummingbird feeders must be taken into consideration when purchasing your gifts. Red caps that fit inside the rim of test tubes are easily to install, but harder to remove than red caps that are designed to go on the outside of the test tube ends. After the nectar solution grips onto the inside surface of test tube hummingbird feeders, it also forms a glue-like bonding on the red caps. If you purchase only the red caps that fit on the outside of the test tubes, you do not have that sticky, bonding problem. Simply run warm water over any stubborn test tubes and the properly designed red caps come right off the test tube hummingbird feeders.

The most overlooked part of any test tube hummingbird feeder is the copper. Many crafters, or anyone wishing to make their own feeder, use the wrong thickness. Copper is extremely flexible which makes it prone to weaknesses in weather conditions. If you use the thinner copper wire to hold the test tubes in place, you will discover your test tubes on the ground in a very short time frame.

Having served our customers for over two decades, we have sold the same line of high quality, test tube hummingbird feeders that have been featured in Birds N’ Bloom magazines for years. Our unique line can be used as strong plant hangars as well as hummingbird feeders. Most designs contain sparkling, red marble danglers beneath each test tube for superior hummingbird attractiveness. Suction cup window models are popular gift ideas. Be sure to visit http://www.wildbirddepot.com for proven test tube hummingbird feeders that withstand time and weather.

The Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder was designed with change in mind. For years, people have resorted to scaring squirrels off their feeders by banging pots, rapping on windows, using slingshots, water hoses and many other ineffective methods to keep critters from stealing birdseed. Each time, the squirrels come right back to annoy everyone. It’s frustrating because they simply wish to enjoy the peaceful pleasure of backyard bird feeding.

The most common designs for squirrel proof feeders involve wire cages to deny large animals or birds access to the inside birdseed chambers. Weight activated squirrel proof bird feeders use the critter’s own weight as the means of activating a mechanism that shuts down openings where birdseed is obtained. In each of these two popular methods, the offending squirrels will spend time on the feeders, trying gain access to the birdseed inside. As long as the squirrels are hanging and chewing on the feeders, the birds are kept away.

The main difference between the Squirrel Boss Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder and the designs of other squirrel proof bird feeders is the immediate action of the feeder. The Squirrel Boss provides an instant response to keeping squirrels off the feeder. You simply grab your remote control, aim it at the feeder and with a simple press of the button, the squirrel receives a mild, static, harmless shock. The remote control has a range of up to 200 feet. The voltage is not harmful to squirrels, in accordance with the N.F.P.A.(National Fire Protection Agency) National Electric Codes. You are simply teaching an animal to stay away from an object that contains birdseed.

The power to accomplish this stinging action is in the solar roof. The Squirrel Boss Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder incorporates new design features such as solar power with tempered glass and stainless steel feeding stations. These are all industry recommended materials for long lasting outdoor products.

Admittedly, solar products have had an inferior reputation. Many people have tried the latest solar products on the market. Solar fountains that last only one year. Solar lights for our walkways that last, at most, two years. The Squirrel Boss Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder company offers a lifetime warranty on the solar powered roof. The feeder tube also has a lifetime warranty for squirrel chewing.

If you do not have a sunny location for the solar roof to operate fully, you can still use this feeder. Every Squirrel Boss Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder comes with an A/C charger. The charge usually lasts about 10 days. A non-solar roof is provided so that you can use the feeder while the solar roof is charging.

All the latest technologies have been incorporated into this new squirrel proof bird feeder. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can listen to our exclusive radio interview with the inventor of the Squirrel Boss Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder. After you hear this, you’ll want to take control of your backyard like many other homeowners already have. Win the squirrel war! Visit http://www.wildbirddepot.com for more information about the Squirrel Boss Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder.

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 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 stress-free pleasure.