Perky-Pet® Fortress® The Bird Shelter Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Several innovations make this a superior feeder among squirrel proof birdfeeders: birds keep dry, squirrels keep off, and birdwatchers keep enjoying their feathered friends!
Our Perky-Pet® Fortress® The Bird Shelter Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder features 4 feeding ports, a 3.5 lb. seed capacity and an easy-fill wide mouth top for each feeder. A unique, weight-activated seed protection system stops squirrels from eating the seed. A clear plastic cover protects birds as they eat! This handy two-pack will give you two times the viewing pleasure.
One of our squirrel proof birdfeeders, this model has a heavy-duty metal cap and ‘chew-proof’ metal perch. The clear plastic reservoir makes it easy to monitor seed levels. These innovations make for one of the most economical and convenient squirrel proof birdfeeders on the market! Hang mount.
Remember to clean your squirrel proof birdfeeders at least twice a week with a mild soap and water solution.
Perky-Pet® is the leading supplier of Wild Bird Feeders and Accessories. Perky-Pet® Wild Bird Feeder models lure the bird in pursuit of seed—providing you with hours of joy as random wild birds flock to feed at your house.
Perky-Pet® Fortress® The Bird Shelter Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder - 2 Pack - Specifications
- Easy fill, heavy-duty metallic cap with wide mouth top
- Chew-proof metal perches
- Clear plastic cover protects birds as they feed
What's in the Box:
- 2 Wild bird feeders
- 3.5 lb. seed capacity, each feeder
- 4 feeding ports, each feeder
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review RateThe BEST!
This is the only feeder that I've ever purchased that the squirrels couldn't breach or destroy. They did manage to bend the lower metal ring that serves as the perch slightly, but it hasn't affected the utility of the feeder at all. The only suggestion I could make to Perky Pet would be to redesign the lid as a screw-on rather than a twist-catch. I have several of these feeders and the catch fails fairly quickly as the squirrels try to yank on it. I end up having to use tape to secure the lid, but it's still the best feeder I've found for feeding the birds and NOT the squirrels!
Review RateNeeds a Redesign
For over a week, the birds in our yard seemed to prefer our other, more accessible, feeders. However, after cutting notches in the plastic over the Fortress feeding slots, several birds - of different sizes - were seen to be feeding at the same time. And, oddly enough, a smaller bird was sharing the same feeding slot as a larger bird.Response From WoodstreambrandsPatty : Consumer Relations Representative
We appreciate the time taken to provide this feedback and apologize for the experience.
Birds are creatures of habit and can take some time to adjust to a new feeder. To aid in this transition, we recommend temporarily taking down any other established feeders. Placing a shiny pie pan with a handful of seed on the ground under the feeder may also help attract them to a feeder.
Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) with any additional questions.
Review RateBirds prefer other feeders
Unfortunately, my experience is like many others - in that, even though my Fortress was installed more than a week ago, no birds are using it. Occasionally, a bird will sit on a branch above the Fortress feeder. But, the bird will eventually choose to use one of our other feeders - which are being used regularly by a wide variety of birds.Response From WoodstreambrandsPatty : Consumer Relations Representative
We are sorry to hear about this experience and are happy to provide assistance.
Birds are creatures of habit and can take some time to become accustomed to a new feeder in the area. To aid in the transition, we recommend temporarily removing established feeders.
Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) for additional assistance.
Review RateBeat the squirrels!I ordered this birdfeeder a couple of weeks ago, as a replacement for one I had for several years. I had purchased the first one at a local hardware store but could not get it this year - don't know why. It is a terrific feeder and is the ONLY one I have found for which the squirrels cannot get the seed!!!
Review RateNO BIRDSNot one bird. Plastic cover they don't like. Good idea if it worked. NOT!
Review RateNo birds ???????Looks and made great, problem......... No birds?????? Only dust landed on this feeder, never a bird, plastic shroud too low....Response From WoodstreambrandsLauren : Consumer Relations RepresentativeThank you for sharing this experience. Birds can be very picky eaters and may take some time to become accustomed to a new feeder in their environment. To encourage the birds to try the feeder, we recommend removing established feeders in the area. Also, placing a shiny pie pan filled with seed under the feeder will help attract birds to the area.
Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) with any additional questions.
Review RateLooks good in catalogue photo.After filling feeder with seed I hung it up. The plastic bin slipped from the cover, fell to the floor and broke, irreparably. I can't legitimately rate with a single star.Response From WoodstreambrandsSusan : Consumer Relations RepresentativeHello Wally,
We are sorry to learn that this feeder was damaged and appreciate the time taken to share these valuable comments.
All of our Perky-Pet® feeders are covered by a one year warranty. Our Consumer Relations Team can be reached at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973), please feel free to contact us for assistance.
Review RateBetter than most, by farI have spent too much and thrown away too many squirrel-proof feeders. They are not squirrel-proof at all. This feeder, while only accommodating smaller birds, seems to truly discourage the rodents. I'm so glad they are still available. One came down in a wind storm recently and I find I can't do without them to supplement my array of feeders. And while it takes the birds time to get the hang of the feeder, mine have a devoted following finches, juncos, and chickadees.
Review RateDisappointed!I have had this feeder out for 3 or 4 weeks and have yet to see birds feed from it. Used several kinds of seed and still no birds. No squirrels as claimed;but,also no birds. Really disappointed!Response From WoodstreambrandsSusan : Consumer Relations RepresentativeWe apologize that the birds have not yet found the new feeder. Birds are creatures of habit and can take several weeks to adjust to a new feeder. To help aid in this transition, we recommend removing any other established feeders from the area until the new addition is being used regularly. Placing a shiny pie pan with seed in it under the feeder will also help attract the birds.
We hope this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) with any additional questions.
Review RateNice size!Perfect size for my smaller birds to enjoy.
Wild Bird Feeders - Expert Tips
Hanging Your Feeder
Ideally a sheltered southeastern exposure location is best for hanging bird feeders since birds like to feed in the sun and out of the wind. Birds also prefer not to have any obstructions over their feeding area so they can see any predators.
Bird Baths - A clean and reliable water source is an excellent way to attract birds to your yard, especially those birds that do not necessarily eat seed or nectar. All birds will seek out a water supply, not only for drinking but also for keep themselves clean and healthy.
Bird Houses - These are a good way to attract those species of birds that nest in holes. These structures should be made of an untreated wood (pine, cedar, etc.) and should have ventilation and drainage holes. It should be durable, and easy to check and clean.
Keeping your feeder clean and full of fresh bird seed is very important to the health of visiting birds. It is recommended that you clean your wild bird feeder every two weeks.
Wild Bird Feeders - FAQs
Protecting Birds FAQs
Q: What can I do about the cat that keeps visiting my feeder?
A: If it is your neighbor's precious Fluffy, you may want to suggest that they tie a bell around the cat's neck to alert the birds when the cat is near.
Q: How do I discourage squirrels and raccoons?
A: Here are a few simple and effective suggestions for keeping the squirrels and raccoons off your feeder.
Bird Seed FAQs
Q: What are the most popular bird seeds to use?
A: Black Oil Sunflower Seed is the most popular bird seed. It is much smaller than the traditional sunflower seed. It is best for those birds with smaller bills, such as the sparrow, junco and goldfinch.
Q: How do I prevent seeds from sprouting under my feeder?
A: You will need to sterilize your seed to prevent it from germinating. This will not alter the attractiveness or the nutritional value of the seed in any way
Q: Birds at my feeder look sick, what should I do?
A: The best thing to do is to stop feeding the birds temporarily. Remove the feeders and throw out all of the seed. Thoroughly wash your feeders as suggested in Tips for a clean feeding station
Q: How do I clean my bird feeders?
A: Before filling your feeder with fresh seed, it is recommended that the following precautions are taken:
- Remove all old seed.
- Soak feeder in water.
- Scrub feeder and allow to air dry.
Feeder Types FAQs
Q: I own the Window Feeder. Lately it won't stick to the window. What can I do?
A: The first suggestion is to slightly moisten the cups. If you have already tried moistening the suction cups, we have a few other tips.
Q: Will I find only finches at my finch feeder?
A: No. Pine Siskins, Redpolls, Mourning Doves, Juncos, Towhees, and Cowbirds are all attracted to thistle seed.