What We Like
Squirrel-proof as advertised
Attracts lots of small birds
Funnel makes filling easy
Looks nice in the yard
What We Don't Like
Won’t bring in larger birds
Easy to waste seed
Pricier than other feeders
Brome Bird Care, a Canadian brand, specializes in tackling one of the most common and frustrating problems facing backyard bird feeders: keeping squirrels away. To see if the Brome SquirrelSolution 200 Bird Feeder delivers on its name, we put the product to the test, hanging it outside our Colorado home in early spring when squirrels are super active. Could it keep critters from stealing seed while also attracting lots of birds to our yard? Read on for the results of our review.
Setup: Tool-free setup and easy hanging
The Brome SquirrelSolution 200 Bird Feeder was more or less ready to go when we bought it. The main task was removing stickers, plastic, and some basic cardboard packaging.
The SquirrelSolution 200 doesn’t come with any hanging hardware, so you’ll need to find a tree branch, stand, or some kind of hardware.
The first thing we noticed about the Brome SquirrelSolution 200 was how quickly birds were drawn to it.
The loop on the end of the hanging wire is large enough to fit over even fairly large branches or posts. We hung ours from a level tree branch that was free of side branches and fairly long to keep the feeder away from the tree; Brome recommends hanging the feeder at least 18 inches from any structures, lest squirrels learn to lean in and sidestep the squirrel-proofing mechanism.
Because it’s somewhat spill-prone, we waited to fill the feeder until after hanging. The included plastic funnel made loading seed into the tube easy; simply slide the funnel into the top. However, we did experience some spillage, so make sure you do your filling somewhere you don’t mind stray seed.
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Design: Heavy-duty yet pleasant
The Brome SquirrelSolution 200 looks a bit garish at first given its somewhat loud packaging, including lots of red and yellow stickers all declaring the product’s very firm anti-squirrel stance.
Luckily, once we stripped away the packaging, we found the SquirrelSolution 200 isn’t unattractive—and it’s almost entirely free of branding and text. The inner tube is made of UV-treated durable plastic. Inside, yellow plastic hardware permits the squirrel lock-out action, but it’s not visible when loaded with seed.
We were pleased that the SquirrelSolution 200’s focus on pest prevention didn’t prevent the feeder from looking nice in our yard.
The dark green, powder-coated metal shroud is the key to the squirrel-proof design. Leaves surrounding the feeder aren’t just decorative; they also serve as covers for the seed ports when the cage is weighted down by squirrels or very large birds.
The SquirrelSolution 200 feels heavy-duty to us, as if it would be unfazed if blown off its hook in a storm and tossed to the ground. If it does have problems, the product description emphasizes Brome’s “Lifetime Care” support: “Just give us a call, and we’ll send you a replacement part,” the website says.
Overall, we were pleased that the SquirrelSolution 200’s focus on pest prevention didn’t prevent the feeder from looking nice in our yard.
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Performance: Works as advertised
Despite the emphasis on squirrel deterrence, the first thing we noticed about the Brome SquirrelSolution 200 was how quickly birds were drawn to it. While larger jays were in the area during testing, we didn’t see them trying to feed. With its small perches and holes, it seems specifically designed for smaller finches and chickadee-type birds.
As for rebuffing squirrels? We can confirm that the SquirrelSolution battled valiantly and won. The very active, early spring squirrels were sometimes able to climb out onto the feeder but, as designed, their body weight pulled the metal frame down, blocking the holes and preventing feeding.
With its small perches and holes, it seems designed specifically for smaller finches and chickadee-type birds.
However, spillage from the holes and bottom of the feeder did occasionally draw squirrels to the area below the feeder. We felt that this waste could have been avoided with some minor design tweaks.
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Price: A small premium for industry-leading squirrel deterrence
The Brome SquirrelSolution 200 costs around $50. That may seem high for a bird feeder, but if you’ve battled the squirrels with other cheaper feeders and lost, it feels like a bargain. The feeder delivers pest prevention without sacrificing aesthetics. With that said, the additional hanging hardware required does start to add up.
Brome SquirrelSolution 200 Bird Feeder vs. Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder
The Droll Yankees Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder also promises squirrel-free feeding, but it features a much different mechanism: a battery-powered motor that spins the feeding ring when triggered by a squirrel’s weight.
If you’ve battled the squirrels with other cheaper feeders and lost, this price feels like a bargain.
The other big difference is the price, with the Droll feeder costing more than twice as much. For our money, we’d rather buy two SquirrelSolution feeders.
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- Product Name SquirrelSolution 200 Bird Feeder
- Product Brand Brome Bird Care
- SKU 2004-V03
- Price $51.24
- Product Dimensions 20 x 4 in.
- Seed capacity 3 quarts
- Warranty Lifetime care