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Best-1 is not the best hummingbird feeder
on September 2, 2013
I was very happy to order 2 of these Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders as they seemed like copies of a much more expensive feeder that I own, use and enjoy.
I became aware that some people have reported that they have observed hummingbirds getting their beaks trapped in the Best-1 Hummingbird feeder and struggling or even dying from the ordeal. I read that there was an improvement by the addition of a second perching ring to offer the birds a footing so that they didn't get stuck between the outer perch and the main reservoir body while trying to dislodge their beaks from the feeder. I even saw photos of dead birds stuck in the feeder but the photos were accompanied by an explanation that the second ring solved the problem.
Upon arrival of the item I quickly noticed that a small difference between the design that Best-1 has copied and the original design has created a circumstance where the birds need to stick their beaks much further into the reservoir to get at the liquid.
I am aware of the fact that hummingbirds have long tongues and reach deeply into flowers but it is easy to see why the birds that have difficulty are getting stuck.
The thread mechanism that the bottle is attached to is embedded into the structure of the reservoir rather than sitting on top the way the original design is implemented. The ports where the liquid comes out of the bottle and into the tray are further below the top surface of the feeder. In other words, the birds have to reach in further to contact the liquid.
A second design characteristic is that the plastic is reinforced at the tiny feeding holes with extra material and the end result is that the birds have to maintain a more precise angle of entry to access the liquid food.
The need to maintain a steeper angle combined with the need to reach further into the container seems like the result of bad design.
I find it regrettable that the designers of the Best-1 Hummingbird Feeder have made these design decisions as they seem like oversights that results in reduced functionality. It seems to me that the issues I am citing should have been obvious to the designers as I made my observations moments after receiving and looking at my examples.
I am glad that Amazon is so gracious with accepting returns as I am sending my 2 new Best-1 Hummingbird Feeders back and buying a couple more made by the original designer. They cost more than twice as much but the enjoyment of watching hummingbirds seems worth it.