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369 of 377 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2006
I'm still hunting for the perfect feeder. This feeder meets most of my requirements:
1. Reservoir must be glass, not plastic. Plastic reservoirs get cloudy, always look dirty and seem to breed mold and mildew. Glass is easier to clean - just wash with soapy water. Every couple of times I wash it, I add a couple of drops of bleach to the soapy water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water. I've never had a problem with mold buildup in the corners.
2. Must have a perch for the hummers -they prefer it that way.
3. Must have a decent size reservoir to eliminate the need to fill twice daily. When hummers are not quite as active don't fill this one up all the way. Sometimes it should just be filled 1/4 of the way. Ideally this feeder would have a bottle that is slightly smaller. Perhaps a 24 ounce size bottle that is a bit narrower might be better. But then it might heat up more in the sun and begin the habit of growing mold and mildew. This bottle is highly resistant to mold and mildew if cleaned at least once a week.
4. Must be an inverter type to easily see the food level and to hold an adequate amount of food without the need to refill more than every two or three days.
5. Base must be easy to clean without crevices that you can't get to. This is the area where this feeder fails horribly. You cannot disassemble the base and all you can do is wash and rinse.
6. Design of the feeder should not allow Yellow jackets access to the food. Although they may smell it and try to get to it, they can't with this feeder - they quickly give up and leave the food for the hummers. The liquid level in the base is too far from the feeding ports for the yellow jackets to reach. The other Perky Pet feeder that I have (the 24 oz with the hourglass shape) is too shallow and the yellow jackets take over the feeder in the late summer months. This feeder is a much better design.
7. The plastic base should be of a high quality non-porous plastic. This feeder meets this requirement.
8. The ports should not be some silly design to look like a flower. This one barely meets this requirement. At least the plastic flowers are flush with the base instead of sticking up like some of the really cheap feeders.
9. Ideally the glass bottle should be easily replaceable. This feeder does not meet this requirement. What I would really like to see is a design where you can use a standard mason jar and the feeder would have some type of easily cleanable adapter. Or how about using a standard 1 quart vinegar bottle? I saw one like this once, but wasn't sure if the feeder met my yellow jacket requirements.
Happy hunting for your perfect feeder!
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
We appreciate the time you have taken to share your feedback and are glad to hear that this feeder fits many the items on your list. While the base cannot be disassembled, adding a small handful of uncooked rice along with some water and shaking the feeder well should clean any hard to reach nooks and crannies.

Our Consumer Relations Team is available six days a week at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973). We encourage our Consumers to contact us with questions regarding this or any of our feeders.

Best Regards,

Susan
Consumer Relations Representative
Woodstream Corporation
Perky-Pet®
134 of 136 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2008
A great feeder. Never any problems. It's not hard to keep clean unless you let the mixture go rancid. Buy bottle brushes when you get this or you'll struggle to clean it, if the mixture goes bad. Our birds will go through this in 1 week!
This is just a couple minutes of video. They'll allow me to stand about a foot away from the feeder and still drink. It's great for pictures. These little guys are really aggressive (Rufous) and one sounds like a tiny version of the Jetson's spaceship. You can hear these guys all day. If you like peace and quiet, don't get a feeder if you live in Colorado and have these guys around. All day the kids, 4 and 6, are getting their books out to read about the birds. Go to hummingbirds dot net to find out about proper cleaning and mixture. What's real funny is watching all the "regular birds" trying to get something from this like the hummers. They're all learning to hover real well.
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109 of 115 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2000
I have three of these feeders on my front porch now and am thinking of purchasing three more because they seem to be my hummingbirds' favorite feeders. During the months of August and September each year we have between 70 and 100 hummingbirds at one time coming to 15 different types of feeders hanging on our front porch. The Perky Pet 209 30-oz. feeders always seem to be the ones the birds go for first. I also like them because they are large but easy to handle when filling and easy to clean. Other advantages: glass instead of plastic seems to keep the sugar water fresher longer; bee guards are built in and don't fall out; circular perch stays put and doesn't require adjustment. I've tried all kinds of hummingbird feeders and I think this one is the best.
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165 of 196 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 15, 2006
Over the last eleven years I have purchased this item on three different occasions. Nonetheless, I will not buy it this time. Though the feeder's capacity it excellent, cleaning it is absolutely impossible.

As hummingbird enthusiasts know, these creatures are exceptionally sensitive to chemicals. Not only shouldn't you clean these feeders with ANY kind of dish-soap, but you CANNOT clean them with bleach. This can potentially kill the birds. Likewise, hummingbirds are sensitive to mold. Here's the catch-22!! Unfortunately, as noted by other reviewers, this feeder's reservoir does not disassemble, and cleaning this feeder properly is exceptionally difficult, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

One reviewer wrote to use grains of rice to clean this feeder. This is a brilliant idea . . . and if you buy this feeder, try that!! But, please, don't use bleach.

As for me, I cannot stand another year of cleaning this demonic "thing." So, off to the hummzinger dish . . . which is not as attractive, but it is safer (simply because I cannot invest the time in cleaning this!!)
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
To clean those nooks and crannies of your feeders, we recommend the following method. Add a handful of uncooked rice and some water to the feeder. When the feeder is shaken vigorously, the rice will reach the hard to reach places and ensure that the feeder is ready for the next round of birds.

At Perky-Pet® we strive to provide our consumers with items that will be easy to use, and we apologize that this feeder did not live up to that standard for you. We have a wide variety of feeders available and encourage anyone with any questions to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973).

Best Regards,

Susan
Consumer Relations Representative
Woodstream Corporation
Perky-Pet®
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2007
This is the best hummingbird feeder if you have lots of hummers. That's because of the high capacity. Also, I absolutely disagree that you cannot or should not use bleach to clean a hummingbird feeder. Actually that's the way to go. Been doing it for 10 years, and never lost any hummers. You just have to be careful to not use too strong a solution, and rinse it well and let it dry before using. [...]
With such a high capacity, and six stations, this feeder is the best. Just be SURE to mount securely, as it WILL break if it falls on a hard surface (remember that high winds can take it down)!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2009
First off, when I opened the box I noticed it had a very heavy glass bottle type dispenser. If you want this for a patio made of concert or stone you are going to be asking for a mess of broken glass to clean up when it falls. Yes it is goning to fall because of the design of the top cap. The top cap is a NOT a screw on. It just snaps into place. The cheap plastic hanger is just a coated wire that doesn't hook to anything under the cap itself. It just sits there under the cheap plastic cap. One strong wind gust and it is a goner.
Then there is as in the other reviews about the cleaning. Yes, it will almost impossible to clean inside the bottle, but I will not have to worry about that since mine hit the deck after just 5 days.
Since I see so many good reviews about this item, I wander if the manufactor has changed the product since they were written. Here is a list of why not to buy this item.
1) 30 ounce HEAVY GLASS Bottle.
2) Cheap Design of a electrical wire hanger
3) A Lite Weight Plastic Top Cap with not enough strength to hold the 30 Onces of nectar, let alone the Heavy Glass Bottle.
4) Bottle Design makes cleaning next to impossible.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2006
I've had this feeder for years and years and have fed many zillions of hummingbirds with it. It doesn't leak, it holds a lot of nectar and as long as you don't lose the yellow flowers for the base bees and ants don't get in (if you lose them you can buy them seperately and replace them) But I'm about to replace this feeder. It is just too much of a pain to clean.

The reservoir is very large and made of glass, which is good. But the opening is very small. Its especially a problem if you forget to keep the nectar topped off and mold grows inside -- be prepared to scrub it out with a long handled bottle brush, and then rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse. Rinse some more.

The base is even worse. It is full of edges and crevices and the only opening is through very narrow openings in the top. It does not dissassemble. How many wasted hours have I spent trying to get the base clean? I've had enough. I'm getting a humzinger dish-type feeder.
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The manufacturer commented on this review (What's this?)
While we are glad that this feeder has been so popular with your local hummingbirds over the years, we are sorry to hear that it has been difficult to clean. We strive to provide feeders that will be easy to use and we apologize that this has not been your experience.

At Perky-Pet® we have a large variety of feeders. We encourage our consumers to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) to allow us to find a feeder that will work well for your specific situation.

Best Regards,

Susan
Consumer Relations Representative
Woodstream Corporation
Perky-Pet®
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
Received the one I bought two days ago. But it has a design flaw. I wanted to use it by hanging it and did so. The problem is as long as it is perfectly flat as pictured every thing is OK. But the second it is slightly tilted (as when a breeze come through or a bird uses it) all the "nector" runs out and you have a mess on the ground or floor. Been using hummer feeders for years and this is the first one with this flaw. I beleive the flaw is the feeding holes are too big and any tilting outof perpendular breaks the surface tension and all the fluid runs out. Mine is now going in the trash. Barry
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2008
(This is Frank's wife writing. He isn't in to dealing with hummingbird feeders. He just likes watching the birds.)
I'm not sure how well this hummingbird feeder actually works as I never tried it. As soon as I opened the box and found that the bottle for holding the food had a neck of less than an inch in diameter along with "square shoulders", I realized that I would never be able to clean it thoroughly. (Had I been able to see a picture of the individual parts of the feeder, I would have realized it wasn't for me and not ordered it.) I have hummingbird feeders that are truly easy to clean. However, they hold only 2 cups of food and at peak season out here on Whidbey Island (Washington state), I was having to refill/top off my four feeders twice a day. So, the larger capacity of the Perky feeder appealed to me. Nevertheless, the ability to clean my feeders properly is more important to me than the convenience of not having to tend to them so frequently, so I returned the feeders to Amazon unused.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2009
I purchased two more of these feeders because the hummingbirds emptied the 8 oz feeders (which I prefer because of ease of cleaning) with in 4 to 6 hours. The last two Perky Pet 209 feeders were useless, the top didn't fit, the tops had to be forced on and now won't come off. The tops would not screw on as they should, and of course won't screw off now. I would have returned them but I made the mistake of shredding the invoice.

As mentioned by someone else in another review, the bottom feeder portion is impossible to clean. I take them apart every night now and rinse out the top with hot water and leave it soaking in clean water all night. I am not sure how long this will keep mold away though. I have purchased two types of brushes for cleaning feeders and they are both useless too. Don't waste your money on the perky pet mop, or the other brushes Amazon sells that come in a set of three different sizes.
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