Perky-Pet Magnolia Hummingbird Feeder

Perky-Pet Magnolia Hummingbird Feeder

The Perky-Pet Magnolia Hummingbird Feeder looks, at first glance, like a great feeder. Similar to many modern hummingbird feeders on the market, it's plastic, so it's light-weight. It has perches for the hummingbirds to sit on.

However, we've been feeding hummingbirds for twenty years now, so we've tested a wide variety of feeders. When we put this feeder out, we put it into a spot which was getting a swarm of hummingbirds. We also put one of our normal, plastic hummingbird feeders near it.

The hummingbirds would examine this - but absolutely refuse to use it. They went to the other one.

We switched locations. Again, they refused to use this one. They'd try it out, try to stuff their beaks into the holes, and give up. They'd go back to the other one which was easier to use.

Finally we removed the other feeder so they were forced to use this one. They might sip for a second or two - and then they'd take off. Yes - they will GO to it. But they won't actively USE it as much as they use the other feeders.

We didn't have any problems with leakage. That normally happens if you don't fill and seal a feeder properly so the vacuum isn't formed. So it's not that leakage was a problem. It's that the tiny hole shape was one the hummingbirds disliked. Also, I think the "cute" leaves on the perches make it harder for them to land.

There are so many other awesome hummingbird feeders on the market that are lightweight, plastic, and that hummingbirds adore. I just don't see any reason to use this. We experimented with it for two solid months during prime hummingbird season. The hummingbirds voted with their wings. They wanted nothing to do with this one.

Normally we give away old feeders we aren't using any more, so friends can use them. This one, sadly, is going in the trash. I wouldn't want to subject anybody to the poor results this one gives, given how many great feeders are out there.

We purchased this feeder with our own funds.

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