30 Helens Agree, Birds Prefer U-Shaped Perches: A Perky-Pet 363 Birds and Berries Lantern Feeder Review
Sep 16, 2012
The bird feeder I bought in 2009 is rusting and looks terrible. Plus, rainwater collects in the base which sours and ferments the contained bird seed. While it looked nice out of the box, the old bird feeder was problematic and failed to live up to my expectations. When I saw the Perky-Pet birds and berries lantern feeder offered, I jumped at a chance for anything better.
The Perky-Pet birds and berries lantern feeder, made in China, is largely constructed of powder coated metal in a traditional four-sided lantern style. Each side includes a transparent scratch resistant plastic panel with a screen printed bird and berries design, and a small U shaped perch. The center of the base is raised with drain holes at the lower corners which keeps rain exposure to a minimum and allows the seed to move towards the small access openings. A short metal cable runs through the center of the feeder, allowing the top to stay securely in place. Adding seed requires pressing a button to release the tension and allow the lid to slide up the cable. Fill with seed and press the button again to secure the top back into place.
While the screen printed design is okay, I would prefer it be less noticeable or not even there. This is a style preference, and I can see where others would prefer the screen print as is. However, to me it's a distraction. Otherwise, the construction and look of this lantern style bird feeder is pleasing.
It has rained a couple times since I put the bird feeder out, although we haven't had a downpour or major storm yet. So far, the contained seed has stayed dry and remained usable. It appears the design of the Perky-Pet bird feeder protects the contents much better.
I've yet to see a squirrel get into the food, nor have I seen a bird eat any either. The branch I hung the old feeder on has been removed, so the Perky-Pet bird feeder is in a new location. It took awhile for the birds to find the older bird feeder, and I figure it's the same scenario with this one.
The Perky-Pet lantern style bird feeder is a huge improvement over the older bird feeder I bought. Only time will tell if this bird feeder will stand up to the weather. If you're looking for an attractive bird feeder to feed birds and not squirrels with, then the Perky-Pet birds and berries lantern feeder is worthy of consideration.
PROS: Traditional lantern design U shaped perches Holds up to 5-pounds of seed Sure-Lock cap system keeps squirrels out
Feeding the birds and *not* feeding the squirrels is always a challenge, so I decided to put the Perky-Pet 363 Birds and Berries Lantern Feeder from the Amazon Vine review program through the test. I'm happy to say that it passed with flying colors. The design of the feeder makes it quick and easy to load seed of any size. The locking mechanism has (so far) stood up against the attacks of the tree rats, so that's a good sign. The perch size seems to attract the smaller … more
Birds will flock to this stylish bird feeder, with its U-shaped perches that they prefer. The Perky-Pet Bird and Berries Lantern Feeder features a detailed screen printed design of birds and berries on all four sides of this feeder! This lantern bird feeder holds up to 5-pound. of seed, has 4 feeding stations, bird-preferred U-shaped perches and a black powder coat finish. It utilizes the Sure-Lock cap system which keeps squirrels out yet allows birds to feed. The transparent seed compartment makes it easy for youto monitor seed levels and keep your bird feeder clean. Remember to clean your bird feeder once every two weeks with mild soap and water solution.