Reviewer: J. Learmann
Now that this tri-level feeder has metal ports, it works very well. Seed is always available at the different levels, and many birds can feed at the same time. The squirrels may raid it, but they can't chew out the ports.
I agree with the 4 other reviews. The feeder holds enough seed that I don't have to fill it several times a day like my tube feeders, especially when the weather is bad and the birds aren't able to scratch on the ground due to snow cover. All perches are always filled with as many birds waiting to land. I can't say it is my most popular feeder since all perches on all feeders are always full with birds waiting in line to land.
I don't have a squirrel problem but since I completely disassemble and hand wash all the parts every spring before I put the feeder away for the summer I like the idea of as many metal parts as possible. Even hand tightening the perches can crack the plastic after a few cleanings.
A couple of recommendations:
1. I have replaced most of the attachment nuts with wing nuts to make dis- and re-assembly easier (no tools required). I find it heasier to "hand tighten" with wing nuts. With a bit of arthritis in my hands you might consider this for us older folks.
2. The two plastic halves tend to separate, not enough that seed leaks but enough that it seems less structurally sound. I wrap a piece of electrical tape around the top and bottom to keep the pins on each half properly engaged in the mating hole on the other half. I do this before I load it with seed.
3. The green sleeves on the perches tend to work their ways of during use. I assume that they are there so the birds' feet don't freeze to cold metal when perched although they don't seem to even when the temp is 25 below zero.
4. The diameter of the cylinders that allow the seeds to fill the lower levels could be a little larger. With black oil sunflower seeds I find that I have to shake the feeder continuously or poke the seed down the tubes when filling.
Overall it's my favorite feeder from the point of view of ease of cleaning, fairly even feeding and ability to hold a large quantity of seed.
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RESPONSE FROM PERKY-PET
JULY 06, 2012
Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback regarding the Birdscapes® Deluxe Grandview Feeder (model 111MA). We are glad to hear that this feeder is a favorite and that the birds have been able to enjoy the feeder as well. Your suggestions regarding this feeder have been shared with our Product Development Team.
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