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Perky-Pet® Patented Upside Down® Thistle Feeder, Model 399
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Perky-Pet® Patented Upside Down® Thistle Feeder

model #: 399
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Feeding wild birds. Goldfinches can feed upside down though other birds cannot, so this feeder is ideal for them. Holds thistle seed or finch mix. read full product details »  

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  Amazon Review, Goldfinch magnet 

Gold finches love it and they are fun to watch. I have two feeders and probably will get another shortly.

  Amazon Review 

"Upside Down" feeders are used by gold finches. Other finches do not use the feeder because they don't like to hang upside down. This saves on that expensive Niger seed. Standard finch feeders will attract all finches, and that can get expensive (feed). Our other finches will use standard seed feeders, though they would love to get to the Niger seed :-)

  Amazon Review, Great price 

This thistle feeder is offered at a remarkably fine price. It went together and filled easily and hangs now awaiting a flock of gold finches. It is such fun to watch them turn from the bright gold of their summer plumage to the tans of winter then back again come spring. The upside down feeding is also a marvel; and it is necessary where house finches also feed. Their boisterous numbers will commandeer any thistle feeder that allows them to feed normally. Upside down feeding is not one of their talents, which clears the way for the goldfinches. (House finches do perfectly well at the regular bird feeder.)

  Amazon Review 

Feeder is a great feeder. Well worth the price. Works better than more expensive choices. I would recommend it to anyone.

  Amazon Review, Finches love it 

The goldfinches love it. We tried other metal feeders but the goldfinches aren't as attracted to it or ready to feed from it. The yellow cap helps a lot. I tried painting the other feeders but it still didn't work. The only other bird that can eat upside down from this feeder is the chickadee. None of the other birds can fit on the short posts. Sometimes the bottom will fall out if not careful, put a zip tie around it and haven't had any more issues.

  Amazon Review, Perfect 10/10 

I sold these for years. I also keep one in my back yard all the time. Recently I could not get them so I checked out amazon and there these were. These seem to be fairly priced so I went for it. Finch Birds prefer these feeders over any other finch feeders because finch like to eat upside down. Plus other birds don't like this feeder.

  Amazon Review, Great item 

This was a purchase for my parents, they feed Gold Finches all Spring and Summer at their home. this feeder keeps all other birds from eating the seeds.

  Amazon Review, Best Goldfinch feeder 

We have 3 of these, and our finches love them! The sparrows (even tho they try) can not grip upside down to get to the holes where the thistle comes out (and thank goodness ours haven't "evolved" to the point where they can). Not one squirrel has ever messed with them (I do only use thistle). They have lasted for literally years, and I just couldn't ask for a better Goldfinch feeder.
As for reading one review that said something about the plastic falling out of the bottom, I only had this happen once when the feeder was NOT filled and it popped right back in. I've never had it happen with a full or partially full feeder.


I love this feeder and have used it for years BUT...the squirrels are eating the perches! Wish they were made of sturdier stuff.

Perky-Pet Consumer Relations Team


NOVEMBER 29, 2010

The Birdscapes® Patented Upside Down® Thistle Feeder (model #399) is designed to attract and feed goldfinches. Unfortunately as you have witnessed, unwanted squirrels are also attracted to the seed in your feeder. We find one of the best ways to prevent this is by adding a squirrel baffler. The Perky Pet® Transparent Squirrel Baffler (model #: 340) can be hung or pole mounted, blocking squirrels from gaining access to your feeder.


We are sorry to hear of your experience. Please keep in mind your feeder is covered by a one year warranty. Beyond that, parts such as The Perky-Pet® Perch (model #: 185620) are available for purchase.


We hope you have found this information to be helpful. Please provide your telephone number so we can discuss this issue at your convenience or feel free to contact us at the following:


Phone: 1-800-800-1819, opt 1

Email: consumercare@woodstream.com

Consumer Relations Representative
Woodstream Corporation


  wish bird feeder was bulit stronger 

not strong at all

Perky-Pet Consumer Relations Team


MAY 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing your feedback for the Perky-Pet® Squirrel-Be-Gone II Home Style Wild Bird Feeder (model 339). 


We are very sorry that you have had problems with your feeder. We are working on making more replacement parts available for our feeder. Your request for replacement parts availability for this feeder has been shared with our product management team. Your feeder is covered under a one year warranty. 


Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-PERKYPET (1-855-737-5973) so we can assist you further.

Consumer Relations Representative
Woodstream Corporation




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