[ tl; dnr ] - Made of steel with a (partial) copper-colored coating, not copper. - Inadequate drainage holes that become clogged by small seeds. - Inefficient lid shielding against rain, so seeds get wet in the tray. - Locking lid mechanism allows...
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- Made of steel with a (partial) copper-colored coating, not copper.
- Inadequate drainage holes that become clogged by small seeds.
- Inefficient lid shielding against rain, so seeds get wet in the tray.
- Locking lid mechanism allows rain to leak inside clumping seeds.
- Rust develops on coated and uncoated parts in less than ½ year.
- BPA risk upon handling its plastic body: Proposition 65 warning.
- 1-year warranty, but only if bought at their Perky-Pet webstore.
By June 2021 the above issues have not been corrected and remain a matter of concern.
This feeder is made in China by an unidentified manufacturer, and it is distributed by the Woodstream Corp. (a subsidiary of the Woodstream Group Inc.), holder of the Perky-Pet trademark. Woodstream also sells the feeder online through its websites in the US and Canada.
The name the company uses for the feeder in Amazon is misleading, and their claim at the top of this webpage saying the material is "copper" is false.
The feeder is not made of copper, but of *easily rusting* steel coated with a copper-colored finish (in some but not all its areas), which is why it does not develop a patina with time but rust. The misinformation has steadily appeared in this Amazon page during the past seven years, if not more, despite several modifications of the page. In assessing the intention(s) behind such deceitful practice, it is noteworthy that Woodstream amended the name to ''Copper Finish Panorama'' in its Web stores several years ago.
1. Drainage -- The food tray has 8 small holes in circular symmetry along its edge, which become easily clogged with the small seeds, such as white millet, of commercial bird food. This demands routine cleanings to avoid rain flooding the tray and clumping the seeds.
2. Clumpling & Leaks -- Mostly for long and strong rains, water leaks inside and wicks the seeds in the container, clumping them [Fig. A]. The seed clumping needs to be broken apart manually. This annoying problem, not present in our other feeders, arises from two design faults impacting rain protection :
(i) The more obvious fault is the insufficient coverage provided by the cap, whose diameter is only 1½ times larger than that of the tray, so it only protects the tray from rain if there were no wind. After verifying that a larger cover placed above the feeder reduced clumping of seeds in the tray, I attached a 16" clear plastic cover (see
) over the cap [Fig. B].
(ii) A less obvious fault, but a more egregious one, is the poor sealing around the hanging wire as it enters the cap locking mechanism, which is where rain water leaks into the plastic container and causes the upper axial clumping following rains. I fixed this design fault by pressing a ball of beeswax ball, about 0.5" in diameter, rolled by hand to warm it up until soft, on the wire entrance to the lock [Fig. C, arrow]. The wax seal does not impede lifting the cap for refilling the feeder; after closing the cap, the wax only needs to be pressed in place to seal again the wire''s conduit.
3. Marauders -- Neither doves nor medium or larger size corvids have managed to raid the feeder despite lots of attempts. In contrast, the distance between the perching ring to the bottom tray is rather suitable for smallish Mid-Atlantic birds [Fig. D]. Also, with the feeder hanging 8 feet above ground, and no nearby structures from which to jump, our squirrels have been unable to reach it so far despite their Machiavellian lusting looks at the feeder.
The feeder began to rust after a few months of being outdoors. Rust developed in the steel surfaces with the copper-colored finish (e.g., outer side of the sliding lid [Figs. E1 and E2] and the tray and rods supporting the perch ring [Fig. E4]) as well as those without the finish (e.g., the lid''s inner side [Fig. E3]). Over the multi-year span of this review and update, the progression of rusting has been relatively steady.
BPA TOXIC RISKS
This feeder requires routine cleaning, which in turn requires handling it. At the time of this writing, unlike other Web stores, this page (as well as those of Amazon in other languages) continues to fail to inform shoppers that the feeder''s plastic body contains a *highly toxic* plasticizer, bisphenol A (BPA), and carries a California''s Proposition-65 warning [Fig. F] as it "can harm the female reproductive system, including effects on ovaries and eggs." (Further, a 2021 study from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, shows that even small amounts of BPA cause alarming disruptions of signals between nerve cells in fish brain, and asserts that its "findings make it very likely" that bisphenols also affect the human brain.)
There is no good cause for Woodstream not providing a Prop-65 warning in this page, even more since not long ago the company had added the warning to a then separate Amazon page of the fake cooper two-tier feeder (a page no longer extant). Once again, in assessing the intention(s) behind the absence of BPA information on this page, it is noteworthy that the company''s own Perky-Pet website shows a Prop-65 warning on birth defects and other reproductive harm. The most plausible interpretation of such discordant behavior is that this company avoids disclosing BPA information that may harm its sales in Amazon at the expense of a health risk to shoppers. If so, that would be remarkably unethical.
** NOTE ** Some hand sanitizers and many skin care products have chemicals that enhance skin penetration, such as isopropyl myristate and propylene glycol, which can increase the absorption of BPA through the skin by up to 100-fold. Avoid touching the plastic body of this feeder after using those products, and always wash your hands with soap and water after touching it.
At the time of this writing, the "Product Documentation (PDF)" link in this page provides a "30-Day Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy" as well as "12-Month Limited Warranty." The first is not a warranty but a list of the limitations to get refunded of the shipping costs if returning the feeder within 30 days of purchase. Compared to other feeder brands offering a lifetime care, and cost- and shipping-free replacement parts, this policy is user-unfriendly. Despite its presence here, the limited warranty does not apply to feeders purchased in Amazon but only to those purchased in another online store, which happens to be the Woodstream''s Perky-Pet store sneaked under a different URL. Bah!