If you have a backyard bird enthusiast roosting somewhere in your family tree you might be thinking about getting them a new feeder as a Christmas present. Not all bird feeders are created equal though, especially those that look rich and come with a hefty price tag like the Copper Sip and Seed Bird Feeder.
I received one of these feeders about two years ago and I watched it closely. It took the birds awhile to discover it but once they did, they swarmed the two feeders and seemed to be getting their fill of seed. I was worried that they wouldn’t have much room to maneuver or perch on the base of the feeders but it seems to work out for them. The squirrels did unfortunately find the feeders and scaled the shepherds pole to show off their acrobatics and steal some seed. They have not figured out how to raid the whole feeder and dump it on the ground yet so for now, they’re sort of foiled.
I have encountered what I think is one major design flaw with the feeders though. The base where the seed pours out of the glass container does not have any drainage holes in it. During rain or snow storms the base fills up with water and has nowhere to go. That in turn soaks the seed which then clogs up the area where the seed pours out into the base. I now have this little routine after the rain where I go out and tip over the feeders to dump out the water. I then unscrew the base and break up the soggy seed and get it out of the feeder so it doesn’t mold or rot the rest of the feed. A couple of times the rain has frozen over night and then I have to chip out the ice before the birds can get to their feast. I’m hoping future versions of the feeder might include a drainage hold of some sort to let the water out. That would compete with the idea to use one to dispense water but their must be a solution. Perhaps just a small covering on top of the feeder to direct rain away from the base.
Despite that problem, I think the Copper Sip & Seed Bird Feeder looks great out in front of our house. The copper look adds a nice touch to the landscape. I like being able to see the seed level and by the way it’s constructed from metal and glass, I’m hoping this bird feeder will last a lot longer than some of the cheap plastic ones I’ve used over the years.
I’m now down to just one glass feeder tube because one of the tubes froze and shattered in the middle of a bitterly cold night. Also, I began using one of the tubes as a water dispenser as the manufacturer recommends but that also has some problems. The process of filling the tube is a pain and you always lose half your water when you flip it back over after filling. A filler hole in the top could easily fix this problem. Also, after just two years outside the copper finish on the plastic is discoloring and rubbing off, making the feeder look dirty and beat up. While it looks beautiful in the package and when you first put it up, the frustrations associated with filling and maintaining the look of this feeder gives me reason to recommend that you don’t buy it.
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