It is such a pleasant surprise to learn of a company that produces bird feeders that is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the birds! Needless to say, this isn’t an article about Perky Pets….
The new Dr JB range of hummingbird feeders offer significant benefits to both the birds and the owner of the feeder:
1) This feeder is TRULY dishwasher proof – it does not get brittle with repeated washings.
2) It is easy to clean – there are no nooks, crannies, crevices, hard-t0-reach area. This prevents the buildup of the nasty black bacteria that is harmful to the hummers.
3) Easy to fill – wide mouth to the reservoir means no spillage – no sticky residue, no ants in the kitchen!
4) The design of the base caters for large and small hummingbirds, and offers aesthetic options of colored petals.
Here is a video that shows one in action:
I have just been informed that the feeder now comes (end of April 2012) in a range of sizes – including to the original 16 oz size, it is now available in a 32 oz size, 48 oz & industry largest 80 oz sizes. Larger than the Best-1 72 oz feeder! A big benefit for those of us in heavy migration areas. I am looking forward to testing the 80oz version, as I have a feeling it may surplant my Best-1 72oz feeders – though that may be dependent upon price. The Best-1 feeders are great, but the large 72oz version is made from a plastic that degrades in UV light, and they are really only viable for 2 seasons before becoming too brittle. The Dr JB feeder in the original size of 16oz is around $25 – quite an investment, but a wise one in the long term.
They are available online from Evergreen Wild Bird Store.
This feeder is a huge step forward in design, and I heartily recommend them. Of course, as with any design, there is potential for improvement – the base only has 4 feeding ports – I would much prefer 6 or 8, and I am not a big fan of the plug-in petals around each feeding port. They can pinch beaks if not properly inserted, and do have the potential for collecting bacteria – albeit that it will be removed with every washing (unlike a Perky Pets feeder, where it just accumulates).