Perky-Pet® Patented Upside Down® Thistle Feeder

Model #: 399

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Feed the wild birds. Goldfinches can feed upside down though other birds cannot, so this feeder is ideal for them. Holds thistle seed or finch mix. 2 lb seed capacity.
Perky-Pet® Patented Upside Down® Goldfinch Feeder

Perky-Pet® Patented Upside Down® Goldfinch Feeder

Specifically attract Goldfinches into your yard--while keeping other birds at bay--with this patented Perky-Pet® Upside Down Goldfinch Feeder. Also known as the wild canary, the American Goldfinch is easily recognized by its bright yellow color, shiny black crown, and black-and-white wings and tail. Both handsome and distinguished, it's easy to see why this beloved little bird is proudly claimed as the state bird in three states.

VIP Dining for Goldfinches

Darling and acrobatic, Goldfinches have no problem feeding while perched upside down. This long, tube-shaped feeder caters to that unique ability, and Goldfinches specifically, by providing six patented Upside Down feeding stations with perches positioned above--versus below--each feeding port. Because other species aren't able to feed upside down, this feeder keeps less desirable house finches and larger birds away. With a feeding station all their own, Goldfinches can leisurely dine without being bothered by other birds.

Durable Construction

This Upside Down Goldfinch feeder features a squirrel-resistant cap and perches made of durable plastic. The cap offers weather-resistant reliability--standing up to snow, sun, rain, and other outdoor elements, while its 18-inch feeder tube empties completely of seed, leaving behind no messy residue. This Upside Down Goldfinch feeder can hold up to 2 pounds of thistle seed or finch mix. When it's time to refill, simply slide the cap up along the hanging bail to access the feeder tube.

Suggested Placement

After filling this Upside Down Goldfinch feeder with thistle seed or finch mix, use the hanging bail to hang the feeder near a back deck, porch, patio, or a window overlooking a garden or landscaped area in your yard. Choose a location that not only provides a great view, but that is also Goldfinch friendly. Like most birds, Goldfinches prefer an open space, so they can easily move from one feeding port to the next. They also like to be in a location that gets both sun and partial shade during the day. An ideal location will be between 5 and 8 feet off the ground and within 15 feet of nearby coverage, like bushes and shrubs, so Goldfinches feel safe and protected from predators.

Cleaning the Feeder

The clear, plastic seed compartment makes it easy to monitor seed levels at a glance. Be sure to keep this Upside Down Goldfinch feeder clean and filled with fresh seed to ensure happy little birds and many return visits. Perky-Pet® recommends checking this bird feeder once a week for insects or mold and cleaning it every few weeks with a mild soap and water solution.


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Perky-Pet® Patented Upside Down® Goldfinch Feeder - Specifications

Product Features:

  • Upside Down® feeding stations which are designed to allow goldfinches to feed undisturbed
  • Includes a weather resistant cap and feeding tube

What's in the Box:

  • 1 Wild bird feeder


  • 2 lb seed capacity

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Most Recent Customer Reviews

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Review posted on
June 9, 2017
Pleased By John

Very pleased with this purchase. Within three days after hanging the Upside Down Finch Feeder we had a pair (Male/Female) Yellow Finch's feeding at the station.

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Review posted on
August 20, 2016
It works - despite very cheap construction. By CRHead
This feeder holds a lot of thistle seed and the gold finches do easily use it, while sparrows and house finches have so much trouble, they mostly leave it alone. However, the gold finches in my yard would not use the feeder until they (and the sparrows) had completely emptied the wire mesh tube feeders I have been using up to now. The wire hanger was unnecessarily long, but it was easy to shorten it. The overall construction is so cheap, I'd almost expect to receive it as a promotional give-a-way. I've only had mine for a week or two, so I have no idea how long it will last.
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Review posted on
May 9, 2016
The Jury is still out on this one By Joseph T
I see the Gold finches on my right side up thistle feed but not so much on this one.
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Review posted on
December 8, 2013
Amazon Review, Goldfinch magnet By
Gold finches love it and they are fun to watch. I have two feeders and probably will get another shortly.
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Review posted on
October 18, 2013
Amazon Review By
"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 :-)
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Review posted on
October 5, 2013
Amazon Review, Great price By
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.)
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Review posted on
September 24, 2013
Amazon Review By
Feeder is a great feeder. Well worth the price. Works better than more expensive choices. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Review posted on
September 16, 2013
Amazon Review, Finches love it By
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.
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Review posted on
September 11, 2013
Amazon Review, Perfect 10/10 By
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.
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Review posted on
August 3, 2013
Amazon Review, Great item By
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.
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Q.How do they get the seed. I just have one straw like perch. Up for 2 wks and no birds.

This feeder is specially designed for goldfinches. They can feed upside down, while other birds cannot, so this feeder is ideal for them. The openings for seed are located under each of the perches. This feeder comes with 2 plastic perches.

Q.What are the dimensions of feeder #399?

The feeder is approximately 19" long and 2.5" in diameter. The feeder hangs approximately 4" below the hanger.

Q.Does the upside down thistle feeder come with seeds?

Seeds are not included with this feeder.

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Hanging Your Feeder

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  • Bird Baths - A clean and reliable water source is an excellent way to attract birds to your yard, especially those birds that do not necessarily eat seed or nectar. All birds will seek out a water supply, not only for drinking but also for keep themselves clean and healthy.
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Wild Bird Feeders - FAQs

Protecting Birds FAQs

Q: What can I do about the cat that keeps visiting my feeder?

A: If it is your neighbor's precious Fluffy, you may want to suggest that they tie a bell around the cat's neck to alert the birds when the cat is near. more»

Q: How do I discourage squirrels and raccoons?

A: Here are a few simple and effective suggestions for keeping the squirrels and raccoons off your feeder. more»


Bird Seed FAQs

Q: What are the most popular bird seeds to use?

A: Black Oil Sunflower Seed is the most popular bird seed. It is much smaller than the traditional sunflower seed. It is best for those birds with smaller bills, such as the sparrow, junco and goldfinch. more»

Q: How do I prevent seeds from sprouting under my feeder?

A: You will need to sterilize your seed to prevent it from germinating. This will not alter the attractiveness or the nutritional value of the seed in any way more»


Cleaning FAQs

Q: Birds at my feeder look sick, what should I do?

A: The best thing to do is to stop feeding the birds temporarily. Remove the feeders and throw out all of the seed. Thoroughly wash your feeders as suggested in Tips for a clean feeding station. more»

Q: How do I clean my bird feeders?

A: Before filling your feeder with fresh seed, it is recommended that the following precautions are taken:

  1. Remove all old seed.
  2. Soak feeder in water.
  3. Scrub feeder and allow to air dry. more»

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Q: Will I find only finches at my finch feeder?

A: No. Pine Siskins, Redpolls, Mourning Doves, Juncos, Towhees, and Cowbirds are all attracted to thistle seed.

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