Hummingbirds are easy to attract to your garden as long as you have a good feeder filled with fresh nectar. They fly south when it gets too cold, so if you are in Canada or a Northern US state, start hanging the feeders early, in March-April. You can take them down if you see no birds around the feeders for over a week at a stretch. Some species, like Anna’s hummingbird, can remain in the cold regions and still visit your yard. In the southern US states, along with South America, hummingbirds keep coming all year round.
If you get a lot of frost in your area, you can get a heated hummingbird feeder that keeps the nectar flowing even in freezing temperatures.
The durable red glass feeder comes with four feeding ports, and though the perches may look small, they are wide enough to accommodate the tiny birds well. Additionally, it is cheaper than other most other glass feeders. Despite being leakproof, some users claim that theirs drip if hanged under constant direct sunlight.
There is a clear variant too, but the red one might be better at attracting hummingbirds.
Capacity: 8oz, 16oz
A large feeder with 8 feeding ports, it’s suitable for gardens where large groups of hummingbirds are likely to visit. A rather inexpensive option, the light yet tough clear plastic feeder works well with colored nectar, so you can try the one offered by the same manufacturer.
It might be better to use separate nectar guard tips as the large feeding holes might attract bees.
For its flat shape, it is easier to open and clean, compared to top-filled and bottle-shaped variants. Users also claim that the saucer-style feeder works well in keeping ants and bees away. The elevated perch also gives a better view of the birds.
Though claimed to be unbreakable, some users complain the container can break easily, and some even claim that it is not manufactured by the original Aspects Inc. Others still claim it to work well and attract lots of hummingbirds.
Capacity: 12 oz
A simple yet functional design consisting of a glass bottle, and a red plastic base with perches and 8 feeding holes. The manufacturers also offer replacement bottoms so you don’t have to get a whole new one if one gets damaged.
Some users do face problems with bees, especially since it is difficult to use nectar guards as there are no feeder tubes, just holes.
A large saucer feeder with 8 ports that are protected from bees and wasps with inbuilt nectar guards. Made with UV stabilized polycarbonate, meaning it doesn’t get discolored easily. The brass hanging rod is also quite secure, though according to some, it could have been slightly longer.
Another basic, plastic feeder with a simple clear tube-shaped nectar pot and a red base with four flower feeding stations that come in both yellow and red.
According to users, the glue used for securing the top with the plastic body may give way when it gets too hot. Though it is easy to reattach.
An elegant metal feeder with rustic copper finish, it has a compact look that suits all types of gardens. There are five feeding holes marked by pretty red metal flowers.
Slightly more expensive compared to other similar products. Some people also complain of the metal parts rusting after 5-6 months of use.
An eye-catching large glass feeder, it comes with an S-hook for hanging it wherever you want. There are 5 metal flower feeding stations with perches. The flowers may rust over time.
Yet another hand-blown glass feeder that can add a vintage charm to your garden. The frame and hooks come in the package and the raised perches provide a better view of the birds. According to users, it is both leak- and rust-proof. It is costlier than other glass feeders and the small size may be an issue if there are too many hummingbirds to feed.
In summer, when all the flowers are in bloom, this decorative cobalt blue feeder will bring some more color to your garden. And it is also available in green and red, so you can have the whole set too. Some users complain about the flower tubes coming off when the birds try to drink from them, but fixing them tightly seems to work.
A bar feeder with 22 feeding ports, it can accommodate a whole flock at once. It comes with a string for hanging, which makes it move a lot. So you can get chains and S-hooks, or even attach it to poles to keep it steady. The tube is leakproof, and there is a rubber funnel for refilling. There are no perches though, which can be a minus point for bird watchers.
You can go for the 4 feet long variant with 44 feeding stations as well.
Rustic glass jar design with 5 feeding ports, it is suitable for any kind of outdoor space. Some users have experienced the top portion of the glass bottle coming off due to some manufacturing defect. So, check it well before starting use.
A beautiful glass feeder that adds a kind of fairy charm to a garden. It does have a drawback in having a narrow neck, making it difficult to clean and refill. Still, it looks unique, works well, and doesn’t leak (when aligned properly).
A set of four tiny feeders with a feeding port each, you can either hang them separately at different spots or together on a chandelier-style hanger. The feeders are leak-proof but need to be refilled quite often.
The unique shape and red color are good at attracting hummingbirds. The plastic material is durable, and the feeder has 4 feeding stations with detachable white plastic flowers. The wide shape and large size make it easier to clean.
When it comes to placing any feeders in your garden, make sure to keep them safe for visitors. There should be nothing nearby that can be a threat to the birds, like an electrical outlet, or anything that might heat up, like a bulb. Also, keep the feeders under surveillance at all times.
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