Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird at a feeder

Hummingbirds are easily attracted to sugar water feeders. If you put one out and keep it filled and clean, you're almost sure of attracting some hummers.

Many hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so most hummingbird manufacturers use that color in the design of their feeders. There is no need to use commercial red nectar mixes. Simple, clear, sugar water is best for the hummingbirds. It's simple to make. Here's the recipe for homemade hummingbird food.

If you see a feeder you like that isn't red, don't worry, any bright color is likely to attract them, particularly if you already have other feeders out that they visit. If a new feeder is not getting noticed, try trying a bright red ribbon to it for a while. Once the hummingbirds have found it, they'll remember where it is and keep coming back.


What are the best hummingbird feeders?

There are many varieties of hummingbird feeders available. The best feeder is really what works best for you and that satisfies the hummingbirds. Some things to keep in mind are ease of filling and cleaning (you should clean the feeder and refill it with fresh sugar water a couple times a week), how many hummingbirds it can accommodate, and it if has perches.

If you're in the eastern half of the United States, you'll probably only get Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. These little guys are pretty protective of their feeding stations and you'll rarely see more than one feeding at a time. So, large, mult-port feeders make more sense in other parts of the country where there is more variety and maybe the hummingbirds play a little nicer together. In the east, multiple small feeders, placed out of sight of each other, are the best way to attract and feed multiple Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Perches: Perches on feeders are a good idea. It's fun to watch the birds hoover while they feed at a perchless feeder, but the hummingbirds will almost always make use of a perch if it's available. Give them a break and let them rest for a bit while they fuel up.

Brushes: No matter what the design, hummingbird feeders can be difficult to clean. Even if you change the water regularly, you'll probably get some mold growth in the tank and around the feeder ports. There are brushes available that make the task of cleaning your hummingbird feeders much easier. Droll Yankees makes two hummingbird brush products. Hummingbird Feeder Brush and PLB Perfect Little Brush.

Ant Guards: One more thing to think about is how to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders. They can be a real problem. Ant moats work very well at keeping them away. You fill the ant moat with water and hang it above your feeder. It's simple and it works. Trap-It-Ant Trap Perky Pet also makes an ant guard that works very well. It uses Permethrin to repel ants. Perky-Pet 242 Ant Guard for Hummingbird Feeders.


Favorite Hummingbird Feeders

First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder

An inexpensive hummingbird feeder that's designed to be easy to fill and easy to clean.




Best-1 8oz. Hummingbird Feeder

A good, simple inverted bottle design feeder. Base separates for easy cleaning. The hummingbirds like the perch ring.




Aspects 429 Hummzinger Highview Feeder

The no bottle design of this feeder makes for easier cleaning. Has a circular perch ring for the hummingbirds to sit on.




Hummingbird Species

Rufous HummingbirdTwenty-seven species of hummingbirds have been observed and reported in the United States. Some of those sightings are quite rare. We've provided information on 16 species that are most-likely to be seen in the U.S.

Check out this list of hummingbird species by state to see which hummers you're most likely to see where you live.

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Hummingbird at purple coneflower

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