Finding a good hummingbird feeder for your backyard will ensure a pleasant, enjoyable viewing experience as birds flock to your nectar. Watching beautiful, vibrantly colored hummingbirds is a thrill like no other, and having a well-designed feeder is a great way to make sure birds are fed well and kept happy. Included below are 10 of the best hummingbird feeders in terms of holding capacity, design, and ease of access for birds.
Each type of feeder includes a few special aspects such as window or suction cup style feeders, antique and glass style feeders, and feeders that allow birds to feed while being protected from insects with an ant moat. Depending on your budget, style preferences, and where you want to place the feeder, certain designs and styles of feeders can help to attract birds quickly and affordably.
1) First Nature Hummingbird Feeder
The First Nature Hummingbird Feeder holds a full 32 ounce container and uses a bright red color attractor to help draw in hummingbirds of all types. Featuring a wide mouth, simple to fill jar area as well as bases that come in two sections, this feeder is simple to clean and fill and can be hung from limbs or hooks.
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2) Perky Pet 203CPBN Feeder
The Perky Pet Hummingbird Feeder features a waist style design and holds eight ounces of nectar, making sure your hummingbirds have plenty of nectar to stay nourished. By filling the ant moat area on the feeder’s lid, you can quickly get hummingbirds to come to your lawn while keeping bees, ants, and other insects and pests away from the birds’ area.
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3) Aspects Feeder 12 Ounce Hanging Style
The Aspects hummingbird feeder features a specialized Highview perch area to allow birds to easily take a rest while they drink nectar from the 4 different feed ports on this design. Offers an excellent view of hummingbirds.
4) More Birds Antique Hummingbird Feeder
Featuring a specialized antique style design and hand washable surface, the More Birds antique style feeder features 20 ounces of liquid area and is completely dishwasher safe. Attracts birds of all types while providing a stylized, high-class appearance.
5) Aspects 407 Jewel Box Style Feeder
An eight ounce window feeder, the Jewel Box Aspects hummingbird feeder allows for easy viewing while the most vibrant and beautiful birds come to your yard. You can use this feeder with or without the additional ant moat area. Includes three different feed ports.
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6) Avant Garden 8110-3 Looking Glass Feeder
Featuring special tinted, temperated nectar container glass, the Avant Garden feeder is a unique and beautiful design that allows birds to easily dine on nectar from this feeder. Enjoy hours of pleasant bird watching while hummingbirds flock to this attractive, affordable feeder.
7) Green Antique 10 Ounce Glass Feeder
The 10 Ounce Antique Feeder from Perky Pet features a sea green design on its bottle, allowing for unique and beautiful brushed silver outer artwork. The hanger is made of metal and attached for simple, easy hanging on any hook or limb you desire. Includes 4 feeding ports.
8) Audubon Hummingbird Feeder
With a full 12 ounce capacity and dishwasher safe design, the Audubon feeder provides hours of enjoyment watching all different breeds of birds flock to your unit. Allow for 6 different feed stations.
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9) Wild Wings Feeder
The Wild Wings Hummingbird feeder features a special decorative basket that has attached perch rings and a decorated design. With hand blow glass in unique and vibrant colors, the Wild Wings feeder attracts numerous breeds of hummingbirds.
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10) Perky Pet 8131 Hobnail Glass Feeder
With a vintage hobnail glass design, this feeder holds 24 ounces and uses a pale cranberry outer paint design to provide attractive feeding to your birds. Attracts all different breeds and types.
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Types of Hummingbird Feeders
While there are numerous types of hummingbird feeder designs to select from, choosing the best one is mostly a matter of personal taste and preference. Additionally, the type of bird and size of the birds you wish to bring to your yard will play a part in determining the best feeder for your needs. There are two main types of hummingbird feeders to choose from, and the one you pick will need to be kept at the right level to let birds easily access nectar from within.
The two types of feeders are saucer feeders and inverted feeders. Saucer feeders are dish style feeders that have nectar accessible through small ports contained right above the reservoir. This lets hummingbirds quickly dip their bill into the nectar to reach the food supply. The inverted feeder style features a central reservoir area that lets nectar come down from a container held above. This lets the ports stay full so that birds have quick and simple access to nectar at all times.
Saucer feeders tend to be easier to assemble, clean, and fill, while they can also be mounted readily on railings or poles. Inverted feeders tend to hold slightly more and can be more difficult to fill and clean. However, they also are easier to check in terms of nectar capacity and current amount of nectar held in the feeder.
Other types of feeders include vintage feeders, stained glass feeders, window feeders, feeders with ant moats, round feeders, hanging feeders, and mounted feeders. Each of these feeder types includes special designs and unique aspects, such as attractive outer artwork for vintage and stained glass feeders. Window feeders will draw birds directly to your window, letting you look outside and catch a glimpse right from your kitchen sink.
Hummingbird Feeder Selection Tips
Selecting a hummingbird feeder basically depends on a few important aspects, such as capacity of the feeder, its color, and the type of material used in construction. Additionally, it’s important to consider the number of feeding ports, mounting style, cleaning, and perch areas.
When selecting a hummingbird feeder, capacity is an important aspect to consider. Most feeders come in various sizes ranging anywhere from one to thirty-two ounces. If you won’t be having a huge amount of birds coming to your yard, you might want to pick a smaller size feeder so that your nectar doesn’t go to waste. However, if you frequently have numerous birds flocking to your yard, you might want to choose a bigger feeder.
Design and Style
Where construction and design of the feeder is concerned, you will usually find feeders made from metal, glass, or plastic. Glass feeders may be more attractive, but allow the nectar to start fermenting faster, so it won’t stay fresh as long. Plastic feeders tend to be more durable and protective of the nectar, but sometimes start to discolor, which can be a problem in attracting birds.
Color is key consideration for hummingbird feeder selection. This is because hummingbirds tend to like red as a color, and will often flock to it. Yellow areas on your feeder may be a bad idea since insects tend to be attracted to yellow.
Mounting your feeder will be done through hanging it on a limb or a pole, though there are window suction cup style feeders and mounted feeders for decks as well. Your preferences are the main deciding factor here, depending on ease of hanging and where you’d like to be able to see your birds.
Choosing a feeder is also based on your own budget and personal preference in terms of ease of cleaning and parts selection. Some feeders will have more parts to take care of, which can add to the overall maintenance you have to do to make sure your feeder is kept clean and well-maintained. For feeders with clear glass areas , or a simple plastic reservoir, this will allow you to easily monitor the amount of nectar inside the feeder. You should also keep an eye on the areas of the feeder that might be hard to clean when the feeder gets dirty.
Feeder designs range from all different types and styles, so you might select a feeder that features a special antique or glass blown design. Additionally, you might want to choose a basin style feeder to quickly snap apart and allow the feeder to be cleaned easily. Suction cup style feeders are easy to remove from your window area and clean, and they tend to be easy to fill and not cost too much.
In terms of the best feeder designs and brands, look for Perky Pet, First Nature, or the Aspects style feeders to make sure you’ve chosen a well-designed model.
Hummingbird Feeder Parts
The parts of your hummingbird feeder include the nectar reservoir, the hanging mount, the ant moat (optional), and other small parts such as the lid and the outer container. If you choose a design that is dishwasher safe, you can simply stick your feeder into the dishwasher to make sure it is fully cleaned. However, if you have a more unique or expensive design such as an antique feeder, you’ll need to wash by hand in most cases.
Each feeder will have a number of different ports for birds to feed from. These ports can be difficult to clean because they tend to be very small and hard to reach. However, using a pipe cleaner or small and specialized feeder cleaning brush will help keep them easy for birds to get nectar out of.
To keep your parts clean, you can use a specialized homemade formulation of cleaning solution. Add 1 part white vinegar to water in 4 parts roughly 1 to 2 times per week. If you use a small bottle brush to clean your reservoir, you can make sure that no mold is able to grow. For the smaller hole areas such as the feeding ports, use a small brush from a bird store or a pipe cleaner. After cleaning, rise the feeder thoroughly and allow it to dry.
Hummingbird Feeder Recipe
To make your own hummingbird nectar at home, you will need a few different ingredients. First, you’ll need white sugar (one cup), four cups of water, and a stove and saucepan. You won’t need to add food coloring since most feeders include a red outer design to attract birds based on color.
To mix your own batch of nectar, simply take one cup of white sugar and add to four cups of water. Place the mixture into a saucepan and let it sit until it is fully boiling. Then remove the mixture from the stove and let it fully cool before placing it into your nectar area in the feeder. Make sure to fill your feeder for a few days of use, letting the remaining nectar stay in the refrigerator. Most nectar will stay good for about a week. Before feeding the stored nectar to your birds, let it warm up to about room temperature to make sure they aren’t fed nectar that is too cold or sticky.
Watch out for nectar freshness as well. When the weather gets hot, it’s easy for the liquid to go rancid more quickly. Watch your feeder liquid and when you notice a cloudy consistency, change the food right away.
Attracting hummingbirds is quite simple with a good homemade feeder recipe, but if you can’t make your own nectar, try adding natural food sources in your area with the feeder is placed. You should also position the feeder adequately and properly to keep the birds safe from colliding with windows your getting their bills trapped in the window screen. The feeder should be placed right on top of the window for good visibility or at a minimum of 5 feet from it. Keeping the feeder in a place where it is away from the breeze and way from direct light from the sun will help to keep nectar spillage to a minimum, as well as slowing down the fermentation process. Keep your feeders as close as possible to flowers that produce nectar.
One last tip is to keep insects away using insect traps and guards, such as an ant moat. Yellow feeder parts aren’t a good idea since they attract wasps and bees. Also, don’t put any sticky products or oil on the feeder poles, since these could cause the birds’ feathers to stick or create problems as they try to maneuver around the feeder.