There are few things more exciting than seeing a hummingbird flitting around your yard. One of the best methods for attracting hummingbirds to your home is to put up hummingbird feeders. This guide will help you pick the hummingbird feeder that’s best for you.
Things to Consider When Buying Hummingbird Feeders
1. Is It Easy to Clean?
One of the most important things to consider when you choose a hummingbird feeder is whether or not it’s easy to clean. If you are considering a highly decorative feeder, make sure it doesn’t have a lot of small cracks & crevices that will be hard to clean.
Hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned and refilled with fresh nectar every 2 days in hot weather. That’s because hummingbird nectar, which is made of sugar and water, can mold or spoil easily in heat. So clean your hummingbird feeders often to keep them enticing.
Examine the hummingbird feeder you’re thinking about buying and take it apart. Unscrew the bottle from the base and take the base apart. All the parts of the feeder should come apart. Being able to take the feeder apart will make it much easier to clean.
The base should snap apart or come apart easily. Can you easily access all areas of the base for complete cleaning? There should no crevices you cannot reach because that is where mold could hide. Black mold can build up on hidden surfaces. If there are flowers as part of the base of the feeder, do they snap out of the base of the feeder so they can be thoroughly cleaned? Mold can sometimes gather on the inside of the flower. A moldy feeder won’t attract birds well.
A bottle with a wider mouth makes it easier to reach inside and thoroughly clean the entire bottle.
2. Is It Easy to Refill?
Examine the bottle reservoir. Does it have a wide enough mouth so you can easily pour the hummingbird nectar into the bottle without spilling it? This will also save you some cleaning time. The less nectar you spill when re-filling, the less there will be to clean up later.
3. What color is It?
Choose a hummingbird feeder with red on it if you are new to attracting hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are especially attracted to the color red, since a lot of their favorite flowers are red.
4. Is it Pest-resistant?
Some hummingbird feeders have a built in ant cup that prevents ants from reaching the nectar. The ant cup is a moat of water on the top of the feeder, with the hanger attached in the middle of the cup. You fill the ant cup with water and the ants are reluctant to swim across it to drink the nectar.
5. Does It Have Perches?
Some hummingbird feeders have perches and some don’t. Either type works. Perches provide a place for hummingbirds to rest, but hummingbirds do not need perches to feed. In the wild, hummingbirds hover at flowers they choose to feed from. Perchless hummingbird feeders usually have less parts and are easier to clean.
How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder
To clean hummingbird feeders, use a little vinegar and hot water, or a mild bleach solution for tougher cleaning jobs. Use a bottle brush for the upper bottle reservoir if necessary, and smaller brushes for other surfaces if needed. Thoroughly rinse all parts of the hummingbird feeder before filling it with fresh nectar.
Use Multiple Hummingbird Feeders to Attract the Most Hummingbirds
To attract the most hummingbirds, try to choose several hummingbird feeders and space them widely apart in your yard. This will cut down on competition of one hummingbird trying to monopolize one feeder.