COMPARE BIRD FEEDERS
HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS: The best hummingbird feeders on the market offer certain features.
1. Made of glass, not plastic, for more thorough cleaning
2. Has a wide opening for easy disassembly and cleaning
3. Bee guard 'flowers', usually yellow, over the feeding holes to keep away bees
4. Ant guard moat at the top of the feeder to prevent ant infestation
5. Hanger included
6. Does not have a screw on the bottom for attaching parts of the feeders together.
These will eventually leak, causing your nectar to drain out slowly and attracting bees.
For more information on feeding hummingbirds, go to the bottom of this page.
1. Best value - Ruby Hummingbird Feeder by
MoreBirds.com. Check the internet
for stores which carry this brand.
Holds 10 oz of nectar; these feeders have
the deepest ant moats, most effective bee
guards and best designed perches
2. Classic Branch Hummingbird Feeder by
MoreBirds.com, also sold at Walmart for
$14.53. This holds 40 oz of nectar
3. Glass Hummingbird
Feeder by PerkyPet.com - 30 oz $14.59
found in Ace Hardware, Walmart, etc.
3-in-1 Hummingbird feeder - can be hung, placed on
pole or mounted on a window. This comes with all the
equipment for adding this to your garden.
Maintenance and Preparation of nectar for hummingbird feeders: Heat one cup of water until hot enough to dissolve 1/4 cup of Pure Cane Sugar. Stir, then refrigerate for a few hours, pour into feeder and place outside, preferably in the shade. Replace nectar daily or weekly, depending on the weather - the warmer the temperature, the more often you change it. Refrigerate extra nectar.
This tube feeder is easy to clean and easy
for the birds to get to the very last seed.
You can also add a platform on the bottom
and a baffle on top for more weather
protection. This feeder can be purchased
for black sunflower seeds, finch blend,
or nyjer seed, by Aspect Bird feeders
ROUTINE BIRDFEEDER MAINTENANCE
Maintaining bird feeders and bird baths is essential for the birds' health. According to the Valley Newspaper, Feeders can sometimes be a source of disease for the birds. " It is relatively easy to disinfect the feeders. The Humane Society of the US advises cleaning feeders at least once every two weeks.
All feeders should be routinely cleaned by immersed in hot water with vingar, scrubbed with a stiff brush or scouring pad, rinsed well, and allowed to dry completely before refilling with seeds.
Bird Baths or Dish should be emptied of water each day. Brush or wipe the bath clean, then rise and refill with fresh water. If possible, do not leave standing water overnight; otherwise, bird baths can easily become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other parasites.
Frequently collect discarded seed hulls and clean bird droppings from beneath feeders. If the area around the feeder has become especially soiled, relocate the feeder elsewhere and clean its initial location.
Follow proper instructions with regard to seed and other bird food. Reduce the amount of suet offered in hot weather, as heat can cause the suet to spoil and stick to the birds' feathers. Try to provide more than one feeder to prevent overcrowding.
If you notice birds that appear sick or are not acting well, halt feeding and bathing to prevent healthy birds from becoming ill. Resume feeding after a week. Notify local wildlife officials if you find dead or sick birds on the property.
Place the feeders away from windows to prevent the birds from flying into them. Store seed in a dry container with a tight-fitting lid to prevent mold and moisture from getting in. It is of the utmost importance to maintaining clean feeders and baths to ensure the birds remain healthy and happy.
If you are just starting to feed hummers, it will probably take some time to find it. So only fill up the pitcher halfway. Once the hummers find it, then you can fill it up completely, as they will empty it out within 4-5 days normally.
Placement: It is best if the feeder can be kept in the shade because the nectar will remain fresh longer. If you are willing to change it more often, it is fine to hang it in the sun.
Ants: An ant guard or moat will prevent ants from finding your feeder by blocking their path as they crawl down the hanger from the top of the feeder. Most ant moats are built into the top part of a feeder. Or you can purchase the moats separately.
Bees: Bees will fight off the hummingbirds who come to drink. Bees cannot be blocked by a moat because they fly. The way to keep bees from your feeder is by making sure that no nectar leaks or splashes out to where they can eat it. Feeders with tubes hanging down are the worst offenders.
Clever-Clean tube feeder by
Droll Yankee - easy to clean, and this can be ordered for regular seed or Nyjer seed.
If you find any of your Nyjer (also known as Thistle) Seed feeders is not being emptied by birds, get rid of the feeder. It probably has holes too small and doesn't allow the bird to pull out the seeds.
Plastic feeders such as this are easy to fill, easy to clean and are fairly inexpensive. You can buy large ones and smaller ones for different types of seed.