Hummingbird Feeder Purchase & Care

TIPS FOR BUYING & CARING FOR YOUR HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER

  • Choose a feeder that you are able and willing to clean.
  • Look for a feeder that has the ports above the pool of liquid to avoid drips, because drips will attract ants and bees.
  • Use feeder(s) whose size matches your population.
  • Don’t fill the feeders all the way if they aren’t being fully consumed between fillings.
  • More feeders will support more hummingbirds and help reduce territoriality.
  • Change the mixture every four to five days – more frequently if temperatures are over 90° F.
  • If the liquid appears cloudy or you see mold, wash the feeder thoroughly right away.
  • Put your feeders at least four feet above the ground so they are beyond the reach of cats and other predators
  • Never place a feeder too close to a nest, because doing so may cause predation.
  • If possible, the feeder should be in a shady spot.
  • Placing the feeder where you can see them through the window is a good idea too!
  • Feeders must be cleaned between re-fillings – don’t “top off” without cleaning.
  • Use a mild detergent (such as dish soap) and water; rinse thoroughly.
  • About once a month, soak the feeder in a solution of bleach and water (1 Tbsp. of bleach per quart of water); rinse very thoroughly!
  • Some feeders can be put in the dishwasher for sterilization.
  • If your feeder is attracting ants, use a moat or AntGuard® to stop them.

If you find an injured Hummingbird, please call our Bird Hotline at (310) 378-9921.

Tips provided by The Hummingbird Society

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