Sunday, October 12, 2008

Choosing the Right Hummingbird Feeder

You have learned how to make nectar to feed hummingbirds, but what is the best way to feed them?  All bird feeders are not created the same and hummingbird feeders are special types that are specifically suited to their feeding habits.  If the hummingbird cannot reach the nectar they will not come back to feed.  You don’t want other animals eating the nectar either.  These are some of the considerations that should be made when deciding on the style of feeder that you want to use.


Types of Hummingbird Feeders


With the many types of bird feeders on the market today it is not difficult to find a feeder that is made specifically for the hummingbird.  When buying a feeder, remember that hummingbirds love bright colors, especially the color red.  Hummingbird feeders should be made to hold the nectar in a way that the hummingbird can get to the nectar without drawing other insects or unwanted creatures.  These feeders come in a wide range of prices and are easily affordable by all.  Feeders can be made from different types of material.  Most often they are made of plastic, wood, and glass.  Plastic feeders are usually easy to care for, but they do tend to fade with time.  Wooden feeders are beautiful and provide a pleasant feel to your garden or anywhere that you decide to place them.  Wooden feeders require extra care and are a little harder to clean but are worth the effort.  Glass feeders can provide some of the brightest colors which hummingbirds love.   These types of feeders are very artistic and provide a different look to the area that you place them in.  They also tend to be somewhat easier to clean than the wooden feeders. 


Hummingbird Feeder Safety


There are a few guidelines specific to hummingbird feeders.  Hummingbird feeders that are not cleaned can cause diseases for these sweet birds.  Feeders should be cleaned each time that you fill them.  Use a vinegar and hot water solution to clean all parts of the feeder.  Rinse the feeder well with clear warm water then let dry before replacing the nectar.  Change the nectar when you start to see it become cloudy.  Some experts recommend changing the nectar every 3 - 7 days.  To keep ants, bees, wasps, and other insects from the feeder use a little mineral oil on the wire to the feeder and on the ports of the feeder.  A word of caution when using the type of feeders that goes on windows!  There have been occasions when hummingbirds have flown into windows that had a dark film on them. If you do decide to hang your feeder outside a window make sure that is has no tint to it.


Each type of feeder has some really good aspects.  Only you can choose the feeder that is right for you and your décor.  Don’t be afraid of having to keep them clean and safe for the hummingbirds.  The joy of having these beautiful birds in your yard or garden far out weighs the job of maintaining the feeders.  Get the bird feeder that is right for you and enjoy!

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