Hummingbird Feeders

Tips on Hummingbird Feeder Placement

The use of a feeder is probably one of the easiest ways to attract hummingbirds.  Where you place your feeder is very important.  It is my hope that the following tips will help you select the proper location for your feeder.

  • The feeder should be placed in the shade, because this will help prevent the rapid spoilage of the nectar during warm weather.
  • You will want to place your feeder high enough to prevent squirls and other preditors from being able to reach it.
  • The feeder should be placed out of the wind, because gusty winds can cause the nectar solution to slosh out of it.
  • The feeder can be placed among flowers, shrubs or trees that are known to attract hummingbirds.  This will offer the birds a choice of which food souce from which to feed.

Now that you have selected the proper location for your hummingbird feeder, fill it up, wait and watch for the hummingbirds to arrive.  If you are an avid birdwatcher then you are among very good company, because birdwaching and gardening are the top two outdoor activities in America today.  The birds will surly provide you with many hours of enjoyment.  You will wonder why you did not put out a feeder before now and the birds will be thankful for a reliable food souce.   

3 replies on “Tips on Hummingbird Feeder Placement”

I have a problem with ants getting into my hummingbird feeder. We tried putting sticky stuff like flypaper, scotch tape etc. and nothing can stop them from getting into the feeder. Do you have any good suggestions?

The are many things that you can try to help solve the problem of ants in your hummingbird feeder. I suggest you try one or more of the possible solutions listed below.

The best thing to do to prevent the problem of ants at your hummingbird feeder is to block their passage to the feeder. This can be done through the use of Vaseline or tanglefoot, which is a sticky substance commonly found in garden stores. You would place the substance on whatever is holding the feeder, usually a pole or wire.

Some people choose to wrap a strip of cloth that has been soaked in insect repellant around whatever is supporting the feeder. A brief word of caution here, if you choose to use this method or even if you use a spray insect repellant, please be sure that none of it gets into the hummingbird feeding solution.

Another suggestion of how to prevent ants is to sprinkle some ginger around your feeder pole. For whatever reason, once you do this, the ants won’t go near the area. I have no idea why this works, but several people have told me that it does. Give it a try and see it for yourself.

You can also prevent ants and other insects from drinking all the nectar in your hummingbird feeder by hanging your feeder using a piece of clear nylon sewing thread. The tread is very fine and slippery, thus preventing the ants or other insects from climbing it and reaching the nectar.

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