How to Hang a Hummingbird Feeder


Hummingbird feeders are a brilliant addition to any yard or garden. Properly locating, hanging, and cleaning your feeder will ensure that plenty of birds stop by for a drink. Hummingbirds are most likely to visit a feeder during their migrations in spring and fall.[1] Hang the feeder as early as 2 weeks before you expect to see any birds, and keep it up several weeks after your last sighting. Having available food won’t prevent the hummingbirds from migrating, and keeping a source of nectar out early or late can give stragglers and early migrators a boost for the long flight.

  1. 1 Situate the feeder in a shady location to prevent nectar from fermenting. If your hummingbird feeder is in a location that receives full sun throughout the day, heat from the sun will get trapped in the feeder and raise the internal temperature. This will cause the fluids to ferment and spoil.[2] Hot nectar could also potentially burn the hummingbirds’ small mouths.
    • Hummingbirds won’t come to a feeder full of fermented nectar, so they’re likely to go hungry in this case.
  2. 2 Locate the feeder where you can easily see it from inside your home. Make sure to account for your view when you choose a place for the feeder. It’s a treat to watch these iridescent birds as they hover and drink. So, place the feeder within view of a window.[3] Because you’ll need frequent access to it for cleaning and refilling, the location should be easily accessible, and not too high for you to reach.
    • However, since feeders often have 5-6 birds buzzing around them, don’t hang the feeder in a high-traffic area (e.g. in front of your home’s main entrance).
  3. 3 Place feeders near bright flowers to attract many hummingbirds. Hummingbirds love bright colors and naturally flock to them. For example, if you hang your feeder near a planter full of brightly-colored flowers, it’ll attract many more birds than if you were to hang it in front of a drab beige-colored wall. If you’re hanging the feeder in a tree or on a pole in your yard, choose a location near a flower bush or a plant with brightly-colored leaves.[4]
    • If you don’t have any flowers in your yard, consider filling a planter with bright flowers to draw in hummingbirds.
    • While hummingbirds tend to favor the color red, they’ll come to any bright flower.
  4. 4 Elevate your feeder about 5 ft (1.5 m) off the ground. At this height, you’ll be able to see the feeder easily and won’t have…
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