38 PROVEN Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds! (2022 Guide)

“How do you attract hummingbirds?”


Many years ago, my dad and I visited someone’s house whose entire backyard was dedicated to attracting hummingbirds.


It was unbelievable! There were dozens of hummingbirds flying every direction visiting nectar feeders and beautiful flowers scattered across their yard.


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Now that I have a house and yard of my own, I have spent the last few years trying to transform my backyard into a hummingbird garden and paradise.


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The biggest lesson that I have learned?


It’s that attracting hummingbirds is a bit more complicated than just hanging a nectar feeder and waiting for the birds.


Today, I’m sharing 38 tips, tricks, and techniques that will make your backyard an attractive habitat for hummingbirds.


And as they say, “If you build it, they will come.


20 Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds With Nectar Feeders


The quickest and most common way to get hummers to visit your backyard is to hang a quality nectar feeder.


This is because nectar is a primary food source for hummingbirds. To fuel their active lifestyle, hummingbirds need to feed on it almost continuously throughout the day.


Supplying a fresh and reliable nectar source will be sought after by hummingbirds.


Seriously, check out what Carole, a hummingbird enthusiast, has accomplished in her backyard. *The video below is a LIVE STREAM of the nectar feeders in her backyard.*


As long as it’s daylight, you are almost guaranteed to see hummingbirds drinking nectar from her feeders. (Learn more about this incredible feeding station HERE.)


But before you throw up your new hummingbird feeder, it’s important to understand the time commitment they demand, including how to properly make the nectar, how often to clean the feeders, etc.


Tip #1: Place your hummingbird feeders wisely.


Here are a few things to keep in mind as you look around your yard for the best places to hang your feeders:


  • Look for areas near flowers that hummingbirds are already visiting naturally.


  • Place close to shelter or perching areas, such as trees or shrubs. If possible, try not to put in the middle of your barren yard.


  • Keep the feeder out of the sun to slow the fermentation process, which will help the nectar last longer.


  • Think about yourself! Make sure you can see the feeders easily from inside your home.


Tip #2: Red is good!

attracting humminbirds

Hummingbirds are naturally attracted to the color red, which is the reason why most nectar feeders you see have a red base or top.


Make sure that yours does too. At the very least, make sure it has a bright color like yellow.


Tip #3: Make your own nectar with this recipe.


Making a nectar solution that is easy and healthy for hummingbirds is easy!


  • 1 part refined table sugar, 4 parts warm water*

  • Mix!


*Many people advise boiling the water before making nectar. They say that it gets rid of any bacteria that may be in the water. Probably good advice but I use warm water from my sink.*


Seriously, it’s that easy. Regular table sugar is just sucrose, and when mixed with water, it closely resembles natural nectar sources that hummingbirds find in flowers.


simple hummingbird nectar recipe tips


I’d advise against buying pre-made nectar. I think it’s a needless expense since making sugar water with the recipe above is so easy. You also never know what other fillers or extra ingredients are added to the store-bought stuff!


Tip 4: Don’t use red dye in your nectar.


Even though hummingbirds are attracted to the color red (Tip #2), don’t put dye in their nectar.


This is because the effects of consuming red dye are unclear and studies have shown potential health consequences for hummers.


And putting red dye in nectar is unnecessary to attract hummingbirds. Just make sure that the nectar feeder you purchase has a red top or base.


Tip #5: Don’t put honey or artificial sweeteners in your nectar.

no honey in hummingbird nectar recipe

It is not necessary and actually can be harmful to hummingbirds.


Tip #6: Replace the nectar BEFORE it spoils.


Do you like old, moldy, stale food?


Well, neither do hummingbirds. If you use nectar feeders to attract hummingbirds, then you must take the responsibility of replacing the sugar water before it goes bad.


The shelf life of your nectar is going to depend on different factors, most importantly the weather. You may need to change every few days when it’s extremely hot and humid. It may last up to a week or longer if it’s cooler and in the shade.


If you see your nectar is cloudy, it’s time to change it!


Tip #7: Don’t let your feeders run out of nectar!


Hummingbirds are creatures of habit. Once they find a reliable source of nectar, they will visit until it is exhausted.


This puts some pressure on us if we want to host hummingbirds. It’s important not to let our feeders run dry, or we may force the hummingbirds we worked so hard to attract move on and stop visiting.


Tip #8: Extend the life of your nectar by adding Nectar Defender.


Nectar Defender from Sapphires Labs is an all natural product that has been shown to prolong the freshness of homemade nectar. They claim that by adding it “Keeps nectar fresh for weeks instead of days.”  View Price - Amazon


Tip #9: Make nectar easily in this bottle.

hummingbird nectar bottle

Making nectar at home isn’t hard, but it’s even easier with this bottle. The directions are printed directly on the side! All you need to do is fill with warm water (32 ounces) and add 1 cup of sugar.  From there, shake vigorously and you are ready to go!


I bought mine at Wild Birds Unlimited. Unfortunately, I have not seen it sold elsewhere.


Tip #10: Extend the life of your nectar by putting it in the fridge.


Once I make 32 ounces of nectar with the bottle from tip #9 and fill my feeders, I usually have leftovers. By putting the extra sugar water in the fridge, it typically stays fresh for a few weeks.


Tip #11: Buy a feeder that is easy to clean.


If you want to minimize frustration, buying a nectar feeder that is easy to clean may be the most important tip on this list!


Remember how you need to change the sugar water quite often? When you do this, you also need to scrub and clean your feeders to wash away any mold or impurities.


Make sure your feeder is easy to take apart and does not have any hard to reach places. Any part that touches nectar needs to be cleaned thoroughly, or you risk bacteria and fungus growth.

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Bottle vs. dish nectar feeder? Learn more here.


Lastly, I use this 16oz bottle hummingbird feeder in my backyard, and it works great!  View Today's Price


Tip #12: Clean your feeder with vinegar (instead of bleach).


Every so often you should deep clean your hummingbird feeders with a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts water. This helps to ensure you are killing all the bacteria and mold and other dirty things that have accumulated.


For all of your “normal” bird feeders, it’s customary to use a diluted bleach solution to ensure all the bacteria, fungus, and mold is killed. But using bleach is not appropriate for a nectar feeder because it’s hard to guarantee all the bleach residue was removed, which can then mix into the sugar water.


Tip #13: Buy a feeder that prevents bees.


Many feeders are designed to make sure bees can’t get to the nectar. Look for feeding ports that are small enough that only hummingbird beaks can fit through.


Second, most hummingbird feeders with a dish design work best to prevent bees. This is because the nectar sits below the port openings and is too far for bees to reach, but hummingbirds have no problem getting a drink.


Tip #14: Prevent ants with a moat.


Many nectar feeders have an ant moat to stop these insects from making a gross mess. If not, you can purchase one separately that attaches above the feeder.


ant moat that prevents ants

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Tip #15: Buy a durable feeder.


Don’t just buy the least expensive hummingbird feeder you come across!


You want to make sure that your nectar feeder is constructed of glass or sturdy plastic, so it doesn’t break the first time it falls. It’s very annoying to own a feeder that has small plastic parts that break easily.


An excellent way to determine the life of a feeder is to check out the reviews from other customers.


Tip #16: Hang multiple nectar feeders around your yard.


Not only will you have a better chance at attracting more hummingbirds, but this also prevents a bully hummer from scaring away other birds.


Yes, you heard correctly. Hummingbirds can be very aggressive and territorial. It’s not uncommon for one to perch next to a feeder and not let anyone else eat!


Here is a LIVE look at many of my feeders. Sometimes I put a hummingbird feeder here, but typically I scatter them around my yard in different locations.


Tip #17: Bigger is not always better.


Consider the amount of nectar that your feeder holds in its reservoir. If you buy a one that is too large, then you are going to be wasting lots of nectar as it spoils before its eaten, in addition to having more surface area to clean!


My advice is to start small. If you attract so many hummingbirds that the feeder empties too quickly,  (An excellent problem to have!), then you can always buy a bigger one.


My personal preference is a feeder that holds around 8 – 12 ounces. If you are looking for recommendations, check out the Aspects Hummzinger (12 oz)!


Tip #18: Hang ’em early, keep ’em out late.


Most hummingbird species travel thousands of miles each year during spring and fall migration. For such a tiny bird, this is an enormous energy expense.


To help, get your nectar feeders out before the first spring migrants arrive. If they could express their emotions, I’m sure hummingbirds would sincerely appreciate the fresh sugar water you provide.


The same principle applies in the fall. Many enthusiasts take their feeders down too early, just when hummingbirds are making their way back down south.


To find out when hummers are going to return each year, check out the website Hummingbirds at Home, which provides maps showing where they are being observed.


Tip #19: Try feeding a hummingbird from your hand.


Handheld nectar feeders are pretty cool, and hummingbirds are braver than you probably think. A little patience and perseverance can pay off big time!   View Price / Buy Here


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Tip #20: Try a window hummingbird feeder.


It’s incredibly exciting to watch hummingbirds feeding right outside your window. Watch the video below to see my FAVORITE feeder, along with footage of the hummers on my window!

Aspects Jewel Box Window Nectar Feeder View Cost - Amazon


Window feeders are also great ways to introduce non-birders and kids to how awesome birds can be!


10 Tips For Creating a Hummingbird Garden


I think the best way to continuously attract hummingbirds is to plant their favorite shrubs, trees, and flowers.


This is because the average hummingbird visits up to 2,000 flowers each day looking for nectar! Establishing a hummingbird garden takes advantage of this fact.


In my opinion, nectar feeders are a lot of work between changing sugar water and cleaning every few days.


You never have to worry if your nectar has spoiled if you establish a hummingbird garden that produces nectar-filled flowers all summer long. Nature takes care of everything and is the gift that keeps on giving!


Tip #21: Native plants work best.


There are many reasons that you should be using native plants instead of exotic species from Asia.

best native plants to attract hummingbirds

Here’s just one: Hummingbirds eat more than only nectar. Arthropods and insects provide a considerable portion of their diet and having native plants will attract significantly more bugs than hummingbirds like to eat than exotic plants!


Tip #22: Pay attention to bloom times


This tip is my favorite when it comes to creating a garden that attracts hummingbirds all summer long.


Select various species of plants that bloom at different times during Spring and Summer. This way hummingbirds have places to eat throughout the season, not just when your rhododendron flowers in spring or your red cardinal flower blooms in August.


Having flowers blooming all season long in your garden is also a great way to attract butterflies!


Tip #23: Select different colored flowers.


Even though red is the best to attract hummingbirds, they will visit all the colors. So don’t be afraid to have your hummingbird garden mimic a rainbow!


Tip #24: Select plants with different heights and shapes.


To add visual interest to your hummingbird garden, select plants that have different mature sizes. Think flowers that stay close to the ground, shrubs and bushes that get bigger and wider, vines that climb, flowers with long spikes, etc.


Tip #25: Annual or perennial?


When you are designing your hummingbird garden, make sure to check if the plant is going to die at the end of the season (annual) or return next year (perennial). They both work great, and a combination of the two is probably best.


Tip #26: Check how big each plant is going to grow.


Design with the end in mind by paying attention to the mature size of each plant.


For example, the trumpet vine is a hummingbird favorite. It’s bought small, but eventually becomes an enormous vine that grows up to 40 feet tall!


Tip #27: Look for long, tubular flowers.


native flowers and plants for hummingbirds


The best flowers for attracting hummingbirds tend to be long and look like a tube. Typically, these types of flowers have the most nectar. Also, because of their shape, most insects can’t reach the good stuff, which means that hummingbirds have the flowers all to themselves thanks to their long, specialized bills!


Tip #28: Encourage your neighbors to attract hummingbirds!


To attract even more hummingbirds, you want the habitat surrounding your backyard also to be desirable. Your yard can only support so many hummers, so you don’t want to be an oasis in a sea of crap.


Try to get your neighbors involved by recommending some flowers and plants to get them started. Almost everyone (non-birders included!) loves attracting hummingbirds to their backyard.  You could even show them this post:


Tip #29: Deadhead the dead!


What is the purpose of a flower?


It’s not to look pretty. It’s to get pollinated and produce seeds. Once a plant has produced enough flowers that turn into seed, it will stop making new buds. From the plants perspective, it thinks it has done its job.


But from a hummingbirds perspective, a plant that quits producing flowers is useless! They want fresh flowers full of nectar. A hummer could care less if a plant produces seed for next year.


Luckily, we can encourage plants to keep producing more flowers by deadheading the dying or fading ones. Since we are removing the potential seeds, the plant will continue growing new flowers, which is excellent for hummingbirds! The below video gives a demonstration:


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Tip #30: Place your hummingbird garden wisely.


Just remember that many flowers that attract hummingbirds also draw in bees and other pollinators. You may not want all these other insects right outside your back door.


If you want to minimize the insects flying around your hummingbird garden, then try to find scentless flowers. This is because insects find their nectar sources by smell, where hummingbirds find flowers by sight, which is why the color red is so popular among hummingbird enthusiasts.


8 Additional Tips For a Successful Hummingbird Habitat


Tip #31: Be patient.


If you want to attract hummingbirds, the first step is creating a backyard habitat they want to visit.


The second step is waiting.


As you are getting started, please tame your expectations. It’s unlikely that you are going to hang a feeder or plant a few flowers and suddenly dozens of hummingbirds appear.


It can take days, weeks, or months before hummingbirds find your yard and start visiting regularly. They need to know that the food sources you provide can be relied upon and are consistent.


Don’t get discouraged!


But once they trust you, watch out! They will start visiting all the time. Hummingbirds will even remember from year to year where your feeders and flowers are located.


Tip #32: Don’t use pesticides in your yard.


Nectar is only a part of a hummingbird’s diet. They also eat lots of small insects and spiders. So by using pesticides, you are killing and eliminating a significant source of potential food.


Interestingly, hummingbirds use spider webs to help construct their nest and hold it together. You may hate spiders, but they are beneficial when it comes to attracting hummers.


On a side note, if you want hummingbirds in your yard, it may be time to get over your fear of spiders!


Tip #33: Put out those old bananas!


fruit flies on a banana for hummingbird food


Fruit flies are an excellent source of food and protein for hummingbirds. As your fruit is going bad, find a (hidden?) place in your garden set it out. As you probably have experienced, the rotting fruit will bring plenty of flies, which should help attract hummingbirds.


Tip #34: Provide potential nesting locations.


Hummingbirds prefer small deciduous trees and dense shrubs to build nests and raise their family.


Tip #35: Supply moving water.


Installing a drip fountain or small misting device attracts hummingbirds the best.


Unfortunately, you probably won’t see any hummers visiting your traditional birdbath.


Tip #36: Provide perching and resting areas.


If you don’t have any natural resting places in your backyard, my recommendation is to plant some trees or bushes, so hummingbirds have a place to perch, hide, and take shelter.

annas hummingbird resting on tree


Even though hummingbirds need to eat at least every 15 minutes while awake, they spend a lot of time resting and will appreciate different places to perch.


Tip #37: You are never done learning.


Adopt the mindset that you will never know everything about hummingbirds.


As soon as you think you have it figured out, suddenly you won’t see a hummingbird for two weeks, or your once reliable feeder suddenly falls out of favor.


Never stop learning and experimenting in your backyard. Plant new flowers each year. Try different locations for your feeders. Become a place where hummingbirds want to nest.


Pretty soon your yard may look like this!

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Tip #38: Join the community and contribute to this post! 


I want to keep making this article better and better and would appreciate hearing about your favorite ways to attract hummingbirds.


I certainly did not think of every one of the above tips myself. It was learned from years of experience and from reading many books and magazines.


Before you go, I’d love to get your thoughts?

What is your best advice for attracting hummingbirds?


Thanks for reading and happy birding!



58 responses to “38 PROVEN Tips For Attracting Hummingbirds! (2022 Guide)”

  1. Justina sanders zazuliak says:


  2. Susan Peters says:

    My hummingbird feeder is about 10 yards away from my other bird feeders, that seems sufficient. However I had to rearrange the feeders in my yard today. I have a house wren who has a nest near where I usually have my hummingbird feeders. Wrens are very territorial and will chase hummingbirds away. I mover the feeders out of the area and out of the sightline from the wren nest. Clean feeder and fresh nectar was found by male hummer within 30 minutes. Wrens aren’t “bad” just not friendly to other birds. I will relocate nest box in the fall.

  3. Tina Hamaker says:

    I was wondering how far to keep a hummingbird feeder from my normal bird feeder. Will there be any conflict? I know the food is different, but I don’t want anyone unhappy.

    • Scott says:

      I don’t know if there is an approved distance to tell you, I would give it at least ten yards and then observe how all the birds interact with each other.

  4. Darlene says:

    How cute! Have they come back?

  5. Melisse Laing says:

    I have two First Nature hummingbird feeders.Which nectar guards work on them.

  6. Barry Elkind says:

    Hi Scott, I really enjoyed the tips. Will hummingbirds come up to a sixth floor balcony in the middle of a city if they like what they see (flowers, sugar/water? (They come to a friends house garden several streets away)? Thanks! Barry

  7. Christina Aylward says:

    They adore honeysuckle and trumpet vine.

  8. Sue Weinreis says:

    Scott, I have three tips. 1. Avoid feeders with yellow color anywhere on them. We learned from a class at Wild Birds Unlimited that you should avoid buying and using hummingbird feeders that have yellow or gold colors on them. Apparantly yellow attracts wasps. Last summer, we purchased a solid red one (as pictured in your article) and we had NO wasps hanging around that feeder, while they swarmed the feeders with yellow “flowers” around the feeding holes. 2. Buy a feeder with feeding slits instead of feeding holes. This seems to deter other birds such as woodpeckers from using the feeders (and draining them!). The hummers seem to prefer the feeder with slits – perhaps because competition is reduced. 3. Plant a red trumpet vine. We live in southcentral Montana and have found that hummers will stop by for a few days around May 1; however, they come to stay around July 15 when the trumpet vines bloom.

  9. Sherril says:

    Chris, could you share a link or name for your 3-tiered fountain? Thanks!

  10. Lorraine says:

    One year, it was getting to be the end of Hummingbird season, the two Hummingbirds that frequented our feeders hovered from the front window to the side window while I was sitting watching them, as to say, “Goodbye, thanks for the food. See you next year!” I’ll never forget it….still makes me tear.

  11. Tina Hamaker says:

    What do you mean by swings? And I didn’t know that hummers celebrated Easter, LOL.

  12. Chris Land says:

    Danielle, our hummers drink and bathe in a triple tiered fountain that we got from Amazon. It’s a small one and the upper tier is very shallow with the bubbler water supply coming out of the middle ornament. Our hummers don’t like misters. I have no idea why. Anyway, hummers will bathe in any water that has about 1/2″ of water or less. They will hover and sip from the supply line.

  13. Susanna says:

    Thanks for this article- so many helpful tips! I am in southern BC, Canada and would love to hang a feeder for the hummingbirds that stay over winter. I might be moving away at the start of March though and I worry that if it is still cold, there might be birds that have come to rely on my feeder. Do you think they will find another source of nectar if I suddenly take the feeder away? I do live in a small town so I was hoping they would go to another feeder instead but I know they don’t like to share. Do you think it would hinder rather than help them if I put a feeder out and then take it away again?

  14. Rachael Trinklein says:

    Thanks for the tips. I might try to the banana trick.

  15. Dana says:

    I must have smart Hummers, because they fly up to my windows and hover when I am standing there as if to say “I see you watching me”. It is amazing, and they do this at multiple windows. They also hover outside my screened porch when I am out there. South Carolina

  16. SandySue says:

    This seems to be an off year for us in Georgia, however they have been back in the last 3 weeks.

  17. Carol Watts says:

    We live In Kansas City, zone 6. A few years ago I planted a few cleome, an old fashioned, tall flower, comes principally in a white, pink or purple variety, and if you’re lucky it reseeds itself. I think the ones I bought were biennial, so I planted two the next year also, just in case, mixed into my herb garden. They are a little Martian-looking, bloom all summer, and my hummers adore them. Mixed in some red, tubular tropicals in containers on the patio, and now I find I definitely need more feeders.
    PS – we are heavily landscaped here, and have a little waterfall.

  18. Linda says:

    I’m in Fort Myers and I’m working on trying to attract some hummingbirds. I’ve just begun this project, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I know they are here, but I’m just wondering how abundant they actually are.

  19. Buddy Batten says:

    We had hummingbird coming last year and now it’s like they have stopped coming and I want to no what to do to get them coming back could someone please let me know thanks

  20. Danielle Cushion says:

    What is a good missing bird bath for hummingbirds? I searched amazon but wasn’t impressed with the offerings. Any recommendations?

    Also, what are the best tubular perennials to plant to attract them?


  21. Jon r says:

    Hello. We just moved into a home and saw a hummingbird two weeks ago. We put out a feeder and now we have two that hate each other lol. I’d like to make a small garden so they don’t have to rely just on the feeder. Anyone in South Carolina know what local plants work best?

  22. Patricia Jarrett says:

    Leave your feeders well out into the fall or winter. I did this by mistake and found out that in addition to migratory hummingbirds we also have resident hummingbirds that stay all year. Through the winter we have about 1/3 of the hummingbirds and as most of the flowers are not blooming and producing nectar it is up to us to keep it going. I live on Vancouver Island, Canada.

  23. donna baek says:


    I have 4 regulars who visit 2 feeders. They also love the flowers I’ve planted. This year I went whole hog and am putting in Ll their faves. However, they now only seem to like the feeders and no longer seem to visit any of the flowers they used to love. I spent a lot of time and effort to build them a garden. Should I take down the feeders? I keep them filled promptly. I’m afraid they’ll leave if I do. What do you think?

    • Scott says:

      If they are visiting your feeders, I wouldn’t take them down and mess with a good thing. I’m sure they will eventually start visiting your flowers too.

  24. Adele says:

    My hummingbird feeder is lonely this year. Why? I have many plants that they love… could it be that I put the feeders out too late? I haven’t given up and change the nectar religiously.

  25. Grace says:

    Florida does not seem to be the best state for hummingbirds. I know they are here, one flew in my yard and looked right at me, then flew away. I am now planting hummer flowers. However I don’t see many posts from Florida about hummers in their gardens. Any additional advice for me?

  26. Lynette Rankin says:

    Do not follow #8 and #20. Nothing should be added to your homemade nectar, just sugar and water. Also, window feeders contribute to injury. Birds fly into the window and get hurt.

    • Scott says:

      Lynette, thanks for the comment. I will respectfully disagree. There has been no evidence to support that adding NectarDefenders is detrimental to hummingbirds. Also, having a window bird feeder does not contribute to birds flying into windows. In fact, it seems to help them know that a window is there. I have never had a bird fly into my window from using window feeders. The biggest danger seems to be when bird feeders are placed within about 3 to 10 feet from a window. This is because a bird gets scared at the feeder and flys away from a predator and doesn’t have enough time to realize the window is there.

  27. Brownboys says:

    for five years I get 3 to visit looks like I get one boss but they seem to be playing to me I have eight feeders out and the boss is so busy looking over the one feeder others come so the he /she can chase them only to go to my other feeders so the boss in the one not have fun lol

  28. dmg says:

    Had a great last year feeding hummingbirds. This year, same location, so far they come right up to the feeder, hover and then leave without feeding. They seem confused, sometimes going to the opposite end of the feeder or coming to the window as if to say “HEY” to me? LOL – I have washed the feeders and my nectar is brand new. Not sure what’s going on. 🙁

  29. Veronica Solomon says:

    Thank you so much. Much of this I knew but I learned so much. I live near Cleveland ohio and I have been trying to get hummingbirds for years. I put in some plants( many that you mentioned) and slowly I started getting them but what I have found what attracts them the most for me is the cardinal vine. They just flutter around it and eat. I want to try the hand held nectar dot. Thanks for the suggestion

  30. Lia says:

    Red food coloring in nectar is NOT good for hummingbirds, ever. Also, a ratio of more than 1:4 sugar to water is also harmful to them. Please do your homework, or simply plant high-nectar flowers for them instead of making nectar.

  31. Marty says:

    In California we having hummingbirds year round. I have been feeding them for decades. Whenever I put out a new feeder I attach a red ribbon to the bottom of the feeder to help attach hummingbirds.

  32. Jax schivo says:

    Doesn’t the premade nectar have vitamins, not just sugar and water?

  33. Giovannina says:

    Believe it or not, one is in the front yard and one is in the backyard. I see them chase each other over the house back and forth!!! lol
    I’m hoping if I put out more feeders it will bring more hummers and they HAVE TO SHARE!!

  34. Giovannina says:

    This is a fabulous article and even though I have been doing quite a lot of these tips for years, I learned even more. Question:
    I usually only get 2 or three hummers a season, I have 3 feeders but plan to put more this year. Problem is the hummers never share!! They chase each other away from the feeders so I never see more than one at a time and when I do they are “fighting” with each other! Have you heard of this happening? I live in Long Island, NY.

    • Scott says:

      Yep, hummingbirds can be aggressive and territorial. You may want to try and spread your feeders out as far as possible around your yard. ~Scott

  35. gary m wellendorf says:

    Hey Scott, another year starting can’t wait for the hummingbirds! Had a great winter I put a platform feeder for the cardinals and jays that stuck around, and a section of a branch with some holes drilled for my homemade suet plugs. I’m on my fourth generation of Downies, they have 3 babies every time. I put the feeders right in front of my living room window. Made for a great show all winter, I’ve got 2 adult red bellies and a juvenile. The chickadees and grey tufted titmouse along with the nuthatch are here in full force. Just waiting on the hummers, what do you recommend for the best climbing plants to plant near my feeders? we’re almost neighbors being from Youngstown, Ohio. You have always given great advice!

  36. Julie says:

    I live in the Hill Country of Central Texas (50 miles West of Austin), I put up two feeders and made the nectar per your recipe (no red dye). I have hummingbirds coming, they are drinking but they are not feeding long enough to empty the feeders. Am I doing something wrong?

  37. Steven Wood says:

    Pretty difficult to keep squirrels away from the feeder unless I hang it high away from trees which of course means intense sunlight in Wyoming.

  38. Teresa Ann Stueck says:

    himmer not himmer sorry yall

  39. Teresa Ann Stueck says:

    I just wanted to say that the more a himmer feeder costs doesnt mean the hummers will like it more …they wont care about the pricetag so why not get a simple well easy to clean with hot water hummingbird feeder?

  40. Tom says:

    Warm water does help dissolve the sugar better, I never use tap water, it develops mold to quickly, I use bottled purified water.

  41. Kathleen Farney says:

    Papier mache is not an outdoor medium! It will get wet, then moldy…not good for critters! Why not come up with another medium to build them? Wood, pvc, etc. Sounds like you are creative and I am sure there are many ideas online, esp. Pinterest.

  42. Scott, I’ve got 7 or 8 hummingbirds coming steady. I built some houses for them with the paper mache but the weather tears them up,I started putting a roof on which helps somewhat. Am I missing something or do you have any advise?

  43. Barbara says:

    Denise, I live in Southern California and have been feeding the little guys for years. Some evenings in the winter, I’ll get up to 50 birds at my feeder at a time.
    I learned this trick from people in Washington state and other places where they winter over. You can “winterize ” your nectar by adding 1 1/2 cups of sugar per quart of water. I do this when the temperature starts going below 50 degrees at night. Even though we don’t get much frost, we get cold, rainy weather, and winter is their breeding season here..
    The higher sugar concentration helps keep the sugar water from freezing, and gives them energy they really need. In cold weather, they go dormant at night, so they really like to feed right before it gets dark. Or right at sunrise. The extra sugar is still within the natural sweetness of flowers they visit, like sage.

  44. Barbara Paine says:

    Keep an eye out for praying mantis. If your feeders get very popular, they may begin staking them out. I use a a baffle over all my feeders so they can’t get on them.
    The 4 inch long mantis that preys on hummingbirds is the Chinese import sold in those egg cases at garden stores. If I find them, they are escorted off my property. They may be “natural pest control”, but they kill bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
    Also, nearly all feeder bases can be put in the top rack of the dishwasher for cleaning. Avoid feeders with a lot of nooks and crannies. This will save you a lot of scrubbing. You don’t want your feeders to get moldy ever. It causes them to get a horrible fungus infection where their little throats close up and they starve. Its pitiful to see. I was told this be a hummingbird rehabilitation specialist.

  45. Lynn Thornton says:

    Wonderful article and now I’m inspired to get the same type of hummingbird friendly yard! I live in Apache Junction, AZ and have over an acre that is in desperate need of landscaping. Now I know how to start!

  46. Penny L. Yantis says:

    They do migrate, but they do so in their own time. The later you can keep food out for the travelers, ther more that will survive the trip. It doesn’t change when they leave.

  47. BeBe says:

    I have found from my own experience that the scouts come & find the food source. They will come for a few days to a week & then they go. It could be up to 2 weeks or more before coming back. I think this is due to building nest, getting settled in, mating & adjusting to the area.

    I live in South Carolina & have determined that if Easter comes early, I place my feeders out by March 15th. If Easter comes late, I place the feeders out by April 1st. I have lots of Humming birds & I make 2 gallons of nectar about every 5 days. I have to fill my feeders every 2 days. I have 5 ( 1 quart) feeders out. My hummers are a;l over them all the time.

    I have 2 feeders under my carport & they love it there. I also make humming bird swings & put them near the feeders & all 4 swings always have a bird sitting there.

  48. D. Ward says:

    Simply by accident but one or two (they grow fast) are Hot Lip Sage plants. It seems they are all the rage in Hummingbird land. Along with this hanging baskets full of everything from bromiliads to fuscha to ivy are a real hit when topped with Mister timed to run just a few minutes each morning. Finally a waterfall seems gather their fancy. I dont know why. Great article! I work on a construction crew filled with the ubiquitous rough talking, walking, working hombres. Its nice to come home and see these little guys and girls flying around digging life. Takes the stress right out of these bones.

    Is it true these birds migrate? If so, are we knocking them off their timetable by feeding them?

  49. Nicole says:

    I have a question.. I put out a hummingbird feeder and right away I had two that came all day for a week or two and then they stopped. I did catch them making appearances but no where near what I saw a first. My question is, why?? I did have to change the direction the feeder was (deck railing) but it’s still in the same corner. I do change the nectar more because we’ve gotten allot of rain and more hot days but I still don’t see them like I did. Do I need to do something else or am I doing something wrong?

  50. gary wellendorf says:

    yes your right on the money.I’ve tried painting the outside, even used that ” seen on t.v. ” waterproofing lol. they still colapse. so any suggestions would help or even another type of house you might know of.I’m just trying to persuade them to hang out instead of heading back to the woods.I do have a row of large red cedars, and an assortment of flowers right by the feeders.

  51. Denise says:

    Great tips! We live in northern Nevada and have always thought that we should take feeders down later in the year so the birdies have a chance to fill up before migrating south. We waited for them to stop visiting the feeders, but they never stopped. So we decided to leave the feeders up, and paid close attention to the weather. We discovered that they stayed throughout the winter. We do bring the feeders in at night when the temps are forecasted to drop below freezing and then put them out early morning.

    I wouldn’t think this is the best way to have them around and does require commitment to make sure they have food during the day. But it’s worked for the past few years and we still have hummers coming to our feeders.

  52. gary wellendorf says:

    Scott, I’ve got 7 or 8 hummingbirds coming steady. I built some houses for them with the paper mache but the weather tears them up,I started putting a roof on which helps somewhat. Am I missing something or do you have any advise?

    • Scott says:

      Hey Gary! Sorry, I think I’m not understanding your question? Are you wondering how to keep a paper mache house from getting tore up by the weather?

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