The flower nectar and sugar water that hummingbirds find on feeders are the primary sources of the energy they need for both metabolism and flying. For protein supply, hummingbirds get it from eating insects and tiny spiders. Having the right hummingbird feeder parts is vital to their overall health and survival.
How do you choose the right hummingbird feeder?
There are many factors that you can look at to find the right feeder. But there are only two determining criteria you can focus on.
First, you need to know that you must only choose a feeder that you can and are willing to clean, and hang properly. Remember, molds and bacteria can easily grow, they could be a source of disease for the hummingbirds if the feeder is always dirty. Don’t leave the hummingbird’ water more than two or three days before changing it. During summer or hot weather, make sure to change the water every day.
Since you will have to clean the feeder regularly, better choose one with parts that are simple to dismantle and put back together.
Second when feeding hummingbirds, you must consider the size of the feeder. The ideal size would be the ones that the hummingbirds in your location can empty out. Take note also that hummers are typically and very territorial in their feeding areas. It means that setting up five small feeders with a feeding port each, hanged on different trees, would attract more hummingbirds. This is compared with setting up one huge feeder that has many ports.
What feeders are recommended?
To give you ideas on the best hummingbird feeders, here’s a list of top three selling products at Amazon:
1) First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder
This is the #1 best selling feeder in the store. It’s the most favorite feeder because of the ease of cleaning it thoroughly. It’s made up of durable plastic. It has three parts which are easy to remove and put back together. It comes with a large mouth that’s also easy to fill. The feeder has 10 feeding ports with a perch that goes around. Some really like it for not attracting too many bees.
2) Perky-Pet 203CPBN Pinch Waist Glass Hummingbird Feeder with Free Nectar
This one is next on the list and stands out because hummingbirds seem to be very much attracted to this model. It must be the arrangement of the flower design, and the perch where hummers can rest. Unlike the usual feeders, this one has a top plastic cap that can be unscrewed. The glass bottle can stand on its own, and it will be the right time for you to pour the juice. It has a wide mouth that makes pouring of the juice very easy.
3) First Nature 3051 Hummingbird Feeder, 16-Ounce
This is another best-selling product that amazes the hummingbird lovers because it’s very simple to clean. Hummingbirds flock happily with this feeder, having more space for them to stand on the outer ledge. Others are content with its design of a plastic top that has a wide opening, and a tough base that doesn’t drip.
Lastly, let me leave you with a very practical tip when changing feeders. When you set-up a new feeder, know that they may not feed immediately. They will have to familiarize themselves first. But once they get used to it and adapt, they will come and visit regularly. It may help that you hang the old feeder together with the new one. Just make sure it’s empty. Enjoy the hummingbirds as they come.