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Here are some factors to take into consideration
when purchasing a hummingbird feeder::
Is the feeder easy to clean? How easily does it snap apart? Do I need a
brush to clean it?
►Does it leak?
►Are the feeding ports spaced so that several
hummingbirds can feed at
►Are the feeding ports small enough to discourage or
►Can I see hummingbirds when they feed on ports that
are on the
opposite side of my viewing point?
►Does the feeder have a built-in moat to keep ants
out? If not, should I
buy a moat to hang just above the feeder?
Is the feeder easy to hang? Can it be mounted on a post or
►Is the feeder attractive to look at? (Unfortunately,
some of the most
beautiful hummingbird feeders are not very functional.)
►Is the feeder too heavy?
►Is the feeder well constructed and durable?
Hummingbird Excel: This
is a 16-ounce capacity feeder with
six feeding ports. It can be suspended from a built-in
hanger or post
mounted. The feeding ports are difficult for bees to use,
and there is a
built-in ant moat.
Hummingbird Mini: This
eight-ounce feeder is a smaller
version of the Excel. It is a great choice for those
that don't like to share or for when there are only a
frequenting your garden.
Yankee Happy Eight: This
is a 32-ounce feeder with eight
ports that are widely spaced. The Happy Eight is a good
choice at the
peak of migration or any time there are lots of hummers
Another good choice would be plastic window feeders. Here's
Droll Yankee Window
Hummingbird Feeder: This
capacity feeder has two feeding ports. It allows us to
hummingbirds one or two feet from our face. The ports are
for unobstructed viewing, and the feeder stays in place
suction cups that are provided. Though it is not
bee-proof, it is our
favorite window feeder, and we've tried them all!
Some people prefer glass bottle feeders with a plastic
base. These three
popular feeders are a little heavy and they require a
bottle brush for cleaning
as well as a funnel for filling, but they rank high in
hummingbirds. All lack flowerlike targets, but the
hummingbirds have no
difficulty using them.
Best: This feeder
comes with either an 8- or 32-ounce
capacity bottle. Each has an eight-port base, and the
tiny ports are
This feeder has a
32-ounce capacity bottle and eight feeding
ports. It has small, bee-resistant ports like the Nature's
Garden Jewel: This
10-ounce, pear-shaped feeder is glass above
and has plastic bee-resistant feeding ports beneath.
Another popular type of feeder has a clear plastic
nectar-filled cylinder above
a red plastic base with ports that resemble yellow
flowers. Here are some
Pet 211: Holds
eight ounces of nectar.
Pet 220 Grand Master: Holds
Company Fliteline Feeder: This
30-ounce feeder is similar to the Perky Pet models, but has an hourglass
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