We’re always keen to share our favorite garden items, so here we cover what we’ve found to be the best hummingbird feeders.
Last year, we got to know a lot about hummingbirds, hummingbird food, and hummingbird feeders. This year we’ve settled on our favorite feeder out of the three we’ve tried.
Let’s start with a very popular type. Hummers and bird aficionados like this style. But based on our experience, it ranks lowest of the three we’ve tested.
“Pinched Waist” Feeder
- Red glass vessel
- Wide mouth for easy filling
- Perch at each “flower”
- Least costly
- Cheaply made
- Puny ant moat
- Bee guards break
- Pain to clean- requires disassembly of fragile parts
- Tends to leak
- AMZN reviews-35% at 3 stars or below-17% one star
“Antique Style” Red Bottle Feeder
We have the original hummingbird feeder we bought last year. Instead of flower like protrusions, the feeding ports are embedded in the top of a tray that screws onto a red glass bottle. Red coated metal flowers are embedded in the top.
- Looks attractive
- Holds @ 20 ounces
- Red glass (may be slightly more attractive birds)
- Fairly easy to clean (just three parts)
- Narrow bottle opening makes cleaning and filling a challenge
- No ant guard
- First one we had, one of the “flowers” came off the base. (Returned to store for free replacement)
- Heavier than many others
Copper and Clear Glass Feeder
We took a chance on this 11-ounce copper hummingbird feeder. Both our nectar and the bottle are clear (we’re not fans of red food coloring). Turns out the hummers had no issue finding the feeder and coming to it repeatedly. In fact, it appears to be their favorite. For reasons listed below, it’s our favorite too.
- Most attractive bottle design, metal top and tray cover
- Easy to see fluid level
- Moderate price (@ $21)
- Very easy to disassemble and clean
- Easy to fill
- No ant moat
- Bottle holds just 11 ounces (more frequent refills)
- Prone to be more wind blown than heavier feeders
Hummingbird Feeder Review – Copper and Clear Glass Feeder – Video
In this video Coleman discusses our favorite hummingbird feeder amongst the various ones we’ve tried over the past couple years. He also touches on the myth of red food to attract them
While not perfect, the copper feeder wins hands down. The lack of an ant moat can be solved with an inexpensive add-on which may also help lessen the wind effect. And it’s better to have a smaller nectar capacity so that frequent change outs (NOT topping offs!) can occur along with cleaning.
For a full article on hummingbird information, including food recipes and more videos, you may enjoy this article.
DIY Bird Feeder Baffle Thwarts Raccoons and Squirrels
We have a raccoon addicted to the sugar water of the hummingbird food. We have some nighttime video cam footage from last year of it going to all kinds of antics before succeeding at accessing the nectar.
Well, no sooner had we put the feeders out this year and the raccoon started draining them at night. We caught him in the act and posted that video in this Hummingbird Food Recipe article.
Clearly, he remembered it because he was back by the second night the feeders were out. Rather than having to bring them all in at night, I worked up a raccoon baffle. We got footage of him trying it and it worked like a charm. You can see the construction details in this video.
G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson