Hummingbird feeders can be styled like a bottle or saucer, and are made to hold nectar for hummingbirds. These feeders are enclosed and often made of glass or plastic, with anywhere from one to six feeding ports. Most feeders have red ports or red bases, as this color is known to help attract hummingbirds. Bee guards and ant moats are often incorporated into the design, to keep insect pests from contaminating the nectar. Be sure to clean the exterior of the feeder at every filling to keep nectar residue from accumulating.

Hummingbird Feeders at Natural Gardens

Hummingbird Feeders at Natural Gardens

Proper mix for use in Hummingbird Feeders.

Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water. It’s not necessary to boil the water. The microorganisms that cause fermentation don’t come from the water; they are transported to the feeder on hummingbird bills. Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

To maintain a healthy ecosystem in your yard:
  1. Eliminate pesticides. …
  2. Make sure your yard contains insect-pollinated flowers as well as hummingbird-pollinated plants.
  3. Hang a basket with overripe fruit or banana peels close to a hummingbird feeder to attract tiny fruit flies.
  4. Use native plants.

Are Hummingbirds Aggressive?

Chasing away intruders is a common way hummingbirds are territorial and show aggression. A dominant hummingbird may first confront the intruder, often at a feeding area, before charging at them and following them far away from the feeder or flowerbeds.