How to Select the Best Hummingbird Feeder for Your Garden

There are many materials, styles, and sizes of hummingbird feeders on the market. At Cockatoo Creations, we offer a wide variety of the best hummingbird feeders available today. We take the time to research each feeder and strive to provide detailed and accurate descriptions. To maximize your enjoyment and fulfillment, here are some tips in choosing and using the right hummingbird feeder to fit your goals.

1) Decide where you wish to locate the feeder. Would you like a window feeder or a hanging feeder? Does the feeder come with all the accessories needed to hang it where you wish, or will you need a hanger or pole to complete the project?

2) How many and what size feeder(s) do you need? This decision depends upon your location. Hummingbirds are almost everywhere, but much more abundant in some locations. The more feeders you have, the more likely you are to attract and satisfy numerous little hummers. The larger feeders need refilling less frequently. Some feeders even have different size bottles that allow you to adjust your feeding according to seasonal demand.

3) What features would you like, or need? Feeders vary in features and price. Ant moats are indented features, usually in the feeder top, that when filled with water or vinegar, will help prevent ants and other crawling insects from attacking the feeding ports. They can also be purchased separately and placed between the pole and the feeder. Some feeders feature bee and wasp resistant basses or ports. Many of the feeders have perches where the hummingbirds can rest while they drink the nectar, encouraging longer feeding visits. Some feeders feature an oversized, umbrella or mushroom style top to protect the nectar from the direct sunlight. Most manufactures recommend cleaning your hummingbird feeders every two to four days (more frequently during the heat of the summer). This keeps the nectar fresh for the birds.

4) Easy cleaning is a feature often mentioned by the manufacturer. This claim is usually supported by the feeder having a large mouth opening and/or being top rack dishwasher safe. Some feeders come with a cleaning brush designed to clean the ports of the sticky feeding solution, but you can purchase these separately. When using soap to hand wash the feeder, or when using a dishwasher, always follow up by rinsing with a mild bleach and water solution to rinse the parts before re-filling with sugar and water or your favorite nectar.

5) Do you prefer glass or plastic feeders? Plastic feeders are generally lighter than glass feeders and thus usually used in window feeder designs. Glass feeders are generally more expensive, but not always. Both materials will hold the nectar; it is just a matter of deciding which one works best for you.

The most fun aspect of choosing hummingbird feeders is deciding what features, style and materials looks and works best in your yard, porch or deck. There are numerous styles and a variety of materials to choose from to match your taste and décor. Find the right combination of style, features, price, number, and location; then relax and enjoy the beauty and wonder of the hungry hummingbirds while they visit your feeders.

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