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How to Hang a Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbird feeders are a brilliant addition to any yard or garden- their proper hanging and placement can ensure enjoyment all season long, for bird and watcher alike.


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    Determine your feeder type. The majority of hummingbird feeders come with a J-hook from which to hang them; however, some are meant to be screwed onto the railings of decks.
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    Find a good spot for the feeder. The feeder should be set up in a relatively shady place, with plenty of perches nearby. Make sure to account for your view when you chose a place for the feeder; it's a treat to watch these iridescent birds. Consider placing the feeder within view of a window. Because you'll need frequent access to it for cleaning and refilling, the location should be easily accessible, and not too tall for you to reach.
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    Install the feeder. Deck-type feeders will need to be secured to a flat, wooden surface with screws, whereas hanging feeders simply need their J-hook top hooked over a stable branch, or a hook on the eaves of your house.


  • While red is a favored color, hummingbirds will come to any nectar-rich flower.
  • Consider multiple feeders, out of sight from one another. Male hummingbirds can be aggressive and territorial about food and roosting locations- more than one location ensures more birds.
  • Saucer-type feeders are usually intended to be hung, but provided the bottom is flat, you can remove the hanging apparatus and set the feeder on a flat surface.
  • Red ribbon and proximity to flowers will attract birds to the feeder.
  • If there are no branches small enough to accommodate the hook at the top of your hanging feeder, you can tie a loop of ribbon or string to the branch (red ribbon helps to attract hummingbirds) and hang the J-hook from that. Alternately, you can screw another, smaller hook into either a tree or the eaves of a building, and hang the feeder from that.
  • Before hanging your feeder, you should consider installing an ant moat or ant guard; basically, a small-cup shaped barrier for ants, hung between the feeder and the support.
  • You can hang the feeder as early as two weeks before you expect to see any birds, and keep it up several weeks after your last sighting: availability of food won't prevent the hummingbirds from migrating, and keeping a source of nectar out early or late can give stragglers and early migrators a boost for the long flight.


  • Never use honey, artificial sweeteners, or red dye in your nectar.
  • Watch for mold in the feeder, and clean it as often as you replace the nectar, without detergents.
  • Be aware of windows and predators. If there are outdoor cats, don't use a deck-feeder or a low-hanging feeder. Don't hang feeders directly in front of windows; the birds may not see them, and kill or injure themselves against the glass.
  • Remove the feeder during storms with heavy winds, to prevent damaging.
  • Make sure that the feeder is secure, especially if hung from a tree. All parts should fit together firmly, and there should be no danger of the J-hook bouncing off. If you're concerned, tie the feeder to its branch.

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