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 prevent bees?
►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 attached to
►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?
► Aspect 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.
►Aspects Hummingbird Mini: This eight-ounce feeder is a smaller
version of the Excel. It is a great choice for those territorial hummers
that don’t like to share or for when there are only a few hummers
frequenting your garden.
►Droll 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 around.
Another good choice would be plastic window feeders. Here’s a good
► Droll Yankee Window Hummingbird Feeder: This six-ounce
capacity feeder has two feeding ports. It allows us to watch
hummingbirds one or two feet from our face. The ports are positioned
for unobstructed viewing, and the feeder stays in place with two
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 attractiveness to
hummingbirds. All lack flowerlike targets, but the hummingbirds have no
difficulty using them.
► Nature’s Best: This feeder comes with either an 8- or 32-ounce
capacity bottle. Each has an eight-port base, and the tiny ports are
►Best-1: This feeder has a 32-ounce capacity bottle and eight feeding
ports. It has small, bee-resistant ports like the Nature’s Best feeders.
►Opus 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
►Perky Pet 211: Holds eight ounces of nectar.
►Perky Pet 220 Grand Master: Holds 48 ounces.
►Bird Company Fliteline Feeder: This 30-ounce feeder is similar to the Perky Pet models, but has an hourglass shape.