Which type of hummingbird feeder do I need?

Because of their small size, quick flight pattern and migratory nature, hummingbirds can be tricky but rewarding to spot. Setting up a hummingbird feeder is one of the simplest ways you can attract hummingbirds to your yard. There are many types of nectar feeders available including saucer, window, gravity and more. With so many possibilities, consider these factors when choosing a hummingbird feeder for your yard.

When are hummingbirds in your area?

If you live in a location where hummingbirds are present year-round, chances are your climate is warm and you may be hanging your feeder in a hot, sunny location. Hummingbirds that do not migrate are also less territorial, meaning you can feed more birds at once and will need a feeder with a larger number of feeding ports and perches. Our artisan hand blown glass feeders, like the Artisan Gravity Hummingbird Feeder - Spring Rain, have a beautiful colored glass pattern that is only achievable by artisan process and will not fade over time like other feeders. It also has six flexible lifelike flower ports and a built-in continuous perching ring that allows space for more hummingbirds.

Where will you be placing your feeder?

Placing feeders near flower beds or planters may help you attract more birds to your yard. Most hummingbird feeders come with hanging hooks so you can hang them from a pole or tree. You may even consider a feeder with an additional hanging hook built into the bottom, like the So Real 3D Flower Hummingbird Feeder - Pink, so you can connect multiple feeders from top to bottom, increasing amount of hummingbirds you can feed in one location.

For a close-up view of the hummingbirds, you may want to put up a window feeder. Window feeders, like the So Real Window Hummingbird Feeder - Honeysuckle, are built with a suction cup mounting system that attaches directly to your window, giving you a unique opportunity to see these flying jewels up close like never before.


How many hummingbirds do you typically feed in a season?

If you receive only a few hummingbird visitors in a season, you may opt for a lower capacity feeder like the Mason Jar Hummingbird Feeder or the So Real Mini 3D Hummingbird Feeder. Less nectar is needed in these smaller feeders, making it less wasteful for you and fresher for the hummingbirds.

If you regularly feed or sight ten or more hummingbirds in your yard, you may need a large capacity feeder like the Artisan Gravity Hummingbird Feeder - Sunny Day or the So Real Gravity Hummingbird Feeder - Pink Fuchsia. These types of feeders can hold 20+ ounces of nectar, ensuring that you have enough food for all of your visitors.



Which style of hummingbird feeder do you like best?

Nectar feeders come in seemingly endless beautiful, unique and traditional designs. Looking for a durable, hand-blown glass feeder with colors that won’t fade over time? Check out the Garden Hummingbird Feeder - Molten. Or how about a feeder that looks like a real flower, like the So Real series? Give the So Real 3D Flower Hummingbird Feeder – Purple a try. Looking for a classic design? Our Traditional Gravity Hummingbird Feeder is sure to be a favorite for both you and the hummingbirds.

For a unique, decorative design, take a look at the Illuminated Hummingbird Feeder. It comes equipped with a solar-powered LED light that transforms it from a daytime feeder into a beautiful lantern at night!



What features are you looking for in a hummingbird feeder?

It’s important to be a responsible host for your hummingbirds to keep them healthy and safe. Nectar feeders should be cleaned 1-2 times a week, so be sure to choose a feeder that is easy to fill and clean. All Nature’s Way nectar feeders are dishwasher safe with removable parts, making them simple for you to disassemble and clean.

Bees and ants are naturally attracted to the sweet nectar inside a hummingbird feeder, but these insects can create problems for you and the hummingbirds. Many feeders come equipped with a built-in ant moat to deter these frequent feeder pests. If bees are a concern, look for a feeder with a domed bee-resistant design.


What is your budget?

Hummingbird feeders can range from less than $10 up to $30 or more. With a wide variety of features available at every price range, you’re sure to find a feeder with innovative designs at the budget you desire.

Comment on this post (4 comments)

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Amy, Thanks for reaching out! Rest assured the hummers can reach the nectar in your feeder even if you don’t fill it to capacity. The hummingbird sticks its beak into the flower or opening and then extends its tongue into the nectar. The hummingbirds’ tongues are quite long (about twice as long as their beak!), have a very different structure than you might think and they are able to reach far down in to drink the nectar. You can read more about how a hummingbird drinks on our website blog. Happy birding!

    July 26, 2021

  • Amy Rogers says...

    I just assembled my bird feeder and filled it with sugar water as directed. It has three red flowers but they do not look like they will reach the water unless it is almost full. Is there something you put inside the flowers to help the birds get to the sugar water?

    July 26, 2021

  • Nature's Way Bird Products says...

    Hi Susan,
    To find the chains, please inspect the entire outside of the foam packing. The chains are taped in an indent on what would be the outside front of the foam packing. Happy birding!

    April 15, 2021

  • Susan Rzucidlo says...

    I purchased your solar powered hummingbird feeder and there is no chain included. Is that correct?

    April 15, 2021

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