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Best Hummingbird Feeder?

Started 1271954990.5 in In the Garden | Last reply 1272813373.287 by 4paws

I have had various styles that have leaked and have been hard to clean. My Perky Pet one just detached from it's top and fell to the ground. It's in the recycle container and I am on the hunt for a new one. Does anyone know of a really well designed feeder?

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bopper1271959299.68714299 PostsRegistered 8/5/2007

I would also like to know.  I have many feeders of all kinds in my yard and I have a wasp problem with the hummingbird feeders and ants.  I even have the ant guards on mine and still have a problem.  I have to hang my hummingbird feeder away from the house now because I had it on my deck and everytime I went outside there were wasps trying to get in the house.  Yuck!  There are some really pretty ones but I think they leak also.

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BlackMagic1271959975.743163 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008Southern Louisiana

Although not the prettiest, the HummZinger does not leak and is extremely easy to clean. I own 3 of them.


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Knitgirly1271960567.1731870 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007

I have found the best hummingbird feeders are actual plants they love.  All the feeders I've tried just brought ants and mess.  I've had good luck with a coral colored fuschia (sorry don't remember the species).  It has tubular flowers and they visit many times a day.  Or they love climbing morning glories too.  There are many more.   Happy bird-watching~

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Dagna1271960841.7614011 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006

They also like hibiscus - particularly red.

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Talidog1271960907.7733763 PostsRegistered 8/9/2007Heart of Dixie

Ladies, there is a wonderful handy device called an ant cup.  You fill it with water and hang your feeder from the hook underneath the cup.  Ants can't reach the nectar b/c they drown in the cup.  I bought mine at Wild Birds Unlimited, but you can probably Google "ant cup" and find one.  Good luck....K. {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

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Topaz Gem1271961077.8217841 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007Scenic New England

For ideas, if you go to duncraft.com and type 'hummingbird feeder' in the search engine, you'll see tons of them.  I have to replace my old feeder at the lake and it has to be plastic because when it gets windy up there, the feeder can smash against the side of the house.  The plastic feeder that I used to have never leaked, so I can personally recommend those.  Duncraft has both plastic and beautiful glass feeders that look like works of art.

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gardenman1271970697.5317986 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

I bought a cheap (under $5) one at Walmarts last year when my old one died and it was a very pleasant surprise. The base comes apart for cleaning. It never leaks or drips. It works like a charm and the hummers seem to like it just fine. At that price point even if I have to replace it every couple of years, it shouldn't be a problem. I love how the base opens up to really let me clean it. That's a huge bonus.

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rosehill1271985830.23511 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

Hey,that is great about the base opening, gardenman-I'm off to Walmart tomorrow-hummers are probably back in northeastern Ohio! Thank you to everyone else who answered,too!

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gillsburg1271995165.307221 PostsRegistered 7/11/2005

CHECK THESE OUT  www.SweetBandBFeeders.com.  a little expensive but my hummers love them, especially the teeter one. 


Also if you spray each hole with skin so soft from Avon the wasp or ants won't come near them and it doesn't effect the hummer.  This has been a life saver for me.

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Chicagoan1272047959.2972699 PostsRegistered 6/11/2008CHICAGOLAND

I just ordered a Hummzinger 381 yesterday from Amazon.com.  At a price point of $29, I hope it is a good one!  Hummzinger was recommended to me.

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jGalt1272407547.231695 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Texas

I see I'm late to this thread, but I recently went on a buying spree trying several different hummingbird feeders.  They leaked or they were difficult to take apart to clean or they didn't come apart completely at all.

I ended buying this feeder at a local hardware store.  It is very easy to take apart to clean.: http://ur.lc/ium

forget the price and all; I just wanted to show you a photo.

Also I am a firm believer in this ant guard.  It absolutely has worked in all the places I have lived, and whether the feeder is hanging on a tree limb or from an eave or from a stake.  I hate the cups you put water in; they are messy and fail when the rains come, and they get moldy.  This one lasts me all season, one per feeder of course.


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gardenman1272459794.87717986 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

I just had my Walmart feeder down and cleaning it yesterday and I was once again pleased at how easy it is to clean. For those interested it's made by First Nature. Their web site is www.firstnature.net. If you can't find it in your local Walmart you can order one directly from them for $9.99 plus S&H (for the 16 oz size. I didn't price the larger one). I think I paid $4.97 or some similar amount when I bought mine last year at Walmart. The bottom section just twists apart opening up the whole base to clean. It is much easier to clean than most other hummngbird feeders and (so far anyway) it hasn't dripped even though it's in a pretty exposed area and gets a lot of sun.

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LaterGator1272505695.17710299 PostsRegistered 1/9/2007

I have 4 of these.  My hummers manage to drink the nectar in about two days.  I have about 30 birds that feed from these so I needed large ones:

PerkyPet Feeders

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4paws1272813373.28722696 PostsRegistered 7/29/2006

I have the cheap plastic dishtype with the red feeders.  I got a book and these are what they show.  They come apart and are easily cleaned.  I was told by a customer that if you use the glass ones & they can see their reflection they will not use it.  Don't know if it's true but didn't want to invest in the expensive ones.  It is the First Nature one & was $4.97 at Walmart.

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