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Balcony Hummingbird Feeders

by Michael
(Asheville, NC)


Will Hummingbirds Use a Feeder on a Balcony?

I am moving to a 4th floor apartment which has a balcony. Will hummingbirds use a feeder that high off the ground?

The Answer to Your Question is, Yes!

Hi Michael

Yes they will. You may have to work a little to get their attention first though.

Here is a list of things you can do to attract Hummers to your balcony:

    1. Make sure your feeder is hung on the balcony so that it is visible from lower points of view. Above the railing would be a good location.If it is too close to the building then it may not be seen.

    Be sure to use a dripless feeder. Your neighbors below may not appreciate the sticky syrup on their balcony. And neither of you will like the little ants or bees that will follow. ;)

    2. Hang flowering plants close to your feeder. Tube style blossoms like a fuscia work well. The plants will also supply spiders and other bugs to help round out the Hummers diet.

    3. Hanging artificial flowers will have the same effect at attracting the wild birds if you do not want to use real flowers.

    4. Red is a good color to attract Hummingbirds along with a few other colors like orange and yellow. All bright colors will attract them but these three have been proven to be most effective.

    5. Tying bright colored ribbon to your balcony will also provide the attraction factor too.

    6. Providing the sound of water will also act as a magnet.

    Wild birds love water!

    If you set up a bird bath with a mister or a dripper the Hummingbirds may delight you with aerial bathing swoops! You will be able to purchase a mister or dripper on the bird bath page.

Once you have successfully attracted one Hummingbird, then your battle is over, others will soon follow. And if you are faithful to hang your feeders every year, they will not disappoint you.

More Interesting Facts on Hummer Feeders!

Cleaning Hummingbird Feeders The little Hummingbird is a feisty and fussy diner! If a good maintenance regimen is followed, bird watching in your backyard will be more rewarding.

Hummingbird Feeder Nectar Attracts Unwelcome Guests Invited guests such as ants, bees and the more common animal pests such as raccoons, squirrels, and bears are not welcome guests.

Keeping Hummingbird Feeders From Freezing Keeping Hummingbird nectar from freezing in colder climates is very possible and I have some great info that will help you do this successfully.

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Yes they will come!!
by: Anonymous

I live on the 21st floor of a highrise in the middle of the city of St Louis and have a small red glass feeder on the East side of the building & provide homemade food (1/3 sugar: 2/3 water) ... no other flowers/plants/etc were necessary to attact them and for 2 years they have been feeding from my balcony all summer long. My friends are amazed they will come up so high to feed. Great Fun Watching them! So yes.. they will visit a balcony! LOL

Feisty Hummingbirds
by: Judy

Hi Ellen,

This is very typical Hummingbird behaviour. They are very feisty creatures and sharing quietly at feeders together is just not part of their makeup! Hummingbirds will fight for the sole use of a feeder.

You could hang another feeder at the other end of the balcony. This will not stop them from protecting the feeder they want but may give others more opportunity to feed.

Happy birding!


Hummingbird Feeders
by: Cane

The balcony humming bird feeder design posted on the webpage is very interesting. I have many wild birds and some of the feeders posted on the website are great and very efficient. I have tried some of them. Keep up the good work.

Hummers that don't share with others
by: Ellen

On my mom's balcony one little guy runs everyone off. What to do?

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