where to hang hummingbird feeder

Best Time To Hang Hummingbird Feeders

Sharing is caring!


This question was asked by a visitor. The answer to this question depends on where you live.

But, Wherever You are, Hummingbird Feeders Should Go Out Early!

It is always a good idea to hang your Hummingbird Feeders a couple of weeks earlier than you expect the Hummers to return.

Hummingbirds return to the location of feeders that they have used in previous years.

I have experienced their return before I had my feeders out and was alerted to their arrival by their swooping past my kitchen window repeatedly as if to say:

“Hey, we’re back but you are obviously not

When spring is early it is a good idea to hang your feeders out even earlier. Of course, exactly when it depends on where you are located.

Some years they can be a good 2 weeks earlier than most years, so being ahead of the little birds by preparing early is key.

Hummingbird Feeder, When Should It Go Out?

An image of several hummingbirds at a hummingbird feeder. Text reads best time to hang hummingbird feeders?

When Is the Right Time to Feed Hummingbirds?

If you are not sure when your Hummers are due to arrive back, keep track of their progress with the spring migration maps that track Hummingbirds return north each year.

This will assist you in getting your feeders out in time for their return. You will be
able to determine from watching their progress when would be a good time
to get your feeders prepared.

It’s best to start watching the map in February every year which will help you see how far they travel
in a week to determine how early to hang your feeder outside.

You can also look at earlier years and decide a likely date from that data too.

You may even decide to report the date when you first see them at your own feeders which will help others farther north from you!

Hummingbird Migration Map

Follow various types of Hummingbird spring migration at

Journey North Maps

If you would like more information about Hummers migration you will find it here: Migration Route of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird

When Hanging Your Hummingbird Feeders Early?

A hummingbird at a hummingbird feeder with text that reads

When you hang your feeders out early it is very important to keep the syrup fresh by cleaning your hummingbird feeders and changing the syrup, even though you may not have Hummingbirds feeding at them yet.

If the syrup is allowed to hang in the sun, even though the temperatures outside may not be high, the syrup could become rancid and make your wild birds sick.

So change your syrup twice a week until they return. Then increase the frequency to every second day and when it is very hot, every day.

Then everyone will enjoy this wonderful pastime more.

Happy birding!

Get new supplies for feeding Hummingbirds here.

Best Nectar Feeders & Accessories

Bestseller No. 1
Stackable Hummble Slim Hummingbird Feeder Hummingbird Feeders Metal Simple Hummingbird Feeder Circular Hanging Hummingbird Feeder, Ant and Bee Proof, Hummingbird Feeds for Outside Garden (3PC, Black)
  • 【ATTRACT MORE BIRDS】: Our metal hummingbird feeder is coated with black powder to attract more birds to your garden, backyard,...
  • 【BUILT TO LAST】: welding and durable materials ensure that our feeder will provide lasting performance and beautiful design.
  • 【BIRDS ENJOY】: The outer ring provides a resting for birds in-between feedings, allowing for longer visual enjoyment.
SaleBestseller No. 2
Hummingbird Feeder, Hummingbird Feeders for Outdoors Hanging ant and Bee Proof, Humming Birds Feeders for Outside, Plastic Hummingbird Feeder, Humming Bird Feeder, Hummingbird Feeder ant Guard 23 OZ
  • ✅Ant Protection:Hummingbird feeder ant guard, an ant moat is attached to the top of the feeder to repel ants.
  • ✅High-Capacity:Hummingbird feeder plastic can hold 23 OZ of nectar.
  • ✅High Quality:Humming bird feeders made of high quality material, easy to clean and fill.
Bestseller No. 3
Kingsyard Glass Hummingbird Feeder for Outdoor Hanging, 24 Ounces, 6 Feeding Ports, Bird Nectar Feeder for Garden Décor, Ant Moat Included, Purple
  • ATTACTIVE GARDEN DESIGN: High quality nectar glass container in nice shape, 6 flower shaped feeding ports with perches to...
  • EASY TO REFILL AND CLEAN: Holds up to 24 oz of nectar. Wide mouth bottle design is easy for filling and cleanning, and whole...
  • LEAK RESISTANT DESIGN: Watch hummingbirds perch and feed at the 6 feeding ports, unique design makes base connection proper and...
Bestseller No. 4
Hummingbird Feeder 10 oz [Set of 2] Plastic Hummingbird Feeders for Outdoors, with Built-in Ant Guard - Circular Perch with 5 Feeding Ports - Wide Mouth for Easy Filling/2 Part Base for Easy Cleaning
  • ATTRACTIVE FEEDER: [Set of 2] 10 ounces of nectar in this bright red hummingbird feeder attract multitudes of hummingbirds to your...
  • LEAKPROOF RESERVOIR: The mouth of the reservoir tightly screws onto the base, effectively sealing the bird feeder. After filling...
  • ANT GUARD FOR HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS: An ant moat is attached to the top of the feeder to repel ants. Fill it with water and drive...
Bestseller No. 5
Beautiful Circular Hanging Hummingbird Feeder, Outdoor Hanging Humming Bird Feeder Ant and Bee Proof, Hummingbird Feeds for Outside Garden, Backyard, Patio & Deck (2pcs)
  • 【ATTRACT MORE BIRDS】: Our high-quality metal hummingbird feeder is coated with black powder to attract more birds to your...
  • 【BUILT TO LAST】: Expert welding and durable materials ensure that our feeder will provide lasting performance and beautiful...
  • 【EASY TO USE】: Simply hang the feeder and fill the red High-quality Actylic bowl with up to 3-4 oz of nectar. Lightweight and...

Last update on 2023-09-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

ir?t=wbscoop 2&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B003E5X9GK


Important Hummingbird Feeder Accessories

Bestseller No. 1
Perky-Pet 205Y Replacement Yellow Bee Guards, 3.04W x 1.01D ins.
  • Replacement bee guards
  • For Perky-Pet models numbered 203CPBN, 203CPBR, 204CP-4, and 403CP
  • 4 bee guards per pack
Bestseller No. 2
Andiker 20Pcs Hummingbird Feeder Replacement Flowers with Cleaning Brush, Yellow Feeder Parts Replacement for Hanging Feeders
  • Fits for hummingbird feeder with ca. 0.23" -0.27" holes. It is a great replacement flowers for hummingbird feeder. NOTE: kindly...
  • With bright color, look like real flowers, refresh your feeder. Compared to white color, yellow color is easier to attract the...
  • Unique design. The design of artificial flowers is very suitable for hummingbirds. The design of small holes can keep dust and...
Bestseller No. 3
Aspects 384 Nectar Guard Tips, Clear, 2"
  • Allow hummingbirds to feed while keeping flying insects out.
  • Come 12 to a pack; compatible with select Aspects' hummingbird feeders
  • Tips easily slide on to the feeding port on the underside of the feeder cover
Bestseller No. 4
Metal Ant Moat for Hummingbird Feeders, Red Hummingbird Feeder Ant Guard, 3 Hooks with 3 Brushes
  • Without assembly, Integrated molding
  • Metal made, Long lasting outdoor
  • Red color, Hummingbird favorite
Bestseller No. 5
30 Sets Hummingbird Feeders Replacement Flowers Bird Accessories Bird Feeder Replacement Parts for Hummingbird Feeder Hanging Feeder(White)
  • Unique shape: Innovative flower designs add bright colors to the garden and give birds a feel. Bright colors are attractive to...
  • Plastic material: Made of high quality plastic material, safe and reliable. Ensure the health of hummingbirds.
  • Intended use: Used to replace flowers on a hummingbird feeder, greatly extending the life of the hummingbird feeder without having...

Last update on 2023-09-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Your Hummingbirds will love these!

Just place them in your existing birdbath and plug them in.

They come with their own pump.


About Habitat & Behaviour

Hummingbird FAQ’s


  • Do hummingbirds return to the same place every year?
    Hummingbirds return to the same place every year because hummingbird migration is a complex process involving multiple factors including food, weather, and geography.


  • Where is the best place to put a hummingbird feeder?
    Allow the hummingbirds to feed in the comfort of your own backyard by placing a feeder in a protected area that allows for easy access to the feeder. For information on where to hang your hummingbird feeder, you can check out our detailed article here.

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Sharing is caring!