Where To Hang Hummingbird Feeder: The Ultimate Guide

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Hummingbird Feeders: The When, Where, and Why of Placement

Where to hang your hummingbird feeder? It can be a difficult question to answer.

Where to Hang Your Hummingbird Feeder?

Hummingbird feeders must be placed first and foremost where you can see them; otherwise, what’s the point?

This will take some planning.

Where To Hang Your Hummingbird Feeder

The location you may wish to watch hummingbirds from may not have some elements necessary to attract them to that spot.

Don’t be discouraged if you wish to watch them from within your home through a window or outside on the patio or balcony.

You will be able to make updates to your garden to attract hummingbirds to the best viewing location with some thought and effort.

Hummingbird Feeder Placement

Hummingbird Feeder
  • Initially, your hummingbird nectar feeders should be placed in the open, where they can be easily seen by the little birds you want to attract. After the hummers use the feeder, it can gradually move to a more desirable location.
  • If you want to move the feeder, do it in increments. Making sudden changes may cause the Hummingbirds to leave and go where things are more familiar.

Other Factors To Consider When Asking Where To Hang Your Hummingbird Feeder

  • If you start the season with your feeder in a new location, hummingbirds may not notice it and assume you are not open for business this year.
  • Place feeders in your garden close to nectar-producing flowers. The best hummingbird flowers are tubular in shape and red, orange, or yellow in color. They are attracted to other colors as well, but these are favorites.
  • Place your hummingbird feeders near bushes to provide perching spots. Hummingbirds.net says these little birds spend 80 percent of their time perching. They like to keep an eye on things, not for a long time but long enough to keep an eye out for predators. It’s easier to protect yourself if you can see your predators coming.

Birds feel safer if they have a bush or tree nearby to provide some cover close to a feeder. The feeder should be no more than 10 to 15 feet away from protective foliage.

Best Nectar Feeders and Accessories

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Important Hummingbird Feeder Accessories

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How To Provide Cover for Safety

If there isn’t natural foliage for the birds to sit and take cover in, try one of these suggestions:

  • Place last year’s Christmas tree nearby. The pile can be added to each year.
  • Plant bushes or trees strategically where you want to have a feeder placed in your yard for easy viewing.
  • An old tree branch with small limbs stuck in the ground. Strands of artificial leaves can be wrapped around the branch to cover the Hummingbirds. (This can be a temporary solution until plantings grow big enough.)

Why Is Shade Important for Nectar Freshness?

Another factor to consider when asking where to hang your hummingbird feeder:

  • Shade is very important for a hummingbird feeder, and hummingbird-popular plants are often very suitable for growth in the shade. This is a big bonus to the whole situation as they can still be buddied in the shade.
  • Direct sunlight all day will cause your nectar solution to ferment faster. The hotter the temperatures, the faster fermentation will occur, and the more often the hummingbird feeder needs cleaning. Keep your nectar fresh for longer by keeping it in the shade.
  • The presence of many hummingbird plants will also help to cool the area.

Why Place Your Hummingbird Feeder in a Sheltered Location?

We are talking here about shelter from the wind and rain if possible.

Rainwater

Have you ever thought your syrup levels in the feeder seem to be staying quite high? And come to think of it, you really haven’t noticed too many hummers drinking from your feeder?

I have experienced this in the past and what happened was that when it rained hard at just the right angle, the rainwater entered the feeder and diluted the nectar solution.

The birds didn’t like it anymore, so the levels remained high.

Wind

The wind can be very hard on a feeder by causing it to sway and spill its sugary contents all over the outside of the feeder and on whatever is underneath.

This can not only cause an awful mess on your patio or deck but will create a heightened awareness of its existence to nearby insects.

You can find help for insect problems by clicking here.

When To Place Your Feeder Outside

Black-Chinned Hummingbird

A hummingbird feeder should be placed in your garden a week or two before you believe hummingbirds will start to return for the season.

When this is will ultimately depend on where you live, of course.

It is always best to have the hummingbird feeders waiting and ready, especially before your plants in the hummingbird garden are in full bloom.

The hummingbird feeder must be regularly cleaned and filled with fresh syrup, even before arriving.

Hummingbirds’ energy reserves will need replenishment after their long journey north.

As soon as they arrive, males will engage in a battle to stake out a territory and attract a mate, and females will start building a nest and raising young.

With this in mind, clean, fresh nectar-filled feeders will be welcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should hummingbird feeders be hung high or low?

Feeders should be at least five feet above the ground. Hummingbird feeders should be hung high because they scare easily and are easily frightened away from their feeding area.

How far away should a hummingbird feeder be from other bird feeders?

It is wise to put a hummingbird feeder at least 15 feet away from other birds to give the little hummers space from larger birds.

  • 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 Uninvited guests such as ants and bees and common animal pests such as raccoons, squirrels, and bears are not welcome.
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Jacob Swanson

Jacob Swanson is a writer and wildlife photographer born and raised in Wisconsin and currently based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his work has appeared in over a dozen different web and print outlets. In his free time, he’s on a personal quest to visit every U.S. national park and see as many wildlife species as possible. His favorite birds are whooping and sandhill cranes.