Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

August 12, 2014

Whether you’re attracting hummingbirds for the first time or just need a refresher, here’s a quick guide on how to attract hummers to your yard.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird perched on a willowWhen you’re attracting a new bird species to your yard, please know it takes time for them to recognize a new backyard hot spot before they start frequenting it. Due to the hummingbird’s nature, they are very loyal and will frequent feeders they’ve come to know as a reliable food source. Make your yard a must-stop with these tips.

Where should I hang my feeder? Place at least 5 feet off the ground and 6 feet from the nearest feeder. Place in an open spot where it’s easy for them to see. Once the hummers start frequenting the feeder, you may move it to a shadier spot, several feet from bushes and shrubs. This helps the nectar stay fresh for longer, while continuing to give them a 360 degree view of their territory. Don’t have a feeder yet? What about this one? The color will attract hummingbirds and deter wasps and bees.

How often should I clean my feeder? Every 3 to 4 days and more often when it’s hot out, like 90 degrees or above. Clean the feeder with white vinegar and hot water and let air dry in between refills. Rinse before refilling to remove any residue. Fill halfway, so hummers will have enough time to lick it all up before the nectar needs to be changed. Keep nectar in the fridge, but don’t get it confused with the milk, use this container.

What should I fill my feeder with? Nectar. You can buy nectar pre-made or make it yourself. Fresh nectar should be set out every 3 to 4 days, after you clean the feeder.

Where will the hummingbirds stay? Offer shelter or material for them to build a nest and hummers will make a home near yours. Here’s a house with the nesting material already built-in. Need a refill? Here’s some more. Because hummers are so territorial, they prefer to have a 360 degree view of their surroundings. They like to nest, find a spot to digest on a tree branch, or swing from 5 to 20 feet off the ground.

Follow these tips and your backyard will become a hummingbird hot spot before you can say, “Hummzinger!” Here’s a complete list of our hummingbird products.





Dawn Coutu watches the birds when she walks, instead of the sidewalk.

Founded in 1952 and located in Concord, New Hampshire, Duncraft's objective is to bring the joy of backyard birding to wild bird lovers all across the country.


 

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