7 Benefits of Dish-Style Hummingbird Feeders with Examples
Why wouldn’t you want to attract more hummingbirds with less effort?
The secret is a dish-style hummingbird feeder. Unlike pretty bottle feeders, which are a little more involved and use a vacuum-type of suction to prevent the nectar from leaking, fresh nectar sits in the covered dish until the hummingbirds are ready to eat. It’s similar to having your table reserved at your favorite restaurant.
We understand you have questions and we’re here to help you answer them.
What exactly is a dish feeder?
Dish feeders are made specifically for hummingbirds. Since they look like a saucer, it’s best described as a covered dish with built-in feeding ports.
Why would you use a dish feeder?
These types of feeders are convenient to clean, among other reasons. (You’ll read about these throughout this article.) You can use one in addition to your existing feeders, especially if you have a territorial hummingbird hanging around. Or–since hummingbirds are migrating right now–you can store your other hummingbird feeders and simply leave out a dish feeder.
Dish feeders are suitable for serving less nectar at a time, which is an excellent way to ensure the nectar stays fresh for every hummingbird who comes along. And you may well see some stragglers come your way, as migration continues to wind down.
You can mount dish feeders two ways:
- Hang where desired
- Place on a window for a better view (with no ants!)
You’ll know when you buy a window hummingbird feeder because it comes with strong suction cups to secure it to the glass for a beautiful view of your birds.
Dish feeders are often lightweight with easy to clean parts and are popular because they rarely leak. The nectar simply sits inside the protected feeding area, ready whenever the hummingbirds are hungry.
While dish hummingbird feeders hold less nectar than other feeders, it all works out perfectly. When the weather’s hot, you can refill the feeder more often and waste less nectar.
Inside the dish, the nectar stays fresh and free of debris, helping you love your birds with a little extra TLC.
How will hummingbirds see the feeders?
Hummingbirds have a clear association in their mind with the color red and food. This comes from the tubular flowers they eat nectar from in nature, which are often red or a similar shade.
Hummingbirds will be able to find your feeder, no problem
It may take them a while, but hummingbirds are on the lookout for anything red because it means there’s food nearby. They’ll even eat at a nectar feeder that’s totally clear, except for small red feeding ports. They know food when they see it.
How many hummingbirds will be able to eat?
Depending on how many feeding ports your dish feeder has you can accommodate three or more hummingbirds at a single feeder. In the photo above, you can see four hummingbirds eating at the HummZinger with room for more.
Dish-styles with a wraparound perch tend to be more convenient for bird watchers who attract more hummingbirds. This allows a charm to eat at once.
But I already have a hummingbird feeder…
How many times have you felt frustrated when one hummingbird (you know which one) became territorial and scared away your other hummingbirds? Exactly.
Your stress levels will go down when you put out another hummingbird feeder
This works because the territorial hummingbird will quickly claim this new territory and throw himself into this new task, allowing your other lovely hummingbirds to come back and eat in peace.
If I were a hummingbird, I’d be grateful you took the time to notice there was a problem and gave the fella his own space. I would definitely appreciate being able to eat as much nectar as I want, without interruption and without fear of being attacked by a more territorial bird. -Dawn
But will my hummingbirds come back?
Yes, hummingbirds are creatures of habit and will return to a reliable food source. Since you serve only fresh nectar to your birds and you replace it every few days, they have reason to trust you.
Eating at your house, now that they’ve learned to trust the food available there, means they’re not taking any risk with their health by eating from a neglected or moldy feeder. As long as you’re taking care of the hummingbirds, they’ll take care of you by coming back to say “hi” and brighten your day.
Why should I get a dish hummingbird feeder?
We want to be clear, we’re not asking you to switch from bottle feeders to dish feeders. When you live directly in the path of a hummingbird hotspot and you constantly lose track of how many hummingbirds are eating at your feeders, it makes a lot more sense to have a large nectar feeder.
We’re simply asking you to consider the benefits of having a dish feeder.
PRO TIP: Since dish feeders rarely leak, you won’t have any problem with bees or wasps crowding around the feeding ports to get their share of nectar. It’ll be a surprise if bees show up at all.
You’ve convinced me, where can I get one?
Choose any one of our stylish and functional dish-style hummingbird feeders from duncraft.com.
To sum up this article, here are the 7 benefits of dish-style hummingbird feeders:
- You can feed more hummingbirds
- Lightweight style is easy to move
- Easy to clean with fewer parts than bottle feeders
- Dish feeders rarely leak, so you’ll waste less nectar
- Leak-proof style reduces the risk of bees or wasps
- Choose a style to hang or window mount
- Cover helps nectar stay free of debris
PRO TIP: Hummingbirds like to perch on a bar while they eat to help conserve energy for migration, but a perch is not required. Hummingbirds will eat from any hummingbird feeder.
PRO TIP: Remove a dish feeder from its holder and slowly move the dish to your hand. Before you know what’s happening hummingbirds will be eating out of your hand!
Thank you for joining us to talk about dish hummingbird feeders. We hope you learned something useful. Feel free to share this with your friends and family. In the meantime…Happy Birding! Shop duncraft.com today for hummingbird feeders, hummingbird nectar, accessories and more.