Where is the best place to hang a hummingbird feeder?
And how can you attract hummingbirds to your hummingbird feeder?
Here’s everything you need to know plus much more…
Tips For Where To Hang Your Hummingbird Feeder
There are many factors that can increase or decrease the number of hummingbirds that visit your feeder.
You will not only want to make your feeder noticeable to these tiny creatures, but you will want to cater to their needs.
Hummingbirds prefer safe, convenient feeders that are in shaded, private areas that are well-spaced from other feeders.
Want to make sure your feeder is in the best possible place to attract hummingbirds? Check out our eight tips below.
Hummingbirds will seek out feeders, but if they are tucked away behind bushes or trees they may not see them.
While it is important to place the feeder by keeping the following tips in mind, make sure that your feeder is not hidden.
Even if you are using the bright red nectar the birds may not be able to see the feeder if it is well disguised. The best way to ensure that they can see it is to use a bright colored feeder that does not blend into its surroundings.
Always make sure to hang hummingbird feeders in a safe location. Hummingbirds will not be attracted to feeders if they feel unsafe. What makes a hummingbird feel unsafe you ask? Predators.
If you hang a hummingbird feeder too close to the ground or in an area where the hummingbird’s natural predators can get to it then they will be unlikely to feed at that feeder.
Squirrels, cats, and other small animals can deter a hummingbird from feeding at your feeder.
Keep your feeder high enough off the ground that cats cannot jump up to get a feeding hummingbird. Also, keep in mind how close windows are to the feeder.
If a feeder is not close enough or not far enough the hummingbird could potentially run into the window, causing it harm.
Hummingbirds do not like to stay in areas where potential predators, like bigger birds, could harm them.
Try to place your hummingbird feeder in an area where other birds are not likely to frequent.
In other words, do not place a hummingbird feeder right next to a bird feeder with bird seed.
Hummingbirds will not feed in this area.
Hummingbirds prefer shaded areas over bright and sunny ones. Additionally, bright and sunny areas can cause the nectar to become hot, spoil quickly, and cause the feeder to become too hot, too.
Not only should the hummingbird feeder be convenient for the hummingbird, but it should also be convenient for you.
Hummingbird feeders should be kept clean and full of fresh nectar to ensure happy hummingbirds are attracted.
Place your feeder somewhere that you can gain access to it easily.
Do not place the hummingbird feeder so high that it’s out of your reach. Also, make sure that it is easy for you to get to.
If you place your hummingbird feeder in a place where you can see it multiple times daily you will be able to ensure that it has plenty of nectar, is in a safe place, and you will be able to see the fruits of your labor – the hummingbirds, of course!
If you place your hummingbird feeder in an awkward place you may not be able to see the hummingbirds when they come to feed.
If you place the hummingbird feeder in a position that is close enough for you to see you will enjoy it more.
Close places can be in areas where you can see them feeding from inside your home, like a kitchen window. You might also like to place one near your patio or a bench if you visit that area often.
Protect your feeder from things that might put the hummingbird in danger or your feeder at risk for damage, such as the wind.
If the wind knocks the feeder to the ground make sure that it is not cracked, damaged, or broken.
Sharp edges of a damaged or broken feeder could hurt a feeding hummingbird. Place your feeder in an area that is protected from the elements such as wind, rain, or hail.
If a feeder is placed in or near a bush that blocks the flight path of the bird they will be less likely to feed at that particular spot.
Where to Hang Your Hummingbird Feeder
Now that you know the best ways to attract hummingbirds based on feeder placement, look at the following places to know where you should put your feeder.
Hummingbird gardens are excellent places to put feeders. You can make your own garden by adding bright red flowers that attract hummingbirds.
On or Near a Kitchen or Office Window
If you are frequently in the kitchen or office, this might be the best place for you to hang your feeder. You are more likely to catch a glimpse of a hummingbird that is using your feeder, too.
Hanging From a Gutter, Awning, or Gazebo
These areas are typically shaded and offer open, safe areas for hummingbirds. They make great spots for feeders.
Within 10 to 12 Feet of a Protective Cover
As with gutters, awnings, and gazebos, hanging feeders near protective covers can offer shade and a safe feeding area for the hummingbirds.
FAQs About Hummingbird Feeders and Placement
Where should hummingbird feeders be placed in sun or shade?
Hummingbird feeders should be placed in an area that is shaded, for at least part of the day. This ensures that the nectar doesn’t spoil and doesn’t get too hot.
Should hummingbird feeders be in the shade?
Yes, hummingbird feeders should be placed in the shade.
Can you put a hummingbird feeder next to a bird feeder?
How far apart should you hang your hummingbird feeders?
Hummingbird feeders should be hung far enough apart that the birds are able to maneuver to the feeders easily.
One rule of thumb is to place them one per each side of your house.
Clustering them could cause the birds to become territorial.