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Old 04-28-2015, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Just found out all 3 of ours leak and need to be replaced and was hoping fellow gardeners could direct me to what feeders you like best and why. Thank you.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I have "el cheapo" feeder from Walmart, but the hummingbirds don't seem to mind I have to fill it with sugar water twice a week.
16 oz Hummingbird Feeder
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:05 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I switched to a "HummZinger" feeder after having many others leaking due to built up pressure when the day heated up. Bee's were all over them, keeping the hummers away. Any type with a bottom bowl, and a place for them to land is what you want.
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Old 04-29-2015, 05:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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We use the cheapest Perky Pet feeders. We have two old ones and one newer one. They improved the glass bottle - it now has a large opening for easy cleaning. They also improved the red feeder part; it no longer has that white thingamabob that keeps coming separate.

I agree ... the hummingbirds don't give a toss what your feeder looks like as long as your nectar is good.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:42 AM
 
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I read this thread yesterday because my hummingbird feeder is difficult to clean. In an amazing coincidence, I went to volunteer sorting donations at a local thrift store in the afternoon. While unpacking a box of books, I came across a brand new, in box Hummzinger! Scored it for $1.99.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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My favorite is the cheapest I can find.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I like monarda didyma.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:41 AM
 
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The Costa's hummingbirds in this area (there are millions of them; as common as houseflies) seem to prefer the expensive one I got at Ace Hardware for like $20. It's copper, comes apart nicely for cleaning, and has a nice bar for them to roost on while they guzzle nectar (and I DO mean "guzzle.") At "fill-up time for the night" (early dusk) I have counted as many as 12 birds on that thing at one time, elbowing each other for a spot on that thing.

So, I put a cheap one up at my other house, still used the 3:1 mixture (instead of 4:1) but they aren't impressed. I can't imagine that the little critters are so luxury-minded. Maybe it's that roost they can sit on while they feed being at just the right height.

Want to have some fun, sometime, put a couple or three drops of white rum in the nectar, then sit back and watch the show (takes an hour or so for them to get tooted up). They seem to get "addicted," they keep returning, and eventually get crazy - they will actually attack you if you go anywhere near that feeder. Don't overdo it though. They're tiny and too much and they'll fly into walls, etc.
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Old 05-10-2015, 03:35 AM
 
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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My favorite Humingbird feeders are Aloes; Hesperaloes; and, Tree Tobacco.

I prefer to garden, than to wash out bottles & make syrup.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I have at least 45 different varieties of butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants in my gardens but my deck is 8 feet off the ground and I want to see them up close. That's why many of us use feeders in addition to plants to attract them.
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