Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, and Attractive! Our hummingbird feeders strive to meet the needs of hummingbird enthusiasts and beginners, and are designed with both our customers and hummingbirds in mind. Whether you want something small to get started, or something beautiful to enhance your yard or existing hummingbird feeder collection, you are sure to find the right feeder here!
Perky-Pet® has been in the hummingbird feeder business since the 1950s, and over the years we’ve learned a lot about what hummingbirds love in a feeder. If you’re looking to buy your first feeder, ready to replace an old one or simply want to add to your collection, we’re here to help!
When you’re shopping for a hummingbird feeder, you should consider these questions:
Is the feeder easy to clean and refill? Look for feeders with a design you are comfortable filling. This may be a wide-mouth, or one that uses a funnel for a narrower opening, depending on your preference. Also, make sure it is easy to disassemble. These nectar feeders require regular cleaning to keep bacteria and mold at bay, and a feeder that is easy to take apart and reassemble will make sure this task is not daunting.
Can I place this feeder somewhere that it is easy to see? It is important to know where you want to put your feeder before you buy. If you cannot see your feeder easily from a window, a patio or other area where you prefer relaxing and enjoying your outdoor space, then what is the point? There are feeders that can be hung on a tree branch, on a shepherd’s hook staked into the ground, or from your porch. There are also window-mounted feeders, held up with suction cups, and feeders that can be mounted on a pole.
Will the feeder be easy to retrieve for refilling? Hummingbird feeders usually need to be partially disassembled to be refilled – so make sure your feeder is easy to take down. Look for feeders with hanging loops and hooks, rather than those that must be permanently attached. If you truly love a feeder that doesn’t have the best hanging setup, consider purchasing a hanging hook to make hanging and taking down easier.
What features does it offer for hummingbirds? It is fun to try out different styles to accommodate your preferences, and different people want different things for their hummingbirds. Should your feeder include a perch so they can rest while feeding? Are there enough feeder ports for all your visitors? Should it have a realistic looking flower on the base? Does the feeder include an ant moat and bee guards?
How much nectar should the feeder hold? This is an important question to explore. If you have an established group of hummingbird visitors, you should look for larger capacity feeders, but not more than they can drink in the time the nectar can start to go bad (this can be as little as one day in the heat of summer). Are your hummingbirds drinking all of your nectar in less than a day? Then you need a larger feeder to meet the demand. If you’re putting out your first feeder, then start with a smaller size – maybe 8 ounce capacity – and get familiar with the needs and routines of attracting, feeding and enjoying hummingbirds before upgrading to the larger sizes.
Types of Hummingbird Feeders
Feeder Material Types:
To a hummingbird, it doesn’t matter whether a feeder is made from plastic, glass or metal; they are happy to drink nectar from any clean feeder they can find.
Plastic – Plastic feeders are light-weight, and generally less-expensive than other types of materials. Plastic performs best in areas that do not reach high temperature extremes, such as the northern United States and Canada, since high heat naturally causes plastics to degrade at a faster rate. Hotter areas of the US may want more durable materials during the hottest parts of the hummingbird season.
Glass – Glass is more durable at high temperatures, but the material is fragile and may break if dropped. Glass feeders tend to have a longer lifespan, which is reflected in the higher average price compared to plastic feeders. A glass/plastic mix, or a glass/metal mix, is very common since an all glass feeder would be more difficult to make, and much more fragile, though these all-glass feeders do exist.
Hand-Blown Glass - Because hand blown glass feeders are going to be unique, they should be evaluated on an individual basis. While certainly beautiful, they are not recommended for beginners, since it can take time to understand what works, and what doesn't. For the pro hummingbird enthusiast, these feeders can be a beautiful addition to your yard or garden - make sure they are easy to clean and fill, and their design functions properly to provide nectar to your hummers.
Metal – You won’t find any all-metal hummingbird feeders, but you will find feeders that include a base made from metal for a nice design touch. If a feeder includes metal, especially metal parts in contact with moisture from nectar or in the air, make sure it's not susceptible to corrosion by rust. Perky-Pet® uses copper or stainless steel in all our mixed-material feeders that contain metal parts because they are rust-resistant.
Ceramic – Ceramic feeders can either be mass-produced or hand-thrown by artists and sold online through boutique websites or in local shops. It's no surprise that ceramic feeders are fragile, but they are also more expensive, on average, than glass feeders. Mass-produced ceramics will be cheaper than individual works of art that are handmade. Read reviews of these feeders carefully to determine if the specific feeder you are considering for purchase is easy to clean and fill.
Hummingbird Feeder Styles:
With so many available, you may be stumped on the differences between each style, and which one will work for your hummingbirds, yard, location and lifestyle. Hummingbirds show very little preference to a feeder, and can be trained to drink from any feeder - given time and patience. While hummingbird feeders are generally broken into two groups - tube and saucer - we have broken them down further to help you understand the differences between the feeders you will find while shopping.
Vertical Tube Feeders– Most hummingbird feeders feature a vertical nectar reservoir. Look for feeders with wide mouth bottles and fewer unique parts to decrease the amount of work to clean, if that is your preference.
Bottle Feeders– Also vertical, like the tube feeders above, these feeders are usually designed to satisfy the decorative or aesthetic goals of the purchaser. Rather than a simple tube of glass or plastic, these are often made to mimic items like wine bottles, or vintage/antique bottles and are often for collectors. These feeders should be durable glass and metal to offset their higher cost, and to make sure they will last more than one season. Cleaning may be slightly more time consuming, but there are many varieties of bottle brushes on the market that can make this task easier, negating this concern.
Mason jar Feeders – Mason jar feeders incorporate the classic Mason jar look into their design. They have a wider-opening making filling and cleaning very easy. Their parts should be durable and long lasting, offsetting their slightly higher cost since they will last more than one year in your yard.
Parasol/Saucer/Disk Feeders – These disc-shaped feeders make it easier for hummingbirds to watch for predators, and tend to be received well as a result. There are a number of different parasol/saucer feeders on the market, so read reviews carefully. You want to make sure the parts are durable, and easy to take apart, clean, refill and reassemble.
Window Mount Feeders– Window-mounted hummingbird feeders are generally smaller, with a lower nectar capacity so it's easier for their suction cups to stick to a window. The best feature of these is that they allow you to see hummingbirds up close since they feel safe with the window between you and them. Because these feeders tend to be made of plastic, so they are light-weight, look for ones which users feel are durable.
Horizontal Tube Feeders– These types of feeders are completely new to the market (we did that!). The Perky-Pet® Hummerbar® is the first innovation in hummingbird feeding in many years, and the reception and reviews from customers have been fantastic. For now, we know our horizontal tube feeders are easy to clean and fill, and their clear tube makes it easy for hummingbirds to watch for predators. Hummingbirds love them!
Drinking Tube Feeders– Built like a hamster or guinea pig water bottle, these feeders have a long tube for hummingbirds, with a flower port on the end, which allows them to extract nectar. These feeders often look beautiful, but can build up a lot of mold and bacteria. If you want one of these feeders, be sure to read reviews to find out if the one you are considering is easy to keep clean and to refill.
HandheldFeeders– Usually make of plastic, with a single flower port over a very small nectar reservoir, these unique feeders are designed for - you guessed it! - feeding a hummingbird directly from the palm of your hand. These will work best for those who have established feeders that already attract hummingbirds, and who have the patience to wait, but the rewards are well worth it!
Perky-Pet® – The largest brand available on Birdfeeders.com, Perky-Pet® hummingbird feeders have been in production since 1958. Most feature a red plastic base and the classic feeder design.
Perky-Pet Hummerbar® - Horizontal feeders that are turning the hummingbird feeding industry on its side - literally! These revolutionary designs are constructed to deter the natural territorial instincts of hummingbirds and feed more hummers at one time.
Birdscapes® – This line of glass reservoir feeders aims to create beautiful yet functional feeders. If you’re shopping for a gift, this is the line you want to explore first!
Avant Garden® – Aiming to reflect your outdoor décor, Avant Garden® has three fancy feeders that will delight and inspire.
Garden Song® – Looking for the best deal on some of our best reviewed feeders? Then browse the Garden Song® line, where you’ll find a selection of feeders priced at $12 and under.