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Hummingbird Feeders


Hummingbird Feeders

We carry lots of different Hummingbird feeders. Hummingbird feeders, rather than dispensing seed, supply liquid nourishment to hummingbirds in the form of a sugar solution. This mixture is often colored red to attract birds. Likewise, some hummingbird feeders have red accents or red glass to help attract hummingbirds. Yeasts tend to grow in hummingbird feeders and spoil the solution, so they must be refreshed frequently and kept very clean to avoid harm to the birds. See the article on hummingbirds for more details. Ants and other insects are also attracted to hummingbird nectar. Smearing petroleum jelly on the feeder’s may prevent the ants from crawling to the feeder, but the birds cannot clean the petroleum jelly from their feathers, so alternative methods should be found.


Hummingbird top fill feeders are popular among bird lovers because they are easy to fill and clean and also because they do not need to be turned upright which means that there are less chances that the nectar is spilled. The sports bottle top fill hummingbird feeders have the design of a sports bottle, with a mechanism that works similarly to such a bottle. With this type of feeder, one has to push down the plastic container in order to close the nectar reservoir and then to unscrew the cap and pour the nectar. After the cap is replaced, the body of the nectar reservoir can be pulled up. This type of bird feeder has the advantage that the feeder does not need to be turned upside down to be refilled and which results in less nectar wasted by spilling. The traditional top fill hummingbird feeders are ones of the most popular bird feeders. There is also a plunger type of top filling hummingbird feeder which comes with a small plunger in the container that creates the vacuum seal when the lid is tightened and the nectar will start flowing only when the lid is sealed correctly to the feeding ports.

The bottom fill hummingbird feeders include a traditional bottom fill feeder and several variations of it. The traditional ones are filled from an opening at the bottom of the nectar container but many manufacturers have come up with improved variations of the traditional style of feeder, to make feeding birds easier and with less nectar wasted. Some bottom fill feeders come with a funnel-like opening at the bottom of the container, through which the feeder is filled. Other bottom filled hummingbird feeders can be attached to one’s window to provide a close-up of the birds.

Come and visit Art Knapp Surrey Garden Centre today to pick up your hummingbird feeder and enjoy some new backyard visitors.

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