While there are many styles of hummingbird feeders out there, some are definitely more popular with the little birds than others. Here are three recommended hummingbird feeders that are easy to assemble, easy to clean, and seem to attract hummingbirds the best. Plus, don’t forget an ant trap and some great brushes to help keep those feeders clean.
The Audubon 12-ounce Hummingbird Feeder has a round nectar well around a central hook, with an ant guard in the middle. The red top fits right down over the clear plastic bottom, and it has a ring for perching. Wasps don’t bother it unless some nectar has spilled over the side. Small birds will even sometimes drink from the ant well. This feeder will last for years and hummingbirds love it.
Central well can be filled with water to deter ants
Six feeding stations
Very easy to lift off the lid, clean and fill
Measures 8.75 x 2 x 8 inches
The Homestead 12-ounce Hummingbird Feeder is an upside-down, leak-proof, bottle-style feeder that screws into a cap that can be permanently attached to a hook or chain on a tree limb. The yellow plastic flowers are removable and easy to clean, and offer a deterrent to insects. The feeder comes in two styles: one with clear glass and one tinted red.
Built-in ant and bee protection
Four feeding stations
Base unscrews from the bottle which has a large mouth for ease of cleaning
Hanging cap screws on and off allowing for easy access to the feeder
Measures 6.2 x 6.2 x 7.5 inches
Durable glass nectar resevoir
Eight nectar feeding ports
Easily disassembles for cleaning
Measures 6 x 6 x 7 inches
Protect your feeder from marauding ants with a water cup like this Trap-It Moat Ant Trap. Ants don’t like to cross water, so if you find they’re climbing down the hanging rod straight into your feeder, hang the ant moat between the two. Fill often, especially in summer, when the water tends to evaporate quickly. And don’t be surprised if small backyard birds try to take a drink from it now and again.
Contains a moat for water that is impassable to ants
Plated to withstand the elements
Two attached S-hooks for simple installation
Measures 3 x 3.75 inches
Keep your feeding ports clean with Droll Yankees PLB Perfect Little Brush. Skinny brushes like these come in handy to scrub away the black mold that accumulates on feeders.
Comes in a 3-pack
Each brush measures 3.5 inches long
Or get yourself an entire cleaning kit like the Songbird Essentials Best Combo Brush Set. This 2-brush kit contains one brush for cleaning ports and bee guards, and a second, double-ended brush for bottles and bases.
2 brushes for cleaning all feeder parts
Double-ended brush is approx. 16.5 inches long with 2 inch diameter bristles
Long-lasting nylon bristles don’t scratch surfaces