How to Attract Hummingbirds to a Feeder

Hummingbird image by All images and illustrations by Daniel Ray


Hummingbirds are quite common in urban areas, but without a dedicated feeding station, they may not be commonly spotted. With just a little work, a small garden and a feeder will attract hummingbirds and the flowers will also help other wildlife, like butterflies and bees.(See Reference 1) Watching hummingbirds can be addictive, as these feisty little birds feed non-stop. Their constant fighting and acrobatic flying is enjoyable to observe.

How to Attract Hummingbirds to a Feeder

Step 1

Make a flower bed and plant hummingbird attracting flowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers. Sow zinnias, columbine and other nectar-rich flowers.

Step 2

Hang the hummingbird feeder in the flower bed. Locate the feeder in a spot where the birds can be easily observed.

Step 3

Clean the feeder before hanging. Thoroughly scrub the feeder and rinse with clean water. Avoid harsh cleansers and chemicals.

Step 4

Fill the feeder with sugar water. Use a commercial mix or make your own. Boil water and mix with sugar. Combine one part sugar withfour parts water. Let mixture cool and then fill feeder.

Step 5

Hang the feeder and look for the hummingbirds. The birds may take awhile before they find the feeder. Once discovered, the birds will feed constantly. Ensure the feeder is always clean and filled.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use herbicides and pesticides around the feeders.

Things You'll Need

  • Hummingbird feeder
  • Nectar
  • Flower seeds
  • Gardening tools


  • Cornell lab of Ornithology

Who Can Help

  • All ABout Birds
  • Gurneys
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About this Author

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

Photo by: All images and illustrations by Daniel Ray