How to Hang a Hummingbird Feeder

Hang a hummingbird feeder in the yard to attract hummingbirds. image by mrmac04: morguefile.com

Overview

If the idea of spending the summer watching beautiful little hummingbirds visit your yard is appealing, then it is time to set out some hummingbird feeders and entice these tiny winged creatures into visiting your feeders. It is helpful to create a colorful garden full of flowers first, and then choose a spot or two for the feeders. Be sure you have a good view of the feeders from a window as well, so that you can enjoy the show.

Step 1

Plant several different kinds of brightly colored flowers in your yard to help encourage hummingbirds to visit. Suggestions include columbine, hollyhock, bee balm, fuchsia, petunias, geraniums, honeysuckle and trumpet vines.

Step 2

Choose a location for the feeder that is out in the open for hummingbirds to find. If you have more than one feeder to hang, separate them to avoid territorial battles between hummingbirds. Multiple feeders should not be within sight of each other. Also, keep in mind that you want to be able to see the feeders from your windows.

Step 3

Hang a hummingbird feeder from a tree branch. Cut a length of twine and thread one end of the twine through the eye of the metal hook. Position a ladder under the desired branch, climb the ladder to the branch and loop the length of twine around the branch. Make sure that the length of twine will position the feeder where you can reach it from the ground for easy access. Tie the two ends of twine together in a very secure double knot. Hang the feeder from the metal hook.

Step 4

Push a shepherd's hook into the ground in the midst of colorful flowers and hang a feeder from the hook.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Twine
  • Metal hook with eye
  • Scissors
  • Ladder
  • Shepherd's hook

References

  • Garden Gate Magazine: Facts About Feeders
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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