Making a Hummingbird Feeder

July 27, 2011

A glass hummingbird feeder.Often my hummingbirds visit before the flowers are out in bloom. Sometimes they need a little extra help remembering where the feeders are. I use the silk and plastic Poinsettia flowers from my outside Christmas decor to help them spot the feeders. I either fasten the flowers to the pole that the feeder is on or I weave them to the wire fence nearby. The extra bright colors draw the little hummers in to a fresh and tasty snack.


By the time the hummers have been here all summer, the flowers have faded a little so I purchase one or two new Poinsettias to add to the Christmas decor the next winter. Usually I buy these at the local dollar store. I have had several comments of the "varied coloring" of my special Poinsettia decorations! It usually takes four or five years before I actually have to throw any of the Poinsettias away.

By Dawn from Ann Arbor, MI

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May 1, 2008

I frequent a hummingbird forum. On it, there is a photo of a feeder where someone used a Frisbee at the top of the feeder to shade it. It's a great idea and saves buying the expensive ones. Click on the address below then scroll down to see it. There are a couple pics.

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March 15, 2015

Is it OK to paint the feeder if you stay 3/4" from the feeding tube? Thank you.

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Why do you want to paint the feeder? OK-but only if the paint is completely non-toxic to hummers, is more than two feet from any opening that is used to pour the food in and the hummers touch. That is, no paint at or near the perch, feeder tube and body, inside and out, and any other areas of the feeder.


I belabor answering your question because when you clean the feeder at least every four days, there is the definite probability of getting even a tiny little bit of dried paint residue into the hummer food. And, even a tiny little bit hurts a tiny little bird, very much so!

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January 8, 2005

I'm looking for ideas on how to transform jars or wine bottles into hummingbird feeders. Any ideas on how to decorate the glass would be great and ideas on where to get the feeder tubes and how to secure them to the jar lid would be great too. Thanks!



January 23, 20050 found this helpful

Here is a link I found to making your own:

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July 27, 2013

I want to make hummingbird feeders. Where do I buy the cork part the bird feeds out of?

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February 19, 2013

I have made these hummingbird feeders before, but the copper tube that is at the bottom with the flower attached sometimes leaks. I must not be bending it right. Does anyone have a pattern I can print out so I can bend it exactly? Please and thank you.

By Lillie

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November 23, 2010

I want to give gifts for Christmas and want to make hummingbird feeders from bottles. I need to know, can I make my own feeding tube or do I need to buy them? Thanks.

By ruth wheatley from Northern, KY

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September 27, 2009

How do I make a Hummingbird feeder?

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November 23, 2010

How do you make a hummingbird feeder from recycled plastic bottles?

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September 19, 2010

I have seen hummingbird feeders made from 2 liter pop bottles. Does anyone know how it is done?

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July 21, 2009

I can't afford to pay $10 or more each for Hummingbird feeders. I would like to find an economical way of making my own.

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April 28, 2009

How do you make a hummingbird feeder?

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