How to Bring More Hummingbirds to Your Yard

Here’s how to attract the tiny birds to your home.

Green hummingbird at a feeder
Attract a frenzy of beautiful hummingbirds to your yard.Pexels/Dick Scholten

If you’re looking to attract hummingbirds to your outdoor space, all you need is some sugar water and a feeder. Experts recommend mixing three to four cups of water with one cup of white sugar (whole granulated sugar only, not organic, powdered or brown). Your hummingbird feeder will supplement the birds with much-needed nectar, and help your garden flourish. Here are several great feeders to choose from.

More Birds Ruby Hummingbird Feeder, Glass Bottle, 5 Feeding Ports, 10-Ounce Nectar Capacity
Five flower-shaped feeding ports to nourish multiple little birds at once.More Birds

There are two main styles of hummingbird feeders: bottles and dishes. Many also come with “water reservoirs” or “ant moats” that help prevent ants from taking over and stealing the birds’ precious nectar. Something to consider if you have lots of the little insects in your yard.

Juegoal 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
We like the kitschy design of this plastic dish with 12 feeding ports and an ant moat at the top.Juegoal

Be sure to hang your feeder in a spot with shade—direct sunlight will spoil the nectar faster. Hummingbird feeders should be poured out and cleaned twice a week if you live in a hot climate. Once a week is often enough for cooler weather.

REZIPO Hummingbird Feeder with Perch - Hand Blown Glass
This decorative feeder mimics an entire bouquet of a hummingbird’s favorite flowers.REZIPO

Experts recommend using a hummingbird feeder that’s brightly colored, to mimic the flowers they’re naturally attracted to feeding on.

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