How to Bring More Hummingbirds to Your Yard

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

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.

Classic Design

Five flower-shaped spots to nourish multiple little birds at once. More Birds

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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.

Great Value

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

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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.

Artisan Design

This decorative model mimics an entire bouquet of a the animal’s favorite flowers. REZIPO

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