Originally posted on May 29, 2015 @ 1:04 pm
WHERE should you hang a hummingbird feeder? The short answer is – just about anywhere! Those speedy lil’ fliers seem to have no fear of humans – we hear stories every year of folks carrying a recently refilled hummingbird feeder back to its hook and they aren’t even able to get the feeder hung before the hummers are already feeding from it!
Remember, in nature hummingbirds feed from flowers which are often 1-3 feet high so a low hanging feeder can work just as well as one hung from a second story deck some 20′ in the air! We typically recommend that you hang hummingbird feeder where you can enjoy them the most – then make adjustments as needed. If it doesn’t seem to be a popular spot, move it. If critters have found it (many love that high sugar diet!), protect it with a baffle or hang it where they won’t venture.
One place NOT to hang a hummingbird feeder?? In direct sunlight – which can (1) cause the nectar to sour more quickly, and (2) cause the feeder to leak (heat causes expansion). This is especially true in the hot southern states, like our home in Texas. If you’re located in a northern area, you should have more flexibility on this suggestion.