I had a couple of these which looked great in the garden because I have wood raised beds.
the plastic insert is easy to clean, but eventually leaked. The sugar water and rain water wound up getting moldy/stained though, so I abandoned.
I have the regular sized humzinger and the orioles just love it! I do too, sense it is real easy to refill while hanging outside, you just lift the top red part and refill. I have to refill it so much because the hummers aren't the only ones to use it.
I have the First Nature Ones...I have 2 each of the 16 oz.and 32 oz. They are just so easy to clean. And they seem just right for them to perch on and be able to eat.
I have the Hummzinger Ultra also. If you are just going to have one I reccommend this one. It's easy to clean, has a built in ant moat, and cant spill. It is the only hummer feeder I can leave out overnight. The raccoons can't get the nectar out!!
I also have the Little Fancy...I am not real happy with it. No moat, big openings for bugs to get in easily. and very easy to spill. I dumped this one a couple of times.
I have 2 of the large saucer types and really like them because of the ant moats and the ease of cleaning. I also have the First Nature ones and really like those the best!
I finally was able to get a few shots I had on my external hard drive...I must have deleted most of them as I only had a few showing the birds feeding (what was I thinking)!!? And to make matters worse...now I can't find them where I thought I had saved them! Oh well, I will post them whenever the computer gawds return the controls to me!! LOL!
A friend suggested that I ask if any of you have difficulty with cleaning the tops of the standard H.bird feeders. A friend told me about using denture tablets, of course you have to break up the tablets to make them fit into the neck of the feeder, and the same for the bottom, but it did work. I found that the denture tablets bubbled a lot of the gunk away and was wondering if anyone had any better suggestions. I did not refill the feeder until after I rinsed it in really hot water! Am sending photo of the feeder style I am using.
Walk In Beauty!
I have the same one. Very easy to clean. Built in moat.
I've only had one HB the past couple of years, and late in the season, to boot. This pic was taken on Oct 1, 2008.
It's probably because I set up the feeder later than I should have.
My 1st was in 2007 & I didn't buy it until June. In 2008, I was going on vacation & didn't want to set it up until I returned - which was in June.
This year, I plan to get it up earlier.
No, luvsgrtdanes its not homemade. I bought them last year when I had an ant situation! Even the built-in any moats could not stop them! So I went to WBU and overpaid of course, but they work. Does this pic help? GM
Pelletory, I love the doubledecker! I've never seen it before.. interesting how it's put together..hmm, might have to buy one and try it.
Grandmaggie, my ant moats like that are black in color and I found them at Wally World for $1.25 ea, I think it was. The added bonus to having those on the feeders-- my chickadees think it's a great place to get a drink of water! It's fun to watch them do that roller coaster flight that they do as they go from one ant moat to the next. Boy, do they raise a stink when they find an empty one!!! :)
I've enjoyed viewing all your feeders! What a great thread
I have used the saucer type feeders because of their simplicity and easy cleaning. The hummers like 'em too! LOL
I did get a new type this week and feel they will be easy to clean and use. The bottle is a 16.9 oz Lipton ice tea bottle which I can just replace after several feedings. Then just recycle it. The feeder is easy to pop apart and clean also.
Saw my first Rufous this week at the feeder...no camera in hand though
Those are really cool looking feeders at the Nature Store and I like that new one of yours GGK. Did it come with the bottle and the mesh covering? I haven't seen one before. Congrats on your first Rufous...very exciting!
I got a new window feeder like Mrs. Ed's above. My old one didn't have an ant moat or perches like this new one does. I also got a fly thru Oriole feeder...recycled orange plastic and holds two orange halves and two cups for jelly. It is so pretty and will get a pic as soon as the sun shines!
I got the feeder on ebay and it came with everything you see Bottle not included. It's a Gadjit ...I can add a link to the seller if that is ok. I'm not certain if I can do that anymore on DG?
I did get several ant moats today! They seem to find this area where I hang a feeder very quickly!!! Darn ants
I don't think walmart has the ant moats this year. At least mine doesn't. Down here in the heat the built-in ones dry up in about two hours. The ants seem to just sit there and watch for it get dry. My Chickadees drink from my moats also. I was lucky to get them a couple of years ago when walmart still carried them. I thought about including a pic of a hummer with an ant on his beak here but I remembered that my computer crashed and I would have to look through a lot of DVDs to find the pic. Of the three types of feeders I have the hummers are only using walmart's cheapest.
As I have mentioned I have a little OCD problem. Now a few weeks back my DH accused me of hoarding Humming Bird feeders...the ones from Walmart that we all like. Now I plead guilty to that one...you always need a spare, right!
Anyway...picked these up today! 4 Black & Blue Salvia plants...and a red visor. Couldn't find a red cowboy hat Rose! LOL
LOL Nanny! Well glad you have plants for sale now. Just getting some here, but still too early for some of them. I put my hammock out over the weekend and thought that I should have purchased a red one!! Alas, it is only blue and purple.
We have a fantastic place in a nearby town nearby called Old Farm Market...it is part market & part nursery and they sell fantastic plants. Last year I got the last 2 they had in the little 3 inch pots. I wanted to get first crack at some this year!
DH thought $20 a little much for 4 annuals, but I told him these were out of the entertainment budget, not landscaping/gardening... :0)
Places around here are just beginning to get stuff in.
Huggergirl, you just stick to your guns! Any special occasions coming ????
Cute pic Hugger!! I also learned the hard way about digital zoom!!
Nanny...I am very proud of you!! You did great and those Salvia plants are gonna give you lots of photo ops of the little Hummers!!
I went by our local garden center and they had lots of plants...unfortunately the prices were way too high for me. I will probably be getting the little 6 packs to save some money so I can buy more bird seed and feeders!!
No pictures, but I wanted to tell what happened to me earlier this week.
I've been transplanting all the wintersowing I did this year and was walking around the back yard watering flowers with a water can where the water hose doesn't reach. A hummingbird got right next to the water coming out of the spout and just hovered there for a minute or so. It was amazing...I couldn't see the wings, but I could clearly see the colors of it's chest and its body. I didn't move thinking it might get close enough to get a drink, but it just flew away. that was my 2nd one to see so far this year.
maybe it will come back to those flowers later when they've got blooms.
Ant moats can be made from measureing cup lids like the ones found on liquid laundry soap bottles and an eye bolt. I have not made one yet but I have put a lot of thought into it. It would require three nuts and two rubber washers(to keek the moat from leaking) for the eyebolt. After drilling a hole in the lid use one nut and washer inside the lid and a nut and washer on the other side. Then some kind of hook(maybe a bent wire) and another nut to secure it. Those type bottles come with different color measuring cup lids depending on the brand. I guess a hole could be drilled through the bottom of the eyebolt.
For those of you who want to purchase moats. I noticed that there still are some of the red umbrella ones on ebay that someone told about on this thread.
Pelle both sizes of those first nature feeders have really been selling good this year. We put the 16ounce one on an endcap two and a half months ago and have had to restock it everyday. They come eight to a case. I have had to restock two cases everyday and some days eight cases.
Vienna sausage cans would be a good size. I wonder if they would attract hummers if they had red flowers with yellow centers painted on them. Not counting my time these cost less than a dollar apeice. It only takes about fifteen minutes to make them. What about red and yellow stripes spiraling around them. Sort of like a barber's pole except yellow where the white would be.
Eye bolts are a problem. I have not found any as long as I would like to have them. I have not found any longer than 2 1/2 inches. A 1/4 inch shaft is the perfect size for me. The eye of that size bolt is large enough for a sheperd hook. The shaft is just right to drill a hole through the end.
I really enjoy watching hummingbirds or just birds in general.
I sometimes will sit for hours, just trying to get the perfect shot.
I have so many pictures of hummingbirds and birds on my computer, trying to think of an idea, as to what to do with all those pics. LOL !!!!!!!!!!
Anyone have any ideas, please post.
Will send pics soon, memory is low on computer now, need to transfer pics to the gadget my husband got for me.
Hmmm., wonder why the memory is low, could it be all pictures, Nah, surely not,. LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!