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How Much Does a Hummingbird Feeder Cost?

 
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Hummingbirds make a pleasant and fanciful addition to a backyard or garden. They can be attracted by their ornate feeders, which typically are suspended from a tree or hanging bracket. The feeders release nectar from a main chamber through feeding ports.

Typical costs:

  • A basic plastic red hummingbird feeder will cost from $5 to $10, such as this Garden Treasures feeder[1] from the Lowe's home improvement store.
  • More ornate and whimsical feeders, made of blown glass, ceramic or metal works, cost between $15 and $100. For example, this Ferris wheel feeder[2] costs $48.
  • Birdwatchers.com offers a hummingbird feeder gift set[3] for $45.
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What should be included:
  • Feeders should feature red accents. This visually attracts the hummingbird.
  • Look for a feeder that has built-in bee-guards. This is a design feature that keeps the nectar level too low for a bee or wasp to reach but within range for a hummingbird to reach.
  • There are different types of feeders[4] to consider. Arguably the biggest breakthrough in this relatively simple contraption since its 1920s invention is the top-fill feeder, which is easier to fill with nectar than the traditional bottom-fill feeder.
Additional costs:
  • If ants become a problem, an "ant moat" can be purchased for about $6. The ant moat[5] is a small plastic cup that hangs above the feeder to capture the ants before they are able to climb into the feeder.
  • Hummingbird nectar can be purchased in ready-made form or as a just-add-water mix. Nectar mix costs between $5 and $10 anywhere feeders are sold. Two liters of Garden Song Ready-to-Use nectar is about $7.
  • Make nectar by dissolving one cup of sugar into four cups of boiling water. Let cool. Sugar costs about $5 for a 5-pound bag. Do not use artificial sweeteners as they ferment more quickly and fermented sugar can harm hummingbirds.
  • Hanging brackets or extension hooks cost anywhere from $3 to $25 depending on the durability and size.
  • Special hummingbird feeder brushes are available at bird feeder stores online, such as Humming-Birds.com[6] , for about $6.
Discounts:
  • Many well-made hummingbird feeders can be purchased used at Amazon[7] or eBay[8] for under $20.
Shopping for a hummingbird feeder:
  • Hummingbird feeders are widely available in the home and garden section of stores like Target[9] , hardware stores like Ace Hardware[10] and at various online retailers, such as Humming-Birds.com[11]
  • The National Audubon Society provides a list of hummingbird feeder facts and tips[12] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.lowes.com/pd_287026-50445-P07B040A_0_?productId=3055561&Ntt=hummingbird feeder&Ntk=...
  2.  www.a1glasshummingbirdfeeders.com/Parasol-Ferris-Wheel.html
  3.  www.birdwatchers.com/cgi-bin/shopper?preadd=action&key=HUMMERGIFT&reference=/cgi-bin/sh...
  4.  www.birdfeeders.com/advice/bird-feeding/types-of-feeders/hummingbird-feeders
  5.  www.humming-birds.com/lgcap.html
  6.  www.humming-birds.com/brushes.html
  7.  www.amazon.com
  8.  www.eBay.com
  9.  www.target.com/s/hummingbird%20feeders#_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=tgt-index&keywords=h...
  10.  www.acehardware.com/search/index.jsp?sr=1&kw=hummingbird+feeders&origkw=hummingbird+fee...
  11.  humming-birds.com/
  12.  web4.audubon.org/bird/at_home/bird_feeding/hum_feeders.html
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