What do hummingbirds want?
Hummingbirds live constantly on the verge of starvation.
So what they want most is a GOOD food source. Hummingbirds' definition of good is Safe & Reliable. Safe means unpolluted and free from wasps (which can be deadly to hummingbirds). Reliable, that's where you come in.
Stop feeding wasps
In late summer wasps start looking for sweet things, like a hummingbird feeder. But they can’t afford to waste their limited energy pursuing something they can’t get close enough to even taste.
The raised feeding ports cause wasps to quickly give up and move on to something they can access, like the neighbor’s hummingbird feeder.
This video shows real life comparisons and the wasps' preferred feeders.
Don't worry about your hummingbirds reaching the nectar; They're tongues are twice as long as their beaks!
Ants taking over your feeder?
We’ve heard it all, from grease to soap to insecticide. The best way to block ants is with plain, old, non-greasy, non-toxic water. It works wonderfully and your hummingbirds will thank you because they may need an occasional drink of clean water. For more information about ants & your hummingbird feeder, see our upcoming blog, "ANTS!!"
Incredibly easy to CLEAN
Regular hummingbird feeders are made of regular plastic, which is soft and porous.
OUR feeder is not made of regular plastic. It's made of a special plastic that is incredibly hard and non-porous. So it cleans up in a couple seconds, like a non-stick pan. And truly clean, not just pretend clean. The lid and feeding ports stay clean because the nectar isn’t close to the holes. A soft sponge will wipe off any dust.
Added bonus... Without dead ants polluting the nectar the feeder stays amazingly clean. Also, without that tall, impossible-to-clean jar, your nectar isn't cooking in the sun.
With cleaner nectar and no wasps, don’t be surprised if you wind up with all of your neighbor's hummingbirds.
Check out our gross-ness test...
Easy to fill. Mix the Nectar right IN the feeder!
Skip the hassle of measuring and cooking.
Make the nectar right IN the feeder!
If you’re wondering about the durability of this feeder, rest assured that this feeder is far more durable than a hummingbird feeder will ever need to be. Need a little proof? Here are some entertaining videos of our Durability Tests...
RAIN? N0 Problem!
The ingenious design of the feeder's lid causes most rainwater to run off, rather than fill up the feeder. The feeding holes are small – just the size & shape of a hummingbird's bill. The holes are atop the raised and tapered ports so rain water tends to run off the sloped lid. This video also shows why the ant moat doesn't overflow into the nectar...
Make sure their source of food is clean. If you have a feeder made of regular, porous plastic, it's very difficult to get it truly clean because porous plastic absorbs crud & odors. It also absorbs soap so you shouldn't use it. Our feeder is non-porous, plus the special, super hard plastic cleans up in seconds like a non-stick pan. It's also OK to use dish soap because it won't absorb it. (But always avoid heavily scented soaps)
Another secret to keeping them happy is to use pure CANE sugar. There's more information about different sugars and commercial nectars in our future blog: What's the Best Nectar to Feed Hummingbirds.