How many feeders do you have?

civicminded0400July 30, 2008

I took Hummersteves advice and added two more feeders bringing the total to five. I can verify at times between 5-8 birds. Three feeders are real close to each other and Two are in back of my house and seldom get used. The birds might all be out front fighting over the three feeders and the ones out back have no birds by them.

I was thinking of adding 1 more in the front and one more in the back. I want to attract as many hummers as I can.My grand plan is to hang out a 1 gallon poultry waterer filled with nectar in september.Because last year the birds would empty two or three feeders when I was at work making it impossible for me to keep them full all of the time. We had so many hummers one day last year it was un believable.

So am I crazy? How many feeders do you have?

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hummersteve

Well I have 15 feeders scattered over my yard front and back and I dont have a large yard. I have 10 feeders in front and 5 in back. 8 of the feeders are those small walmart feeders and I have a lot of action front and back. They really gather at the feeders in back for its fairly isolated and higher up , maybe they feel more secure there. Its a chore each night to clean and refill, but I do it each night when they leave. I have 3 very large feeders hanging on the back porch and between the 3 there is 100oz of nectar to be drunk and if I fill those full, the the nectar will not last 3 days so it may give you some idea of the activity here. And it will only get worse during migration till they are gone by the end of august.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 9:03AM
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donnalovesblue

I have 12 feeders total, and that keeps me pretty busy everyday to say the least...some of mine hang from the eave of my breezeway facing the backyard, and the others hang from several sheperd's hooks. Also, I have 4 on the sheperd's hook in front of my kitchen window! I keep one or two feeders inside, and fill those when replacing them, so as not to disrupt the feeding...Like Hummersteve, cleaning at night is a good idea too!

It's really hot and humid where I live, and the past week or so, the heat indexes have reached 105, so I am cleaning and refilling more often!

My hummers usually stick around until mid October, with a decline beginning in Sept. It sure is a let down, when they all disappear for the season!

Donna

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 10:11AM
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dominidan

You guys must own a sugar cane patch. I have three that I interchange so I can clean them. The weather is cooling off at night and this male is chasing and doing the swing dance high up in the trees, trying to entice the female. Isn't it a little late in the season for this behavior?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 7:11PM
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birdsarecool

I have 4, which satisfies about 4-6 Hummers. I am hoping that next year i will have more Hummers to feed.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 4:02PM
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ronmann

We have seen 8 hummers around our three feeders at one time.

We need to put a couple in the back yard because of the males chaseing each other and everything that gets near them.

Dogfighting in all three axis of flight.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 9:08AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Was going to ask the question, but the discussion already exists. We had 2 and got 3 more yesterday. Put them up in the evening and it looks like I'll have to fill them before it's been 24 hours. We've been seeing a lot of hummers flitting around, and now have feeders on 4 sides of the house. If I stand in the kitchen I can see 3 of them. My fav is the one right outside the window that can be seen from computer or couch. Wish I could tell the birds we'll fill them as often as needed so they don't become so possessive/defensive over them.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 10:33AM
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eric580

I have a feeder in the garden and a feeder on my porch. The hummingbirds just use them more than the flowers! They rarely use the flowers.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 12:46PM
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birding_nut(6)

I only have one feeder. Most of my birds that visit are first-year birds during fall migration (starts in early July and continues until mid-September where I live in WA) that are feeder naïve...so most use is of the flowers which I can't complain about.

BN

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 7:18PM
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eclecticcottage(6b wny)

Hm....I don't have any. I am trying to do this via plantings only. We have somewhere in the range of 100 butterfly bushes as well as plenty of other sources like honeysuckle, bee balm and rose of sharon (there are a bunch more, but those seem to be the favorites, although it depends on what's blooming-they LOVED the lavender this year, as well as the hosta). Next year I hope to add the final two gardens so that the beds are spread out in different areas, where they can't see each other from one to the other. We hear plenty of "disagreements" about who's plants are whos, lol.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:08AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I agree with that totally. There were definitely a lot of hummingbirds here before we put up feeders, every summer. It was because we were seeing so many, but never up close, that we got the feeders. No doubt they would be fine without them, but in trade for coming close enough for us to see them, I'm happy to maintain/fill the feeders. There are where I want to see hummingbirds, and for the first time this year, they are coming "inside" the porch to visit the tiny flowers on potted plants. They've always visited Coleus blooms out in the yard, but never on the front porch while I was sitting there. Wish I knew what they were saying when they stop in mid-air a few feet away, looking directly at me, chittering up a storm.

I've also added a lot of Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' to porch pots this summer, can't say enough about how much they like these flowers!

My neighbor a few doors down has a large patch of Zinnias and at any particular moment, there's several flitting around that, sometimes a lot more.

If any Lantanas are hardy where you are (or you are into buying them as annuals,) that's what has always attracted them around our yard, even years ago before I started getting rid of grass and adding any other plants.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 11:46AM
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