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Ideas on how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing

December 1 2014 at 12:02 AM
Becky  (Login beckygardener)
Hummingbirder 2008

Bob,

Can you add a link at the top of the page like you have for the injured bird/rescue link.

With the number of people posting recently asking for help concerning the issue of cold weather and a hummingbird feeder possibly freezing, perhaps listing the link to a thread with ideas on how to help the little birds on the main page of this forum would be helpful to those seeking help? I founds some good ideas and posted the links below. You could also include your photo of the heated Winter feeder that you created.

These are some of the ideas I found online:

Youtube video of how to make a lightbox heater for a hummingbird feeder:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dTN3nVuXgY

I loved the "hummingbird haven" box in this article. This warms the feeder and the bird!:

http://www.dongorney.com/humfeeder.htm

And more ideas:

http://www.hummingbirdsplus.org/winterfeeder.html
~Becky~
Sebastian, Florida USA
Click for Forecast for 32958 from weatherUSA


    
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Bob Ky.
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Re: For BobK

December 1 2014, 9:31 PM 

Hi Becky,

Very good idea [linked image]

I put a feeder on the window and a lamp to keep it from freezing. Here you see a shepard's hook, with the lamp clamped to it. Then I added some plastic to keep the rain from getting to the lamp. The whole setup up was a bit crude, but it was very effective.

[linked image]
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Regards, Bob

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Becky
(Login beckygardener)
Hummingbirder 2008

Re: For BobK

December 1 2014, 10:46 PM 

Thank you, Bob!

More very interesting videos on how to keep hummingbird feeders warm. Some of these videos are adorable! You can tell people really love these little birds.

Different video ideas on how to keep a hummingbird feeder from freezing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GlRWIEbNdk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W62Bnv0hSr0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RghbJdTTLc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdt2M6JaDF8


And don't forget to fill the feeder with a 3 parts water to 1 part sugar nectar solution for the coldest days/nights of Winter. The birds will appreciate it!
~Becky~
Sebastian, Florida USA
Click for Forecast for 32958 from weatherUSA


    
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greenmann
(Login greenmangardens)
Hummingbirder 2012

Re: Ideas on how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing

December 2 2014, 10:54 AM 

Great setof links there Becky! Personally I'm tempted to try to follow the directions on that first one, where you put a small little night light type lamp inside a styrofoam box, and put the feeder in the top of the box to hang. Looks a little ungainly, and could use some sprucing up, lol... but I bet that would work really well and wouldn't mess with the hummers usual feeding habits.

My birds would likely refuse or never even find a box set up where the feeder is inside the box, and I've heard some scuttlebutt where folks are concerned that heat lamps and such may mess with their ability to deal with the cold? I dunno, but it does seem like keeping things too warm may end up causing more problems than its worth.

The plumber's tape is easy to install too, and is available at a reasonable price online. It would also be easy to remove if you use electrical tape, later.


As I have said in other posts, here in my old house with uninsulated, 30 year old windows, I just hang a window mounted feeder on the window, and the radiant heat from the window keeps the nectar warm down to around 22 degrees, with room temps up around 65 daytime. I've actually had them stay liquid lower than that (down to around 18 degrees one bitterly cold winter, well, for us!) but we upped the heat in the house at that point too. No power, so we were trying to heat the whole house with a wood stove, I think the inside temps on the window were up above 80 shrug.

At any rate, there are lots of various solutions for this. Get creative and if you anyone comes up with another idea, please post it!
Brett Johnson
near Seattle
Washington 98040
USDA zone 8b

 
 
Becky
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Ideas on how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing

January 11 2015, 8:01 PM 

Wanted to add the NEW heated hummingbird feeder that can be purchased for what I consider very reasonable:

http://www.hummersheateddelight.com/feeders.html

And it was tested by Amy (one of our forum members). Read her thread about the new feeder:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/439743/thread/1420435820/last-1420988414/Heated+Hummingbird+Feeder

This looks like the answer for those trying to keep their feeders thawed out for an over-wintering hummingbird.
~Becky~
Sebastian, Florida USA
Click for Forecast for 32958 from weatherUSA

 
 
greenmann
(Login greenmangardens)
Hummingbirder 2012

Re: Ideas on how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing

January 12 2015, 3:15 AM 

I wondered how long before someone came up with a marketable product like this, lol. I might be tempted when things get really cold for us here...
Brett Johnson
near Seattle
Washington 98040
USDA zone 8b

 
 
Douglas
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Hummingbird lover 2013

Re: Ideas on how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing

January 29 2015, 10:46 PM 


 
 
Becky
(Login beckygardener)
Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Ideas on how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing

February 1 2015, 9:40 PM 

~Becky~
Sebastian, Florida USA
Click for Forecast for 32958 from weatherUSA

 
 
 
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