Once you learn how to hand feed hummingbirds, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is! Start by creating this simple DIY hummingbird feeder to hang in your window. Then, when the hummingbirds are used to feeding from it, turn it into a hand-held hummingbird feeder and bring the action right up close!
- 12 inches of 18-gauge copper wire
- 1/2-inch suction cup with a hole in the base
- Plastic test tube with cap
- Decorative beads (optional)
- Artificial flower without stem
- Small wire cutters
- Pliers (for twisting and spiraling wire)
Cut an 8-inch piece from the copper wire. Let the wire naturally take a half-moon shape. Lace 2 inches of the wire through the hole in the suction cup and then fold and twist the wire until secure.
Bend the longer end of the wire gently with your hands into an arc, leaving 3/4 inch at the very end for the hook that will attach to the feeder. Take your pliers and make a large loop at the very end of the arc, forming a shepherd's hook, with the open end on the top or facing up. This will make it easier to attach the feeding tube quickly and will prevent the feeder from falling off.
Take the remaining 4 inches of copper wire and wrap it around the test tube, with one end much longer than the other. Use pliers to twist and secure the wire to the test tube. This should leave a 3/4-inch tail remaining to attach a decorative glass bead. Slide the ring you have made more than halfway up the tube, so that when full, the feeder will stay up.
Slide another bead onto the open end of the wire wrapped around the tube and use pliers to spiral the wire and close it up completely. Now the copper wire is wrapped firmly around the feeding tube and you have a loop to attach to your hook with the suction cup.
Make a small hole in the tube's cap, place it on the tube and poke the end of the artificial flower through the center so that the hummingbirds can get at the nectar as naturally as possible. If the flower doesn't have a hole in it, make one with a pin.
Attach the closed loop on the tube to the upward-facing shepherd's hook with the suction cup. Make sure your window is clean so the suction cup will be secure.
Once they’ve found your feeder, you’ll want to know how to feed hummingbirds by hand. After the birds are comfortable using the feeder with you nearby, take the next step. Once the birds fly away, hold the feeder in your hand facing away from you. Stay as still as possible. Once the birds get used to you, they'll approach you without fear!