Feeding Hummingbirds by Hand

You’ll get a real thrill when you learn the five steps to feeding hummingbirds by hand!

It’s one thing for a hummingbird to eat from a container that you’re holding. But it’s another thing to actually feel one of these jeweled fliers on your hand. Abigail Alfano from Covington, Louisiana was determined to touch a hummingbird without harming it, and with a little practice and patience, she finally did. Here’s how she did it.

Five Steps to Feeding Hummingbirds by Hand

  1. Begin by attracting hummingbirds to your yard by offering multiple sugar-water feeders.
  2. As the traffic around your feeding area increases, start spending time out there so the hummingbirds get used to you. Even if you scare them off at first, be patient. They will come back.
  3. Once they get used to your presence, hold the sugar-water feeder in your hand. If you are patient, they should eventually start feeding from the one you’re holding.
  4. When you have good hummingbird traffic one day, remove your other feeders. Next, place a small feeder filled with sugar water in the palm of your hand (Abigail used an old milk jug lid).
  5. Now you just have to sit outside and wait. If you choose a day with good hummingbird traffic and remove the other food sources, you’ll have better chances. Be patient and stick with it. You just might feel the flutter of a hummingbird in your hand!
  1. mary lazaro says

    My parents where they use to live had several humming bird feeders. The humming birds would come right to the table in front of them and fludder around them, it was awesome how friendly they can be. They are beautiful birds too.

  2. Marla says

    I have experienced the feeding of hummingbirds from my hand. I held my feeder next to my face and a camera in my other hand and took pictures. I felt the movement of the air from the flutter of his wings on my face! If I had been wearing bright red lipstick, I swear he would have kissed my lips!!

  3. Mary says

    A few years ago, a hummingbird flew into the cabin window and became stunned. It was not doing very well, so we decided to ‘nurse’ it back to health. A few hours later, we released it outside. Over the next few days a hummingbird kept returning to the feeder that seemed to look at me with a familiar gaze in it’s eyes. We had bonded. I always love feeding them whenever I go camping. They hate to see me leave.

  4. says

    I’ve been hand feeding hummingbirds for a long time. It’s an amazing experience to have them perch on your hand. I have a hand held feeder that I designed and sell so others can experience it also. I love being able to help others do this. It’s definitely something every hummingbird lover should try.

  5. Linda Beckman says

    They’ve come close to my face to check me out but I’ve never fed one from my hand. They’re such bundles of energy!

  6. Rayne Petruzzi says

    This past summer I held a humming bird in my hand and it walked up and down my arms, it finally flew off it was so amazing. I did get some great pictures

  7. Susan Dunlap says

    If you wear a bright red shirt or hat, they will usually come right up to you to investigate. This can speed along the process of getting them used to you.

  8. Jill T. says

    I have had the chance to feed hummingbirds from the hand and it is such a unreal moment. You want to freeze time and just look at this tiny bird. I say find a hand held feeder it is most incredible.

  9. Kolleen says

    Aren’t these creatures unreal?! They are fond of redwoods so they used to be abundant in my backyard. Once I was walking around a corner and a hummingbird almost ran I to my fan. Good thing they fly backwards! We both had a good scare and moved on. I love how you can hear them before you see them.

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