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hummingbird feeders

updated tue 10 jun 03


Jan Henkel on thu 18 apr 96

Hello to all,
For those of you who make hummingbird feeders, how do you keep them from
dripping? Whatever it is, I'm not doing it. TIA. jan.

Jo Ann Stevens on sat 20 apr 96


What seems to work for is running them under hot water to enable to be able
to bend them up a little it seems to stop them from leaking. Hope this helps.

Jo Ann Stevens

from Canada where spring has finally arrived.

>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>Hello to all,
>For those of you who make hummingbird feeders, how do you keep them from
>dripping? Whatever it is, I'm not doing it. TIA. jan.

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Kathy Mccormick on sun 21 apr 96

Hi Jan,
At last a question with which I have some experience!

I make a series of garden-oriented objects, one of which is a hummingbird
feeder. I did some research (ie: looking at other potters' feeders, the
commercial feeders, etc.) after I experienced the drip problem you mentioned.
My conclusions were that many potters sell hummingbird feeders that do not
have a vent so that a vacuum is formed and the nectar doesn't drip (much).
Unfortunately I think a hummingbird could suck on that thing a long time and
not get any nectar to drip out either! So I started adding a small vent at
the top of my vessel to help the poor birds out. To stop the dripping, I put
the opening for the 'cork' part of the tip part way up on my rounded vessel
(in other words, not on the bottom) and make sure the tip of the tube is at
the same height as the top of the cork. With the angled tube which is
standard on the commercial tips I buy, this means that the nectar will flow
into the tube and be easily sucked out until the level of the nectar goes
below the cork. But I warn customers that they will not be able to put in
large amounts of nectar and pass on the info I read in a bird book which said
that hummingbird feeders should be changed frequently to avoid bacterial
problems anyway.

Unfortunately last year was a bad year for hummingbirds in my area, so I
didn't get any to come to my old, ugly and reliable plastic feeder or to my
new feeder. So no field test results yet on this design. Would be interested
in other's experience with this too!

Cheers to all,

Jim Bob Salazar on sun 8 jun 03

hey folks,
does anyone have a lead on good hummingbird feeder parts? i bought these
glass ones that have a red tip and a ball bearing in them and the just
leak all over the porch. thanks in advance for the info.

jim bob