Introduction: Hummingbird Feeder Hanger and Perch (with Optional Ant Trap)
My wife and I purchased a Perky Pet Antique Bottle Hummingbird Feeder. When we got home we brainstormed ways to hang it because it didn't come with a hanger or a chain that matched the metal hoop on the feeder. We came up with 3 or 4 lame ideas before my wife suggested we use the interwebz... Duh! She found very general directions for this hanger and another set of instructions for the ant trap, which I simplified. By complicating. Of course.
Step 1: The Tools
-old coat hanger pliers -I used vise grips *their beefy wire cutters are perfect for this -project * their clamping action came in handy while twisting and bending the wire *they're thin enough you don't have to fuss with them once you've clamped them into place -ruler
Step 2: Clip the Collar Off
The amount of work to undo the crimping around the hook is not worth the effort, especially since you already have more wire than you need, so snip, snip.
Step 3: Straighten the Wire
Get it as straight as you can by hand, then clamp the bends in your pliers and work the wire until it's as straight as you can get it.
Step 4: Add Your First Hook
This will be the hook that suspends your hanger from the rain gutter. Clamp your vice grips 3 inches from the end of the wire. Bend your wire, on both sides of the pliers, creating a roughly 45 degree angle. Make sure there is a roughly 1/2" gap between the 2 sides. This will accommodate the width of the side of the gutter.
Step 5: Add the Second Hook
Measure 1 1/2 feet from your first bend, clamp and create another hook. This angle should be a little less than 45 degrees, and it should be in the opposite direction of your first bend. There should be a slight gap, but this is not critical.
Step 6: Add the Perch
Measure 1" past your new hook, clamp and bend the wire perpendicular to the main part of the hanger. Measure out 8-10 inches and then snip the excess. My understanding is that a 12 gauge coat hanger is almost the perfect diameter for a humming bird's feet to perch on. Insert Napoleon Dynamite "talon" reference, here. ;)
Step 7: Your Finished Product
...should look like this.
Step 8: You Can Hang Your Feeder
Slide your feeder into the hook adjacent to the perch, hook the other side over your rain gutter, make minor adjustments and voila! Your humming bird feeder is ready to rock and roll... errr, hang there peacefully, until some of your fine feathered friends come by and feed on the sweet, sweet nectar of life you have provided them! OR! You can continue on to the next step.
Step 9: If Your Feeder Attracts Ants You'll Need More Supplies
-one feeder hanger -scrap of wire coat hanger, 3" is plenty -a small plastic cup -mine came out of a roll of pillsbury cinnamon buns, that little cup that they keep the icing in is just perfect!) -vise grips -again, you could do it with pliers, but the vise grips' clamping action is a plus here lighter, propane torch or even a gas stove -caulk
Step 10: Clamp the Wire
Clamp the wire at the edge and heat it up with your heat source. We're not forging weapons so the metal doesn't need to be red hot, just hot enough to get through plastic in a couple of attempts. If it's too hot you won't have a perfect diameter hole in the cup and this will complicate matters.
Step 11: Push the Wire Through the Cup
Centering the wire as closely as possible, push the wire into the cup. As I said in the last step, it may take a couple of tries, that's fine, just try to keep the hole centered and straight. Once you get the wire through, you're done with it. Pull the wire out and let it cool down before unclamping it.
Step 12: Unbend the Top Hook
Just enough to get your cup on. You don't need pliers for this step. As a matter of fact I recommend you don't use them; you'll have more of a tendency to go overboard with them.
Step 13: Thread the Wire Hanger Through the Bottom of the Cup
Push the hanger through the bottom of the cup, push the cup past the bend, it should be resting on the main body of the hanger. Bend the top hook back in place.
Step 14: Double Check the Placement of the Cup
Make sure you're happy with where your little cup is. Now's the time to adjust it. Make sure it clears the rain gutter and it looks nice to you.
Step 15: Waterproof the Hole
Caulk both sides of your cup's hole. This will help prevent leakage when you put water in it. It also helps hold the cup in place.
Step 16: Create a Little Drying Jig
I used a yogurt cup and my vise grips to suspend my project so it dried as straight as possible. I left for the afternoon ran some errands, and when I got back it was ready for action.
Step 17: Voila!
Hang your feeder and add water to the cup. Make sure you continue to add water to the cup as it evaporates. I have plans to paint my cup and superglue a glass bead under it, for insurance that the caulk doesn't give. You could make this little project pop. Or just leave it simple and functional. Enjoy your hummingbirds!
2 years ago
Hi, great tutorial thank you for sharing. I must say something about your use of red dye in the nectar. All people that deal with Hummingbirds and their food suggest strongly to NOT color their food or buy food with added coloring. You can Google this information and if you do not make your own food check out how to which is very simple, just water and sugar.
3 years ago
I am xena ant warrior princess!! I bought one humming bird feeder from the local store just to see if I would get any hummers. I did! There are at least two that I see and recognize. However. The carpenter ants LOVE the nectar and I really just want to torch my house now. The skinny ones get inside the yellow tips then when they’re fat and ready to go back to the nest guess what?! Yep their front half is reaching and struggling and their butt is firmly stuck inside the stamen part of the feeders this happens on all of them. I tried filling my built in ant moat but these stupid geniuses DRINK THE MOAT WATER and then get in my feeder. I’ve seen them on several occasions. It’s really gross when several ants are stuck in the same stamen as well. Like, you learned how to drink the moat water why don’t you learn to stay out of my feeder!! I need to find a way to make those holes just a little smaller or put up a better moat. So thanks for this! I’m going to use a small Harry Potter butter beer plastic tumbler since it’s too small to actually drink from haha
3 years ago on Step 17
This was a godsend! I've struggled for 2 years with suction cup hooks that fall right off my windows, or using shepherd's hooks for the feeders, which makes it so we can't see the hummers from inside the house. I was about to just give up when I did one last-ditch google attempt and came across this article. I now have 3 feeders at 3 different windows hanging from our gutters. Thank you so much! Very easy to do and a great idea and no damage done to the house/gutters.
9 years ago on Step 17