Winter Hummingbird Feeder, Warm and Bright in the Cold




Winter hummingbirds need help in sub-freezing weather. This simple feeder can be made for $50 in an hour, works with seed feeders too, and is cheap and cheerful to watch. All you need is a chick brooder lamp from a hardware store, a flat pan feeder and a plastic flower pot. A few screws, and your hummers will thank you for it



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    1 year ago

    Thanks for this tutorial! I've been trying to sort a way to heat my feeders. Did you have any issues with the plastic pot melting from being so close to the metal parts of the lamp?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Not at all, 35w works well and doesnt make much heat. I'm now on my third generation of these they work so well! Try to find a lamp that slides up inside a plastic flower pot, and try to find a plastic flower pot that has a raised lip or rim that the feeder wires can hang off. Much easier to rehang feeder after filling it and its syrup is rocking around. I've got three outside right now and my hummers are happy!

    This is the first year that I have seen hummingbirds during the winter months. At first I thought we just had one, but now we have seen three. I found this video and decided to make one today with the temperature in the 20's and rotating my feeders out all day after they started to freeze. $56, 1 hour later, we had our heated feeder made. Within 5 minutes we had our first hummingbird using it. I think I'll make another one!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    see the feeder in action at;


    This is really a great idea, I enjoy seeing the hummingbirds in my yard each year, and I would love to accommodate them year round. This is a well made video too. Good work!