Friday, June 19, 2015

A New Way to Feed Hummingbirds: The Hummerbar® ( A Review )

Summer seems to be a busy season for so many things around here - taking care of the garden, going on trips, and receiving new products to try. Here's one I got a few weeks ago, just before I left for Toronto that has me intrigued. From Perky-Pet®, it's a hummingbird feeder extraordinaire!

Called the Hummerbar®, the one I received is a two-foot long tube that holds the nectar for the hummingbirds, with 22 ports (11 on each side) that allow many hummingbirds to feed at one time.

It hangs via two cords, which we attached to one of the crossbars on our pergola, right outside our family room window, so we could watch the hummingbirds feed from it. It was easy to get it level, because there are push-button cord clamps that allow you to adjust the length of the cords.

Here you can see the cord clamps and a glimpse of the
easy-to-remove rubber stopper on top. The end caps come
off for easy cleaning.
I waited until it was hung before filling it (they recommend filling it just halfway so that no nectar spills out), through a hole in one end that has a removable plug. In total, it took no more than five minutes to get it assembled, hung, and filled.

I've had to send my regular camera away to be fixed, so I haven't gotten a good photo of the hummingbirds at ours just yet and so far I've only seen one at a time feeding from it, but I've not had it up that long, nor have I been home long enough to observe it for any length of time. But here's a video of a Hummerbar® showing several feeding at once:

Hummingbirds are extremely territorial and I've seen three of them attempting to feed at our old, smaller window feeder at the same time and they're always jockeying for position at it. But this feeder looks like it would give them a wider berth so that several could feed at once without them feeling threatened.

It comes in a four-foot length too, with 44 feeding ports, which would give them even more room. (Although it's always kind of fun to see their acrobatics when they're trying to dominate the dinner table.)

The Hummerbar® is available at Amazon and directly from Perky-Pet. I don't know if your local Wild Birds Unlimited store would have them, but it would be worth an ask to see.

This is one of our ruby-throated hummingbirds just waiting on me
to fill up our feeder!

I received the Hummerbar® free from Perky-Pet® for the purposes of testing and review, with no further compensation. All opinions expressed here are my own. This blog post contains an Amazon affiliate link. Any purchase of any item made through that link costs you no more, and may put a few pennies in my affiliate account. Thank you!


RobinL said...

I use a small flying saucer type feeder that I got from Wild Birds Unlimited, and even though I have two of them side by side, I've never had more than one feeding at a time. I often notice two hummers circling my yard, taking turns, because one is a juvenile and one an adult. Still, they never feed together. I'm curious if this bar would change that.

Kylee Baumle said...

Robin ~ I've seen two feed at once on our small window feeder, so I'm thinking this one, which is much larger, will at least entice two or more. I've seen photos on blogs of more than one feeding at a time on traditional feeders, so I know they will. But time will tell if this one will!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is for someone that has lots of hummers. It is a lot of excitement around here if we have more than two at one time.

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ We've had three at a time competing for a spot at our old feeder. But you're right, it would probably be ideal for a location that has lots of hummingbirds.

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

I have one of these, too, and I'm waiting to review it until I see a hummingbird using it. I'm thinking maybe I should have put it up at the beginning of the season to give it a fair chance. I'm sure it will be valuable and useful during migration season in the fall, when hundreds of hummers seem to fly through at the same time! Seems like an ingenious design.

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