No one likes sticky sugar water dripping on to their feeder – or worse yet, on their porch or patio! Thankfully, we have some super easy tips on how to keep your feeder from dripping!
Fill and Tilt
Make sure that you do not OVERFILL the bottles. Fill them up about 3/4 of the way. Next, tilt them slightly UPWARDS so that the nectar line falls below the hole.
Not only does this keep the bottles from dripping, it also helps deter wasps and bees! Tilting the bottles to where the nectar falls below the hole moves the nectar out of reach from the bees and wasps, but not from the hummingbirds, who can use their long tongues to empty the bottles.
Your bottle tips may wear out over time and need replacing. For your convenience, we sell REPLACEMENT TIPS (click here for the listing)! Wear typically happens over a year or so due to prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. If you live in a climate with intense summer heat, or if you left your feeder out during a freeze, your tips may show wear after several months.
Sometimes a combination of 1) overfilling the bottles, 2) making your nectar too thick, and 3) leaving them in direct sunlight for most of the day, without any hummingbird activity, will cause them to drip.
Follow these tips to keep your hummingbird feeder clean and free from bees!