Updated at: 17-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Hummingbird feeders come in a variety of sizes, from little to big, with the primary distinction being the amount of nectar each feeder can hold.

The optimal volume for a hummingbird feeder is between 8 and 12 ounces, as this quantity allows for plenty of feedings without requiring frequent cleaning. Upgrade to a 16 plus ounce feeder later with extra perches – while its better to invest in two or three lower capacity feeders in an effort to attract hummers to all sections of the yard.

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A large capacity nectar hummingbird feeder may not be necessary, but it may help keep the hummingbirds in your yard from fighting amongst themselves, so I can’t really advise against it.

Instead of focusing on getting a huge hummingbird feeder, you should prioritize getting more port wells with accompanying perches. In comparison to a smaller feeder, a bigger one will require more cleaning and maintenance.

Choose a hummingbird feeder based on the number of hummers that visit your feeder at once, and you’ll be able to accommodate all of them comfortably.

If you want to be on the safe side, you shouldn’t go for a bigger size feeder because then you’ll have to fill it to the top every time to avoid leaking and maintain a liquid vacuum.

If you want to attract and keep hummingbirds at your feeder, you should invest in a feeder with a medium to large capacity, with the additional port wells needed for feeding hummingbirds being a top priority.

If you’re set on getting a bigger hummingbird feeder, I’d advise buying two or three smaller feeders to share the cost.

Hummingbirds can be attracted to your yard by hanging or placing additional red hummingbird feeders in strategic locations; one feeder may go unnoticed, but a cluster of feeders is impossible to miss.

Small 8 to 12 oz. capacity is best

There will be more port wells and perches for hummingbirds if the feeder is larger.

Knowing that hummingbirds will be using all those extra port wells to get to your feeder means you should get one with a capacity of 32 to 40 ounces.

My favorite hummingbird feeders weigh anywhere from 4 to 40 ounces, but shoppers should shop accordingly.

If you want to attract hummingbirds, the optimal size feeder is between 8 and 12 ounces, regardless of your specific situation.

This little hummingbird feeder may be sufficient even if you currently only have a couple of hummers stopping by.

Even a compact feeder like this one may accommodate anywhere from four to eight port wells, so the quantity of nectar you can hold is not the only determining factor in the feeder’s capacity.

There may be a large gathering of hummingbirds at a feeder, yet some of them may have to wait their turn while they hover or perch.

Knowing that you’ll get dozens of hummers at once, it doesn’t harm to be better prepared.

Upgrade to 16 oz. plus if busy garden

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Stick with your current hummingbird feeder if you have no problems with hummers in the yard, even if it is a smaller model that can only hold 8 to 12 ounces of nectar.

However, if you find that it is becoming too crowded around and around the hummingbird feeder mounted on the pole, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Keep in mind, if you have a bully hummer or hummingbirds that persist on fighting, you can still use your old feeder and hang this new one near it or on the other side of the yard.

Instead of placing all of your hope into a single hummingbird feeder, you could instead consider utilizing two or even three.

You may certainly upgrade to a feeder with a higher capacity if you’d like, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need to go up any more than 16 ounces.

However, instead of buying one 16-ounce feeder, why not buy two 8-ounce feeders and split the weight between them?

With two feeders, you can better attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Hummingbird feeders shouldn’t be placed next to other bird feeders, but multiple feeders can be strung close together as long as the space between them is large enough for passing hummers to see both feeders.

Nectar use likely to be low

A hummingbird feeder with a reservoir that can hold 8 to 12 ounces of water is, in my opinion, the ideal option.

Still, all that research and development can result in a beautiful plastic or glass hummingbird feeder with anywhere from four to eight feeding ports.

If you already have hummingbirds in your yard, you might be among the lucky few to have a busy hummingbird feeder, but the rest of us, myself included, will likely see far less of the nectar in our feeders go to waste in a yard that is less visited.

Even if a small number of hummingbirds visit each day, they won’t drink up all of the nectar in the feeder.

Since nectar can go bad, it’s important to change it out on a regular basis, despite the fact that you’ll constantly be restocking well ahead of when it’s actually needed.

In the beginning, a smaller hummingbird feeder is preferable because excess nectar will evaporate in a larger feeder.

Since nectar will always go to waste in a feeder that’s too large, it’s important to fill it all the way to the top before securing the vacuum to prevent leaks.

Giant size Hummingbird feeders go to waste

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Indeed, large hummingbird feeders have their place, but they should be a top priority in any yard that regularly attracts a large number of hummers.

Even if the nectar in a large hummingbird feeder isn’t consumed quickly, the birds will still be able to take advantage of the many feeding ports and perches.

A great hummingbird feeder tip is to provide more perches so that you may feed both hovering and landing hummers, as there’s no risk in expecting the feeder to become too crowded.

In my opinion, a larger hummingbird feeder with many perches is a bit of a pain to own and maintain.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a big hummingbird feeder; you’ll just have to make sure it stays full.

A decent hummingbird feeder doesn’t have to be a specific size or capacity, but it does need to be regularly cleaned and maintained to prevent leaks. Hummingbird feeders that are larger in size will require more parts and parts.

Larger hummingbird feeders don’t typically have the steps taken to ward off ants and bees that are seen in smaller and medium sized feeders.


Anyone just starting out in luring hummingbirds to their feeders should look for a bottle with a reservoir that can hold anywhere from 8 to 16 ounces of nectar-rich water.

The size of the hummingbird feeder will depend on the size of the glass or plastic bottle reservoir, therefore even a tiny feeder may have more perches and port wells than a large feeder, as is reasonable to assume.

An 8- or 12-ounce capacity hummingbird feeder is ideal, in my opinion.

The number of detachable parts makes it unnecessary to create artificial hummingbird nectar for cleaning and upkeep.

Contrast this with a big capacity hummingbird feeder, which must be filled to the brim to prevent leakage but has to be dismantled with more parts and may have too many port wells.

If you want to keep hummingbirds from picking fights with one another or being bullied, it’s best to use a feeder with a large capacity.

For the benefit of the hummer population, I propose slicing a 16-ounce feeder in half to make two 8-ounce feeders. You’ll still need to lure hummers in, but stocking up on feeders increases your odds of seeing at least one.

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