Updated at: 06-06-2023 - By: Jane Brody

As more hummers arrive at a feeder in search of sustenance, the resident hummers may develop territorial attitudes and begin daily fights with any newcomers.

If you want to prevent hummingbirds from attacking one another over feeders, you should put up more than one. As a result, hummingbirds won’t become stressed out when they see that there’s plenty of nectar to go around. Put some space between your feeders to prevent hummers from congregating, and conceal any additional feeders to avoid territorial birds claiming them all.

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You might need more than a day to get the hummers to stop fighting at the feeder if you want to keep them from doing so.

Hummingbirds get into fights over feeders because they feel threatened by other birds stealing their nectar and overwhelming the feeder with their constant buzzing.

You can put everyone’s nerves at ease by purchasing a second hummingbird feeder of the same or similar design, or by making your own feeder.

A hummingbird feeder with a perch may attract aggressive hummers or a colony of hummers that prevents most other birds from accessing the feeder. So that a feeder without perches will only attract hovering hummingbirds.

If hummingbirds can’t perch, they can’t defend their feeder from intruders, and that makes it tougher for them to win the battle.

If you have a swarm of hummingbirds, the best approach to keep them from fighting amongst themselves is to provide them with a feeder that doesn’t have perches, but does have plenty of feeding ports.

If there are enough port wells but no perches, you can attract a large number of hummingbirds to a single feeder.

Add additional feeder

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In order to prevent hummingbirds from attacking one another, it is recommended to provide many feeders.

In most cases, a single hummingbird feeder is sufficient. If you have arguing hummingbirds, the only way to see them get along and end the bickering is to provide each pair with their own feeder.

It is possible to move this secondary or even third hummingbird feeder till the fighting ends or the situation calms down.

The number of hummingbird feeders you require is variable and subject to how many hummingbirds frequent your yard.

Most people would only hang up two hummingbird feeders, but those with busier gardens and more space may put up three.

Large groups of hummingbirds often fight over a limited supply of nectar, so providing more feeders and the promise of more port wells can help keep the peace.

Hummers may be able to keep a low profile if provided with a constant supply of food, but a dry feeder can lead them to flee in panic.

Hummingbirds become reliant on hummingbird feeders and learn to recognize their locations, making it difficult for them to forage for nectar in the wild.

Create allowable distance

If you’ve gone to the bother of purchasing a second hummingbird feeder, I’m going to presume that you’re trying to prevent hummingbirds from squabbling over the first one.

As a preliminary matter, I will stress the importance of following the guideline of hanging the new hummingbird feeder in the yard between four and six feet from the ground, with a shady area preferred over too much sunlight that would degrade the nectar.

A hummingbird feeder should be placed some distance from the original feeder; the exact distance depends on the architecture of your backyard, but it’s generally recommended to leave at least six feet of space.

I wouldn’t count on it being permanent at a distance of 4-6 feet, where troublesome hummingbirds may easily resume their fight.

It’s likely that the hummingbird feeders are too close together if the birds are still squabbling over food.

In order to place the second hummingbird feeder, you’ll need to dig up the current one or else move it a distance of 15 feet or so.

Hummingbird feeders, especially new ones, should never be hidden from view. Additional feeders may need to be hidden in order to keep the persistently aggressive hummingbirds away.

Hide extra feeder if fighting persists

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If hummingbirds continue to battle over the feeder after you’ve placed a second or third feeder out of sight, it may be time to conceal the extra feeders.

It is important to keep the hummingbirds in this situation from chasing away other birds or taking over the feeder all by themselves.

The best course of action is to let the hummingbird or birds stay at the feeder where the conflict is occurring, and to gradually remove any additional feeders.

Until the hummers become accustomed to the direction the feeder is heading, placing it behind a cover or on the side of a building is not a good idea.

Your next step is to gradually move the additional feeders further and further away from the problematic hummingbird feeder over the course of many days.

We can only hope that the hummingbirds who aren’t intimidated by the bullies and the new hummers that may come during this period will continue to use these secluded feeders.

Defending their own feeder isn’t the only thing bully hummers can do, and they’ll probably end up protecting any neighboring feeders as well.

Hummingbird feeders can be hung from wherever you like; however, you may need to purchase an additional bird feeder pole or, alternatively, you could simply hang the feeder from a sturdy tree branch; however, it must remain open to the elements for hummers to use it.

In a similar vein, if you don’t have anywhere new to install a hummingbird feeder in your yard, you don’t necessarily need to.

Hummingbird feeders come in a variety of forms, including those that adhere to windows, those that can be handled for entertainment, and those that are simply balanced on tables or other outdoor furniture.

Swap Hummingbird feeder type

If there is only one hummingbird feeder in the area, you’re not likely to witness many hummers defending it from other birds.

A territorial hummingbird at a feeder can be identified by its outwardly facing posture, loud calls, and occasional pursuit of other hummers.

The multiple perches on the hummingbird feeder are what the bird will use to perch on. What’s more, perches near hummingbird feeders simply help bullies and escalate conflicts.

The third and last method would require you to ensure that it has no perches at all.

That way, no hummingbird will be able to perch while feeding, which may lead to the hummers defending their feeder if they have one.

A perch-type hummingbird feeder is a good place to start, but if you want to be absolutely certain, you might want to go with a non-perch hummingbird feeder instead, so long as you leave enough space for the birds to hover above it.

By preventing only problem hummers from using this feeder, you can prevent hummingbirds from fighting over it.

While the removal of perches might not be enough to eliminate all internal strife, it would be a good first step.

To summarize

In order to maintain their health, hummingbirds regularly compete for food at feeders, and it’s only fair that they do so.

It is possible to calm hummingbirds at feeders by providing a larger feeder with many more perches in situ, and therefore more port wells opened up.

If you need more feeding spots for the hummingbirds, you can always get another feeder.

The silence of the hummers is a telltale sign that the new feeder is doing its job, and may be seen by a second feeder.

Add a third hummingbird feeder if the din persists. If you want to spread out territorial hummers across a larger region, the placement of a second or third feeder is important; they should be at least 4 to 6 feet apart.

These new feeders can further isolate the solitary hummingbirds that have taken up guard duty at an existing feeder.

However, the feeding stations can become a battleground if they are too close together or if the feeders can be seen from one other.

The second, or perhaps third, hummingbird feeder would have to be moved to a new location around the corner. The territorial hummingbirds will be able to focus on their own territory, while the transient ones will be more than happy to share.

Don’t rush into hiding more feeders; give the hummingbirds time to adjust to the idea that the feeders will still be accessible, but in a diminishing fashion.

When a result, a hummingbird feeder without perches can prevent a single bully or numerous hummingbirds from bickering as they perch on the feeder.

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