SINCE RECOMMENDING "DISH-STYLE" HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS about a month ago, I've had several inquiries from people who have had trouble finding one. Several large companies do make them, however, so with a few tips (which will arrive shortly) anyone who wants a dish-style feeder should be able to locate one for sale.
First, let's quickly review the advantages of dish-style feeders. In my book, the main advantage is that they're easy to clean: Just remove the top and you can clean the inside thoroughly, without having to use a bottle brush. Another advantage is that because the feeding holes are above the water level, there is no risk of dripping as there is with styles that place the holes below the liquid. This style also deters some of the larger insects that are attracted to sugar water, because their tongues aren't long enough to reach the water. (If the insect is small enough to crawl in through the feeding hole, however, it will do so.)
So how can you find them? I'm aware of three companies that make this style of feeder.
The one in the photo above is made by Yule-Hyde Associates Co., a Canadian company. It has most of the characteristics I recommend in a hummingbird feeder:
1. Dish style for easy cleaning.
2. Perches for better viewing of the birds.
3. Mounts on the window. This allows better viewing of the birds, but another advantage is that window-mounted feeders are rarely troubled by sugar-seeking ants.
The one drawback of this inexpensive feeder is that the perches seem to break off easily. For that reason, a more expensive feeder made out of tougher plastic may be a better investment.
Now oddly, I cannot find this feeder on the Yule-Hyde website. In fact, I can't seem to find this feeder available online or even mentioned online. I purchased mine at a local feed store, but have no idea how anyone who doesn't live near me can get one. All I can suggest is that you ask local stores whether they are able to order them. Ask for Model Number HBW1.
Meanwhile, two U.S. companies also make dish-style hummingbird feeders, and their products are widely available. These feeders are more expensive than the Yule Hyde, but they are also made of tougher plastic. So they may well be a better deal in the long run.
Right, the Aspects HummZinger "Mini" holds 8 ounces of sugar water, which is usually plenty as you should replace the food frequently anyway. Note the perches and the ant moat around the hanging stem.
Aspects makes several versions of its dish-style "HummZinger" brand. All are hanging styles (in other words, not window mountable), but they do have perches. They come with a lifetime guarantee and also have built-in ant moats, which is a convenient feature on a hanging feeder. (An ant moat, as the name implies, is a trough that you fill with water. This helps to prevent ants from reaching the sugar water in your feeder.) An ant moat is nice to have but not essential on a hummingbird feeder as ant moats can be bought separately from companies such as Lee Valley.
Aspects also sells a window-mounted dish-style feeder which they call the "Nectar Bar". Unfortunately, the Nectar Bar does not have perches.
Right, the Nectar Bar from Aspects. I like the little roof that prevents rain from getting into the sugar water, but I wish it had perches.
Droll Yankees is one of the best-known and most respected makers of bird feeders, and they also make dish-style hummingbird feeders. They offer a hanging style and a window mounted style, both in a sturdy plastic with a lifetime guarantee. Both feeders also have a perchable rim.
Right, dish-style feeders from Droll Yankees. The top one is a hanging style, the "Happy Eight 2", while under that is the window-mounted "Window Hummer 2". Both have perchable rims.
I think all of the feeders described here are good ones and would be happy to have any of them. However, by a hair I think my favorite would be the Droll Yankees window-mounted dish-style hummingbird feeder, shown at bottom.