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How far apart should hummingbird feeders be. I have two and have had to move one of them several times. I have them about 30 feet apart, but one hummingbird is still chasing off all others from both feeders. I am at a loss as to what to do. I do not have much more room to maneuver them. Thanks DL

A This is an important, but difficult question to answer. It seems that every source we consult has a different suggestion. Some say cluster all your feeders together, while other say space them far apart. We'd suggest trying one strategy, and if it doesn't work try another.

In general, it helps to have extra feeders if you have an aggressive bird that is chasing all the other hummers away.

If you choose the strategy of spacing your feeders apart, it is helpful if some of them are out of sight of the others. In areas were there are several different species (such as we have in southeastern Arizona) it is also helpful to have feeders at different heights. The tiny Calliope Hummingbirds, for example, like to sneak in and feed just a couple of feet off the ground.

In HUMMINGBIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, Dan True tells of an elaborate strategy he uses to deal with aggressive rufous hummingbirds (They can be the worst!). He puts one feeder up quite high and gives it a slightly higher concentration of sugar than the feeders that are at the regular level.

If you come up with a good strategy let us hear about it!

-- Larry & Terrie

 

 

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