Looking for an online store that sells bat proof hummingbird feeders. Any ideas?

Looking for an online store that sells bat proof hummingbird feeders. Any ideas?

20 March, 2010 (06:32) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin


I am trying to buy my mother a birthday gift. She recently complained that bats are draining her hummingbird feeders. She mentioned that they have bat proof feeders. I’d like to purchase one for her. Does anyone know of an online store where I can find one?

Your mother must live in southern Arizona. I’ve never heard of a bat-proof hummingbird feeder, and I doubt there’s much of a market for such a product since bats are only a problem at hummingbird feeders along the Mexican border from southern Arizona to western Texas (the only part of the U.S. where nectar-drinking bats live).

The next best thing is to get some lightweight fence wire or tomato cage wire with openings 4 inches by 6 inches and make a "bat cage" to hang her feeder inside. It’s pretty easy to do – just make sure to orient the openings in the wire horizontally to give the hummingbirds easy access, and make the cage wide enough that there’s at least 6 inches between the outside and the holes in the feeder so that the bats don’t just stick their heads through the openings to drink.

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Comment from birdbabe
Time March 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Your mother must live in southern Arizona. I’ve never heard of a bat-proof hummingbird feeder, and I doubt there’s much of a market for such a product since bats are only a problem at hummingbird feeders along the Mexican border from southern Arizona to western Texas (the only part of the U.S. where nectar-drinking bats live).

The next best thing is to get some lightweight fence wire or tomato cage wire with openings 4 inches by 6 inches and make a "bat cage" to hang her feeder inside. It’s pretty easy to do – just make sure to orient the openings in the wire horizontally to give the hummingbirds easy access, and make the cage wide enough that there’s at least 6 inches between the outside and the holes in the feeder so that the bats don’t just stick their heads through the openings to drink.
References :
I feed both hummingbirds and nectar bats.

Nectar bats:
http://www.nearfamous.com/Pages/NectarBats.html
http://www.auburn.edu/~kilgoch/nectar_bats.htm
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/printDS/150134
http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/2006/10/11/tucsons-hummingbird-feeder-bats/
http://bisbeebirders.blogspot.com/2007/10/on-wings-of-night.html

Photo showing bat cage:
http://www.arizonabirder.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=13