When are you supposed to take down hummingbird feeders for the year?

When are you supposed to take down hummingbird feeders for the year?

12 January, 2010 (02:15) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin


I heard that if you don’t take down hummingbird feeders by a certain time of year it interferes with their migration habits. I heard you should remove them around Labor Day. Just wondered if that were true.

I take them down when I don’t see the birds at the feeders for a few days, usually middle september. I assume that they are gone at that point.

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Comments

Comment from evilindependent
Time January 12, 2010 at 7:45 am

I have heard they follow ducks and geese as they migrate, requested that feeders be taken down as soon as you notice these birds leaving.
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Comment from lauren s
Time January 12, 2010 at 7:50 am

depends where you live. in ca they are up all year due to good climate conditions. hard freeze will kill hummingbirds so i would take them down end of august to give them plenty of time to get out of town before cold weather…3 sept is labor day so that makes sense…..
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Comment from Julie
Time January 12, 2010 at 8:34 am

I take them down when I don’t see the birds at the feeders for a few days, usually middle september. I assume that they are gone at that point.
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Comment from sonnyboy
Time January 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

From the middle to end of Setember is when I take mine down or sooner if the weather gets cooler earlier.
You don’t want them coming to your feeder till it’s too late for them to go south.When you see the numbers you have feeding slow down,take them down till next spring.
They are the lovliest little birds and I’m just fascinated with them.Watch them by the hour on end and look forward to the next spring.
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Comment from DAVE
Time January 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I have a couple hummers that did not migrate south. I live in central Ca. The weather has been into the 20’s & 30’s recently. These hummers continue to sit in a tree close to the feeders and feed throughtout the day. Should I take the feeders away ? I heard elsewhere to leave feeders up for migrating birds to feed from. Help ?

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