To our surprise, there are a few solutions to provide heated hummingbird feeders out there, although they can be hard to find. Our solution came in the way of a plastic cup with a lightbulb that was sold in a local wild bird store for $40. Excessive? Indeed. However, it had the one bit that we couldn’t easily (or be bothered to deal with) replicate: A built-in fuse for the tiny 7-watt lightbulb to prevent any fire hazards.
First, the feeder itself is the flat circle type. The hummingbirds seem to prefer this, as it allows them to perch easily. It’s also easier to clean than the traditional bottle feeders.
Once attached by way of some bungee / elastic cords and plastic hooks, it lights up when plugged in and is enough to prevent the food (liquid) from freezing. And at night, it looks like a tiny red UFO in the backyard – bonus!
Indeed, our entertainment needs are simple.