One of my favorite companies is First Nature. An American manufacturer that has been around for well over twenty years now, they make really high quality seed feeders and hummingbird feeders, as well as a great hummingbird nectar, all made in the United States and all very high quality.
In this article I’m going to look specifically at their wonderful hummingbird feeders, with a brief description and review of each one to help you decide which is best for you.
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Table of Contents
- What to Look For in the Best Hummingbird Feeders
- The Best First Nature Hummingbird Feeders in 2022
- Bonus Section: What Should You Fill Your New Hummingbird Feeder With?
What to Look For in the Best Hummingbird Feeders
Choosing a hummingbird feeder is actually a pretty simple affair, and First Nature feeders definitely have all the bases covered, but I’d like to take a minute anyway to talk about what is important in a good and effective hummingbird feeder.
Smaller hummingbird feeders mean less nectar inside, which can be good and bad.
On one hand, the contents are less likely to go stale or moldy, which is especially important early and late in the season, but smaller contents also mean filling more frequently.
Larger feeders need to be filled less often, and can still be good for early or late season if you simply put less nectar in them. They are also better for larger birds, like orioles, and can be easier to clean.
Many people like to use several small feeders, spaced out in their yard, to make sure everybody is served without conflict – hummingbirds can be very territorial!
Really, though people talk a lot about the opening of the feeder port, a good hummingbird feeder, like those made by First Nature, will always have optimal openings for hummingbirds.
The most important thing, then, is to get a feeder that is easy to clean and easy to fill, and one that you can easily monitor from a distance, so you can make sure to keep them full.
It’s also nice to have some pest control designed in – especially for bees, wasps and ants – but we’ll talk about that more in the product reviews.
Glass versus plastic is also a hotly debated topic, but if you get a high quality feeder the materials don’t really matter. Good plastic feeders will stay clear, be strong and durable and hold up to any and all conditions, and can be a lot less expensive.
Speaking of expensive, you will see some pretty pricey hummingbird feeders out there, but they are pretty much never worth it – unless they are just so beautiful that you can’t imagine your garden without one hanging in it for all to see.
But the hummingbirds themselves don’t care, as long as it’s red, and inexpensive and high quality hummingbird feeders – again, like those made by First Nature – are your best bet.
So let’s get into it, shall we? Below I will list all of the various sizes and varieties of First Nature hummingbird feeders, to let you get the best overall picture of what’s available from this excellent company and to make your final choices as easy and as effective as possible.
At the end of the article, in the Bonus Section, I will talk a little about what you should use to fill your new feeder, so make sure to check it out!
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Best Cheap Hummingbird Feeder
This is one of the best inexpensive hummingbird feeders I’ve ever found – strong, durable, easy to hang and stable once it’s up, the First Nature 16 ounce hummingbird feeder is a nearly perfect feeder at a very low price.
The reservoir is clear, for easy monitoring of nectar levels, and it seems to stay clear forever, even after exposure to the elements. The red plastic will attract hummingbirds, so there’s no need to add food coloring to the water. And, like all First Nature feeders, this least expensive model has the wonderful twist apart two piece base, which makes cleaning even easier and more effective.
The mouths are not only the optimal size and shape for hummers, they are also nicely spaced, so that up to 10 birds can feed at once without fighting – well, not too much fighting, that is; they are, after all, hummingbirds!
The First Nature 3051 16 ounce hummingbird feeder does not come with an ant guard, so you might want to purchase one separately – like my favorite, the Hummer’s Galore Ant Moat.
- Very Inexpensive
- Durable and Strong Construction
- Very Easy to Clean, Especially with the Patented Twist Apart Base
- Excellent Overall Design – Stable and Effective
- No Ant Moat
- The First Nature “Flower” Feeder (just below) is a Better Value
Best for Keeping Bees and Wasps Away
For a small hummingbird feeder, this First Nature Yellow Flower feeder is definitely your best bet – not just within the First Nature lineup, but maybe overall – and a fantastic value.
Strong, durable and perfectly designed, this feeder has ten feeding mouths, to accommodate even the busiest feeding periods, and it remains very stable and steady even when there’s lots of activity.
Compared to the slightly less expensive normal small First Nature feeder just above, this Yellow Flower feeder has two important features: one is the contrasting yellow feed mouths, which color is said to repel wasps, bees and hornets, and the second is the built-in ant-guard, a water moat at the top which keeps those creepy pests at bay.
Ant guards are important when using sugar water or hummingbird nectar, and when you factor in the price of a separate ant guard, this is actually the less expensive choice than First Nature’s opening model – especially when you get the super value four pack!
If you’ve never had problems with ants, the basic First Nature small hummingbird feeder above is actually a bit cheaper, but this Yellow Flower model is still very inexpensive, and with its nice contrasting flower-shaped feeder mouths, ant guard and a prettier design it’s probably your best bet overall – it’s definitely an amazing value!
- Very Easy to Clean and Fill
- Twist Apart Base for More Thorough Cleaning
- Durable and Well Made
- Includes Built-In Ant Moat
- Yellow Feed Holes to Repel Wasps and Bees
- Great Design on All Levels
Best Cheap Large Hummingbird Feeder
For a large feeder – it has a half gallon capacity – this is a very inexpensive product, and yet its material and construction quality, its design and its effectiveness are all of the very highest level – just what we expect from First Nature.
This First Nature large hummingbird feeder has 10 feeding mouths, which are spaced widely enough that they can all be used at the same time – I was going to use the word “peacefully,” but, again, we are talking about hummingbirds here!
A very well designed and well made product, it is a very easy feeder to clean and to fill, and it stays really stable when hung. The hard plastic is durable and strong, and you can be sure the color will last and the nice transparent reservoir will stay clear for many years.
The First Nature 32 ounce hummingbird feeder is a great product, made in the US by people who clearly love hummingbirds as much as we do – but still, for a little more you might do well to consider their Yellow Flower model, described just below.
The First Nature 3055 32 ounce hummingbird feeder does not come with an ant guard, so you might want to purchase one separately – like my favorite, the Hummer’s Galore Ant Moat.
- High Quality and Very Durable Materials
- Excellent and Effective Design
- Ultra Easy to Clean and to Fill
- Strong and Stable
- Very Low Price
- Just like with their small feeders, the First Nature large “Flower” Feeder (just below) is actually a Better Value
Prettiest Hummingbird Feeder
I call this the “prettiest” hummingbird feeder in the First Nature line, and their large Yellow Flower feeder is a beautiful product – as attractive to the eye as it is to hummingbirds.
But that’s not the main reason I am so enthusiastic about this big (2 quart capacity) hummingbird feeder. Just as we saw with the two smaller First Nature feeders above, this Yellow Flower is actually a much better value than their admittedly excellent basic large-sized model.
Everything I love about First Nature feeders is here – the ten well-spaced feeder ports, the nice circular perch, the extremely high quality materials and construction quality, the patented twist-apart base, the extreme ease of filling and cleaning, the no-leak design and more.
And, being a “Yellow Flower” model, this big feeder also has the pretty contrasting yellow flower feeder ports, which are less attractive to bees and wasps, as well as the arguably even more important built in ant moat at the top – a simple water reservoir which will keep ants away from the hummers’ precious nectar.
As great as the less expensive plain large First Nature feeder is – probably the best I’ve found for that price – this slightly more expensive Yellow Flower hummingbird feeder is a better value, and for almost anybody a better choice.
And if you get one of the value packs – with two, four or even six feeders that you can hang spaced out in your yard or garden – the large Yellow Flower is even a better value still – and, knowing how territorial hummingbirds can be, a more peaceful option!
Bonus Section: What Should You Fill Your New Hummingbird Feeder With?
I’ve talked before about the best recipes for hummingbird nectar, but in this article in particular it seems a good idea to cover it again, to make sure your sugar water is as attractive as possible to hummingbirds, as well as easy and inexpensive to make.
First of all, the ingredients – super simple, the best nectar is just sugar and water, and that’s it! So, our recipe looks something like this – take notes, so you can remember everything!
- One cup sugar
- Four cups water
Seriously, that’s all there is to it. To make things even easier, keep in mind that basic white sugar is best – we may be tempted to add some kind of organic, healthy, free-range Himalayan sugar (yeah, I know those last two aren’t really things), but hummingbirds prefer white refined sugar.
And while many people recommend a lower concentrate during the early and late feeding season, when there’s less activity, or even just using less sugar to save money, I ‘ve always found that this 4:1 ratio is perfect. In early spring or late summer/fall, when the nectar isn’t consumed as fast, just make sure to change it and clean your feeders more frequently.
And please, no red dye. Yes, hummers really are attracted to the color red, but any hummingbird feeder worth its sugar will have plenty of red plastic to draw them, and it’s not clear that dyes or other additives are necessarily healthy.
Are Pre-Packaged Hummingbird Nectars Any Good?
All that said, I should also mention that premade hummingbird nectar is still enormously popular, and despite the simplicity of the above recipe a good packaged nectar is even easier.
It is more expensive, of course, but the best nectars will be of consistently high quality, and will also include a good basic preservative – my favorite premade nectar, which is also made by First Nature, contains potassium sorbate, a safe and basic preservative which is especially effective in inhibiting mold (the growth of which is probably the biggest problem with sugar water, and will drive hummingbirds away).
So if the three steps in my recipe above seem a bit much, or if you just want to make sure the nectar stays as fresh as possible – especially early and late in the season, when there’s less feeding – I strongly recommend First Nature’s premium clear nectar.
Of course, now that I think about it, there’s still three steps – add concentrate, add water, stir. Oh well, it’s still a great product!