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DIY hummingbird feeders: any recommendations?

 
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I keep two hummingbird feeders in my yard. They live here year round, and right now, in the deep of winter, they need supplementation if they're going to be alive to raise their babies in the spring-- very little is in bloom as the temps dip down to near freezing at night and I'm very happy to have at least 4 different species visiting my yard.
My feeders are the usual plastic gickola (never seen any here made of glass or anything else), and in the subtropical sun they get weathered and worn quickly. One looks like it's about to give up the ghose and I'd like to make my own to replace it, we recycle a lot of bottles and it seems like a reasonable project.

A few designs (from this list of DIY feeders) look possible but I wanted to know if anyone has done it successfully.
I am not 100% sure about the kind that have rubber or cork stoppers, we have very serious temp fluctuations and I am not sure that the stopper would stay in with the bottle upside down. But there are some types that look more like a bottle-into-a-pan type thing that seem more promising, like



I am also really interested in SIMPLE, like the glass-salt-shaker thing



Anybody done it and have any suggestions?
 
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The second one seems like it will be very hard for the birds to use as soon as the level of liquid goes down at all.  

I'm very interested in people's ideas about this, I would like to make some too.
 
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I wanted to mention that I’ve always had more luck with a plant or two they like rather than sugar water setup. Comfrey seems to be a favorite. It also pops up around the time most of them migrate to my state. Are you sure they are supposed to be locals?
 
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