Feeding hummingbirds is something that’s relatively easy to do as long as you’re sure to keep fresh food in your feeder and keep your feeder clean.
If this is the first time you’re placing a hummingbird feeder in your yard, you will have to wait for awhile before the birds start arriving…but they will arrive!
Actually, you may need to replace the food once or twice before they starting coming.
But don’t give up, your efforts will be worth it.
Hummingbirds are not quite as bold as other birds, and seem to be a bit skittish about trying out new sources of food.
Once they find a reliable source of food, however, they will easily return again and again throughout the warm season.
So, what’s a reliable source of food?
You’ll easily find hummingbird food in the store. It’s usually red, and is a pre-mix type of powder. I’ve tried this powder personally and have not found it to work very well.
The premise is that it’s sweet enough to attract the birds, and the red color helps lure them in. You’ll find it in this picture below.
Photo Courtesy of jasonb42882
Then my neighbor told me to mix one part sugar and four parts water (no dye) and pour that mixture right into the feeder.
The hummingbirds loved it!
It took awhile for the hummingbirds to start coming around, but when they did, they kept coming!
The mixture needs to be freshened once or twice a week depending on how diligent you are. What I did was made a large batch and kept it in a 2-liter bottle in the fridge for freshness. Then when I would change the mixture, I would wash out the feeder with warm soapy water – rinsing thoroughly when I was done.
As you can imagine, that sugar water gets sticky and attracts some insects…particularly ants…so keeping it clean is a necessity if you’re going to be .
After all, they’re used to feasting on fresh flowers, so luring them away from that nectar takes a bit of patience and diligence.
And that’s about it! Keep the feeder in a sunny spot and refresh it at least once a week, and you’ll have no problem attracting the hummingbirds into your yard.
There are a variety of hummingbird feeders to choose from. I have not found one to work any better than the other. I chose mine based on personal preference and ease of cleaning.
Any one will do as long as you regularly change the food and keep it clean.
I’m sorry, can I say that enough? Keep it clean, keep it clean, keep it clean!
Another sure fire way to is to plant the flowers that they like.
This site contains a very thorough list of all the types of vines, perennials and annuals that hummingbirds are drawn to. In addition to the feeder, it is a good idea to add several of these plants to your yard if you’d like to ensure the hummingbirds’ return each year.
Enjoy your hummingbird adventure!
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