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Hummingbird Feeder
March 14, 2011 | Me

Posted on 03/14/2011 8:33:06 AM PDT by SMARTY

I bought a hummingbird feeder. I wonder if anyone knows what I ought to put in the feeder.


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Any recipes???
1 posted on 03/14/2011 8:33:07 AM PDT by SMARTY
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To: SMARTY

They should have nectar mixes where you bought the feeder.

Or Google “hummingbird food” for several recipes.


2 posted on 03/14/2011 8:35:34 AM PDT by eCSMaster (2012 - End of an error)
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To: SMARTY

Four to one water to sugar. Bring to a boil.
Allow to cool and your done!


3 posted on 03/14/2011 8:35:34 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Illegal is not a race. Obamacare is a crime)
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To: SMARTY

Do NOT use the commercial red-colored stuff. It’s too expensive, and the red coloring is believed to be harmful to the birds. It doesn’t do anything to attract them either.

Dissolve 1 part plain sugar in 4 parts boiling water. That’s all. Cool and store unused solution in the frig.


4 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:03 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: SMARTY

The simplest is just to add sugar to a bottle of water and drop a bit of food coloring. It will disappear in no time!


5 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:09 AM PDT by KalaSamy
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To: SMARTY

Suger + Water


6 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:14 AM PDT by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: SMARTY

1 cup sugar to 4 cups water. Boil the water, add the sugar, stir to dissolve, let cool. Add some to the feeder, store the rest if the fridge. You can make as much or as little as you want bet keep the water/sugar ratio at 4:1. Don’t add anything else like red food coloring, just sugar and water.


7 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:23 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: SMARTY

There are probably a thousand recipes if you search “hummingbird food” on any search engine. Good luck. They are beautiful creatures. Very shy, be patient.


8 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:32 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: SMARTY

1 Part cane sugar to 4 parts water. No colored cocktails and NO HONEY, it is toxic to hummers.


9 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:51 AM PDT by granite (This is America! This is the home of the FREE!!)
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To: SMARTY

2 parts water, 1 part sugar. That’s all I ever use. I stir the sugar into boiled water then let it cool. My hummingbirds love it.


10 posted on 03/14/2011 8:36:51 AM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: eCSMaster

The “nectar” mixes are just sugar with coloring - way overpriced and potentially harmful to the birds. Sugar is much cheaper.


11 posted on 03/14/2011 8:37:51 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: SMARTY

Beer!!


12 posted on 03/14/2011 8:38:20 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: poobear
Very shy, be patient.

LOL. The ones we get are territorial, and they are not shy at all from chasing us off the porch.

13 posted on 03/14/2011 8:38:29 AM PDT by Wizdum (Wisdom is what you gain when things go wrong.)
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To: SMARTY

14 posted on 03/14/2011 8:39:48 AM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: SMARTY
We just make sugar syrup. 1/3 sugar, 2/3 water. Boil the two together WELL. If it's not blended well, it could recrystallize when it gets cold. If the birds aren't drinking it fast enough (within a week), change it. Sugar water, like fruit juice, will ferment and turn to wine (then to vinegar).
15 posted on 03/14/2011 8:39:52 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SMARTY

Very important. It is important to take the feeder down when winter is approaching. Otherwise the birds will stay and get caught in the cold. Probably depends where you live I guess.


16 posted on 03/14/2011 8:39:54 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: SMARTY

google it.

Many make their own sugar water mix with a drop or two red food coloring.

Once the hummingbirds find it ... then it is good to keep it having food in it everyday.

Here is a Google receipe ... enjoy the hummingbirds, they are pretty and amazing.

how to mix hummingbird food instructions:
1.-Pour the sugar and water into a pan and stir to dissolve the sugar, while bringing the mixture to a boil.

2.-Boil for 2 minutes and take from the heat.

3.-Let the mixture cool, then add the homemade hummingbird food to your hummingbird feeder.

Now you know all there is to how to mix hummingbird food. The only other thing you need to know is how to keep your nectar fresh and how to keep your feeder clean.

How to mix hummingbird food and keep your nectar fresh:

The key to keeping fresh nectar in your feeder is simple. Just change it before it goes bad. How do you know if it’s going bad? Watch your nectar and when it starts to get cloudy it’s time to change it. How long before your nectar goes bad will be determined by the outside temperature. Here is the how to mix hummingbird food chart that will give you a general idea of how many days your nectar will keep based on the outside temperature.

High temperatures............Change nectar after

71-75.................................6 days

76-80.................................5 days

81-84.................................4 days

85-88.................................3 days

89-92.................................2 days

93+....................................change daily

Also, if you can find a shady spot out of the sun to hang your hummingbird feeder, the nectar will last longer.


17 posted on 03/14/2011 8:40:37 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: SMARTY

Sugar water. Put 2 cups of sugar into one cup of water. Stir until dissolved. You may want to add red or yellow food coloring.


18 posted on 03/14/2011 8:40:44 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: SMARTY

Don’t forget maintenance...

http://howtoenjoyhummingbirds.com/maintaining_and_cleaning_your_hummingbird%20feeder.htm


19 posted on 03/14/2011 8:41:43 AM PDT by stormer
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To: SMARTY

Keep in mind that as you are feeding the hummingbirds you are also feeding the bees, yellow jackets, hornets, etc. It is just something that comes with the territory. If you have allergies be careful. Also, ants have a way of finding hummingbird feeders very quickly. If you are using a pole to hang the feeder you might try smearing a generous gob of Vaseline around a wide area of the pole.


20 posted on 03/14/2011 8:41:50 AM PDT by 2dollarbill
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To: SMARTY

I just use sugar water.


21 posted on 03/14/2011 8:42:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SMARTY
One cup sugar to four cups water.

You don't need to boil it. It will dissolve just fine.

Don't buy "nectar." It's just sugar-water with food coloring.

22 posted on 03/14/2011 8:42:44 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Wizdum

Oh yes, they are the crankiest little boogers ever.

Its fun watching the roosters keep watch over their domain. They spend all their time chasing away all the others.


23 posted on 03/14/2011 8:42:44 AM PDT by crz
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To: SMARTY

4 to 1 water to sugar.

Warm water enough to melt sugar. I never, ever bring water to a boil. Cool and feed.

They love it. No need for the costly nectar feeds.

Also do NOT add any coloring. Not needed.


24 posted on 03/14/2011 8:47:37 AM PDT by Chuck54 (I do not regret growing old. Far too many never get this great opportunity. :-)
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To: crz

Those cute tiny creatures are brutal.


25 posted on 03/14/2011 8:47:58 AM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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To: crz
LOL, they are aggressive.... little Napoleon's.
26 posted on 03/14/2011 8:47:57 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: SMARTY
Please leave out any dyes or artificial coloring. The birds have more than enough color for everyone.

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27 posted on 03/14/2011 8:49:01 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Wizdum

Same here. The males are very territorial. We have “dog fights” going on near the feeders all summer long. Fascinating to watch, especially for a pilot like me.....


28 posted on 03/14/2011 8:50:05 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (The theft being perpetrated by Congress and the Fed makes Bernie Maddoff look like a pickpocket.)
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To: SMARTY

A small cat.


29 posted on 03/14/2011 8:51:17 AM PDT by MarkT
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To: SMARTY

sugar and water. they get their nutrients from insects, but they need lots of sugar to have the energy to catch enough insects to survive. they don’t need any special (expensive) nectar you can buy. At least that’s what I found on the internet when I got my feeders a few years ago.

Also, I ended up getting 2 feeders on different sides of the house because we had one mean hummer that was very protective of the feeder and didn’t allow others on it. That was something else I read about in my research but didn’t believe until I saw it.


30 posted on 03/14/2011 8:52:43 AM PDT by LostPassword
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To: crz

They are fun to watch! We have a feeder hanging on a shepards hook and the “main man” will sit on top of the hook and chase away the other male hummers but not the females!

Lots of other birds come to the feeder as well...woodpeckers, flickers.

I spray Pam on it to deter the bees.


31 posted on 03/14/2011 8:53:52 AM PDT by azishot (Everyone is entitled to my opinion.)
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To: 2dollarbill

For hanging feeders, the moat-style ant guards are always effective. They form a water barrier that ants won’t cross.


32 posted on 03/14/2011 8:54:25 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Wizdum
I'll never forget when as a young boy - maybe 10 or so or whatever age you have fast reflexes - I reached out and snagged one by hand; suppose he'd been attracted to a bright shirt I might have been wearing, and was hovering right in front of me.

I still remember Mom being amazed, and then telling me to take it back outside and let it rip....

33 posted on 03/14/2011 8:54:25 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: poobear
“Very shy, be patient.”
???? I have a pull chain for manual garage door opening. At the end of the chain is a red ball. When the door is open the ball looks like a suspended flower. If there are any hummers in the area they will come right for it, even if I am standing next to it.
34 posted on 03/14/2011 8:55:04 AM PDT by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: 2dollarbill

I had a feeder that attracted more wasps and bees than hummingbirds. Searching around the net, I found an article that said wasps were attracted to the yellow color on hummingbird feeders, so I covered the yellow with a red fingernail polish, Voila, lots of hummingbirds and no more wasps and bees.

LSAggie (posting on hubby’s account)


35 posted on 03/14/2011 8:55:32 AM PDT by osagebowman
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To: Wizdum

When we lived up north, we had a very territorial hummingbird who would launch aireal assults on anything getting near his feeder. He’d try to chase us off, too, like yours.

We started noticing that other hummingbirds seemed to be using tactics against him. One hummingbird would act as a decoy. When the bully bird was distracted, other hummingbirds would fly in and partake of the feeder as quick as they could, because the bully would always be back to chase them off. He’d let his lady friend have access but no others.

We’d go over to other people’s houses and they have seemingly hundreds of hummingbirds at their feeders. We had war.


36 posted on 03/14/2011 8:57:50 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: SMARTY

Four cups of water to one cup of sugar. Heat water to a boil, add sugar, reduce heat to a small simmer. Stir solution until white foam disappears and liquid is cool. Just fill the feeder about half way. Our guys here love the stuff. PS, do not add red food coloring.


37 posted on 03/14/2011 9:00:10 AM PDT by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: SMARTY

Four cups of water to one cup of sugar. Heat water to a boil, add sugar, reduce heat to a small simmer. Stir solution until white foam disappears and liquid is clear. Just fill the feeder about half way. Our guys here love the stuff. PS, do not add red food coloring.


38 posted on 03/14/2011 9:00:36 AM PDT by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: SMARTY

PS: cool = clear. Reposted.


39 posted on 03/14/2011 9:01:51 AM PDT by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: SMARTY
Humming bird food?

thanks, I be here all week!

40 posted on 03/14/2011 9:02:55 AM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons!)
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To: duckman

Awesome! The only time I had that experience was in St. Maartens. They would feed on the table flowers during a meal.

I have many feeders in my back yard thicket. They come around after many of the Finch and winter birds leave in late Spring. Too much activity for them I guess. I must have a hundred birds roosting in that thicket. It is quite a site early in the morning and evenings.


41 posted on 03/14/2011 9:03:56 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: SMARTY

The hummingbirds at my house are quite picky.

They will only drink good Single Malt Scotch or Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon.


42 posted on 03/14/2011 9:05:45 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: poobear

They are fun, but are a good study in welfare handouts. The more you feed them, the more will come. Eventually they will ues up two containers per day. They will not like it if you try to cut back on their goodies.


43 posted on 03/14/2011 9:12:50 AM PDT by CobraJet
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To: stansblugrassgrl
other hummingbirds would fly in and partake of the feeder as quick as they could, because the bully would always be back to chase them off. He’d let his lady friend have access but no others


44 posted on 03/14/2011 9:27:42 AM PDT by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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;-) Great reply.


45 posted on 03/14/2011 9:34:21 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: 2dollarbill; SMARTY

And another note, especially here in southern Arizona...
Bats love the nectar. It won’t be unusual to see them feeding in the early evening.


46 posted on 03/14/2011 9:37:27 AM PDT by HiJinx (Hey, Officer, like my Dreamcatcher? It's Authentic!)
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To: CobraJet

My location is a bit far from their feeding grounds. We have many creeks and tributaries they hang around with many varieties of wild flowers, air plants and wild orchids to feed on. You aren’t the first to tell me once hummingbirds find a good source of syrup they tell their friends and park.


47 posted on 03/14/2011 9:37:42 AM PDT by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: SMARTY

4:1 ratio of water to sugar. Food coloring is optional since the bright color of the feeder will likely attract the h’birds anyway. I’ve been told (but haven’t confirmed) that a water:sugar ratio of less than 4:1 is a sugar overload and can potentially harm the h’birds liver. Stick with 4:1. I don’t boil my water either. Mix the sugar with cold, warm or hot water and stir until dissolved. Keep any excess in the refrigerator.


48 posted on 03/14/2011 9:43:12 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (If you ever wondered what a real SHTF event is like &why you should be prepared, watch Japan events.)
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To: fwdude

OK! What if I put some red pop.... not the diet stuff. Let it go flat and put it into the feeder? I read that the color red attracts the birds.


49 posted on 03/14/2011 9:45:20 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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Just remember, keep it low enough to the ground and it doubles as a cat feeder, too.


50 posted on 03/14/2011 9:48:24 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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