Skip to comments.Hummingbird Feeder
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.
They should have nectar mixes where you bought the feeder.
Or Google “hummingbird food” for several recipes.
Four to one water to sugar. Bring to a boil.
Allow to cool and your done!
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.
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!
Suger + Water
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.
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.
1 Part cane sugar to 4 parts water. No colored cocktails and NO HONEY, it is toxic to hummers.
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.
The “nectar” mixes are just sugar with coloring - way overpriced and potentially harmful to the birds. Sugar is much cheaper.
LOL. The ones we get are territorial, and they are not shy at all from chasing us off the porch.
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.
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 its going bad? Watch your nectar and when it starts to get cloudy its 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
Also, if you can find a shady spot out of the sun to hang your hummingbird feeder, the nectar will last longer.
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.
Don’t forget maintenance...
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.
I just use sugar 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.
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.
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.
Those cute tiny creatures are brutal.
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.....
A small cat.
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.
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.
For hanging feeders, the moat-style ant guards are always effective. They form a water barrier that ants won’t cross.
I still remember Mom being amazed, and then telling me to take it back outside and let it rip....
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)
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.
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.
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.
PS: cool = clear. Reposted.
thanks, I be here all week!
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.
The hummingbirds at my house are quite picky.
They will only drink good Single Malt Scotch or Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon.
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.
;-) Great reply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just remember, keep it low enough to the ground and it doubles as a cat feeder, too.
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