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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beer!!


12 posted on 03/14/2011 8:38:20 AM PDT by goseminoles
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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