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How to attract hummingbirds

how to attract hummingbirds
There are at least 300 different types of hummingbirds, making them the second largest species of birds in North America, and more than 15 species live in North America alone. Wherever you live, there are probably hummingbirds nearby that you can feed.

Hummingbirds are friendly to the point of being almost tame. It's easy to make a hummingbird food that will keep your little feathered friends coming back year after year. Provide them with food and a safe place to rest, and you'll have a friend for life.

Tips to attract hummingbirds

hummingbirds at the feeder

Warning: Many of the commercially produced hummingbird nectars contain harmful ingredients -- especially the red dye. That red dye is not necessary to attract these little hummers to your yard if you choose a suitable feeder and/or plant colourful flowers near your hummingbird feeder.

Please don't feed these little guys anything with red dye!

Easy homemade hummingbird food recipe

Homemade hummingbird nectar

Serves: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for hummingbird food

Important: Make sure you use a sugar that is sucrose rather than pure fructose. It's easier for hummingbirds to digest.

Instructions for hummingbird food

Set up a medium saucepan with the water. Heat until it boils.

Once your water is boiling, stir in the sugar until dissolved thoroughly. The resulting nectar will be clear.

Refrigerate until cool (approximately 30 minutes to an hour). Clean and refill your hummingbird feeder every 2 days if not eaten sooner by hungry hummingbirds. Store unused portions in the refrigerator for 24 hours maximum.

How to clean a hummingbird feeder

Note: Be sure your feeders are clean before storing at the end of the season!

Hummingbirds are particularly susceptible to molds in their food, so their feeders need to be cleaned every couple of days. A solution of warm or hot water and vinegar is both easy to use and will not harm the birds. For a normal size feeder, this is a ratio of 1/4 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Soak the feeder for about an hour to ensure that all the sugar solution is dissolved, then rinse thoroughly.

Get some tiny brushes to clean out the feeder ports as needed. If the nectar crystalizes in the ports, a quick brush-through will clean it out.

How much do hummingbirds eat?

They eat 3 to 5 times a day -- and you can almost set your clock by it! The season may start slow with a few leftovers to discard, but once the baby hummingbirds arrive and really start developing an appetite, you will have to fill the feeder every day.

Merry Kitschmas