How Hummingbird Feeders Work

I have three feeders at my home and I see about 5-6 different hummingbirds per feeder.

The real benefit of a hummingbird feeder isn’t food so they can eat. This is a common misconception. Hummingbirds eat small insects, ants, mosquitoes, aphids, gnats, midges, caterpillars, flying ants, weevils, small beetles, whiteflies and insect eggs and small spiders.

They use the nectar of a feeder or flowers to go get food. Hummingbirds have a lot of energy and fly quickly through the air.

I have found them to be friendly and curious birds and do communicate and everywhere they go.

Hummingbird feeders should be filled with water and sugar. I recommend ¼ cup of sugar to a pitcher of water. It is very important to clean the inside of the feeder. I use an old tooth brush so no mold will grow inside the feeder.

The feeder water will last about 10 days.

Your hummingbirds will let you know it is good or not because if they like it, you will see them and they will be around a lot. I hope your hummingbirds are as happy as mine.

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Judy Bass August 29, 2011 at 08:56 PM
And I'd add that it's not necessary to use food coloring. Most feeders have at least a little red, that's all that's needed to attract the hummers. Once they're used to a feeder in a certain location, they'll return to that location year after year.
Natalie August 31, 2011 at 04:02 AM
I'm refilling my three feeders frequently right now, and could do with some more. Hummingbirds are very territorial and guard their feeders, so one at each side of the house reaches more. I mix 1 part sugar with 3 parts water, microwave for 5 minutes and cool, but if you make it weaker, they visit more often. Two Bullock's orioles also come to feed, making a big noise and spinning the sugar solution out all over the deck as they take off. Watching birds on the deck gives us great pleasure - I also have a feeder of thistle seed to attract the lesser goldfinches, and they reward us with their chirping.
Holly Rundberg August 31, 2011 at 03:39 PM
I have read online 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Boil the water and then pour the sugar in. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, let cool and your ready! Extra can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
Laura Monteros September 07, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I gave up on feeding hummingbirds years ago, because there was one bird that was so territorial that he chased all the others away. I decided I wasn't going to all that work to make the solution for one bullying bird.


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