04-17-2013 03:11 PM
Welcome to our community Kristenfajardo!
My name is Christine and I work at The Home Depot in Atlanta. My mom is also an avid hummingbird lover, so I asked her for a few tips.
One thing she suggested was when you mix your nectar, make sure the water is really, really hot. If your tap water doesn't come out super hot, boiling is an option. The reason for this is because you need to make sure that the sugar dissolves before you feed it to our fine feathered friends. It needs to cool before you feed it, so put it in the fridge to cool it off.
Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. So, something on the feeder or the nectar itself should be red.
Lastly, don't let your nectar sit in the direct sun for more than 3 days. The nectar will start to ferment, and the hummingbirds won't want to eat it anymore.
I found a quick video online that goes over the basics of feeding humminbirds.
I hope many hummingbirds grace your backyard this Spring!
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04-21-2013 01:24 PM
Hummers are awesome. Try a second feeder located a good distance away; at the other end of the patio. The dominant hummer will claim your yard as his territory. You will get quite a show as hummer #1 tries to protect two feeders. The subordiante hummers will play him in order to steal a sip while he's not looking.
Keep the nectar fresh and the word will get out your house is mark. The birder etiquette is to refrain from supplying feeders when migration starts. The divebombers need to fly wherever it is they go not depend on your feeder supply all winter.
04-24-2013 10:37 PM
Have flowering nectar plants growing nearby in the garden or in hanging pots or containers that hummingbirds love: butterfly bush, bee balm, cigar plant, fuchsia, hostas are some of the plants that attract and feed the hummingbirds that visit my garden and feeders. Be patient, once they know that that your yard is a reliable food source, they will visit.
As others have written, it is very important to keep the feeders fresh and clean, but please do not add red dye to the sugar water -- it may be harmful and isn't at all necessary in attracting these very curious birds, besides, your hummingbird feeder probably already has some red parts to it.