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The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe

Updated on September 14, 2014
How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food
How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food

How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures and using the right hummingbird food recipe will help attract them by the dozens. The best way to attract hummingbirds is by knowing what they need.

Hummingbirds are small, delicate birds that need plenty of nutrients from food to keep up with their rapid energy. By supplying them with plenty of food (nutrients) you will ensure they are happy and healthy, and plan on staying around. By using the right hummingbird food recipe you can provide them with a plentiful supply of food and also save money from store bought nectar. You will also prevent them from receiving unnecessary chemicals and additives that can actually be harmful and is commonly found in store bought hummingbird nectar.

Below you will find the best recipe for hummingbird food along with tips for attracting hummingbirds, maintaining feeders, how to keep the ants off your hummingbird feeder and much more!

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Do Not Use Red Dyes in Your Hummingbird Food Recipes

Food Coloring Can Harm Hummingbirds

When making your hummingbird food do not add food coloring to the recipe. I know the store bought nectar contains red coloring but it's a special type. Normal cooking dye is not needed and can harm your hummingbirds.

Most hummingbird feeders have red on them so there is no need to add color to the food. If your feeder does not have red on it you can add red ribbons, decorate it with red embellishments or hang it near bright flowers to get the attention of hummingbirds.

Ruby Red-Throated Hummingbird

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Ingredients

  • 1 part sugar
  • 4 parts water

Instructions

  1. Consider using 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. You can store left overs in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Using a medium sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Slowly add in the sugar stirring constantly. Once the sugar is added remove the boiler from the heat and continue to stir until the sugar is well blended.
  3. Allow it to cool completely and the add to your hummingbird feeder.
  4. Do not add red dye. It is NOT needed using a hummingbird feeder.
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When to Feed Hummingbirds

When to Put out Hummingbird Food

Aside from what to feed hummingbirds, the next big question is always when to feed hummingbirds. New hummingbird watchers want to know when to put out hummingbird foods to insure they have it up in time. The answer depends on the region you live in.

Hummingbirds start their migration through the United States at near the end of February. Southern states along the Gulf Coast can start putting out hummingbird feeders around the end of February or early March. Sooner is better in case they arrive a little later. The middle states should be prepared for their arrival near the end of March or early April. The extreme northern states should have their hummingbird feeders out in late April no later than the first week of June.

Learning when to feed hummingbirds in your area make take a little observation for a few years to get the timing right since it will vary by a few days in your area. Remember, they fly from the south to the north and hit the Gulf Coast around the end of February and make it to the far North near Maine by the first week of June. Have your feeders out accordingly. It's better to be early than late. You don't want them to arrive without food and set up home in the neighbors yard.

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hummingbird food recipe

When to Change Your Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbird Nectar Needs to Be Changed if Not Eaten With in a Few Days!

Many people fail to realize that hummingbird nectar needs to be changed if it is not eaten with in a week or so. The sugars in both homemade and store bought nectar can grow bacteria and yeast. This can be harmful and prevent your hummingbirds from coming back.

Change Your Hummingbird Food During Hot Weather

During normal temperatures below 70 degrees F you should change your hummingbird food every 7-10 days. Hotter temperatures will result in needing to change the food more often.

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

If you live in hotter regions that require your food to be changed every few days consider only filling your feed with one cup of food each time. This will prevent waste and the need to make a new batch every other day.

Change Your Hummingbird Food if it is Cloudy

Cloudy hummingbird nectar is a sign that something has gone wrong. Either it has gotten two hot, has bacteria in it or fine particles have caused an algae bloom.

Anytime your hummingbird food becomes cloudy you should was your hummingbird feeder inside and out and refill with fresh nectar.

Hummingbird Feeders

Aspects 367 Hummzinger Ultra Hummingbird Feeder, 12-Ounce
Aspects 367 Hummzinger Ultra Hummingbird Feeder, 12-Ounce

The Ultra Hummingbird feeder holds 12 ounces of hummingbird food and is equipped with raised flowers to divert rain and a build in more to prevent ants.

 

Prevent Ants from Getting to Your Hummingbird Feeder

Ants, bees and a few other insects are a notorious for invading hummingbird feeders. Anytime you have an invasion of insects on your hummingbird feeder you will need to clean and refill it.

Hummingbirds will not eat from food that has ants in or around the feeder for safety reasons so be sure to stay on top of this. There are certain hummingbird feeders that are made to prevent ants by including a moat in the design. If your feeder does not have a moat, you can purchase one separately fairly cheap. You can choose from a simple umbrella style moat or a more elaborate decorative one to add more design to your feeder.

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hummingbird feeder recipe

Keep Your Hummingbird Food Fresh

A Fresh, Dependable Source of Hummingbird Nectar is the Key to Keeping Your Hummingbirds Coming Back!

Hummingbirds need plenty of energy. They will go where ever it takes to get nectar that contains sugars to produce their much needed energy. If you want to keep your hummingbirds close and see them often then you will need to make sure you keep a fresh, dependable supply of hummingbird nectar.

It's also a great idea to plant flowers that attract hummingbirds so that they can take up the slack if your feeder runs out before you can refill it.

How to Attract More Hummingbirds

Learn more about how to attract hummingbirds including how to create the perfect environment, water supply and more.
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    • tomthiessen lm profile image

      tomthiessen lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Will be coming back when I buy my house. :)

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      buttonhead lm 4 years ago

      Great recipe! I am planning to put in a hummingbird feeder, and I will definitely make the sugar water at home. Also, I appreciate the tips on cleaning. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      For the past couple of days, hummingbirds have tried to eat me. Seriously. My work requires a fluorescent yellow and orange vest and a few of them have tried to put their beaks through the holes in the mesh cloth, apparently looking for nectar. I had a question about dyes, though. Is it OK to use any natural colorants such as beet juice, carrot juice, annatto, hibiscus blossom, or cochineal for coloring hummingbird nectar? What do the commercial nectars use as colorant?

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      We get lots of hummingbirds at the cottage, they like fancy feeders. We always make our own sugar-water.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @gradientcat: My parents have several! They are so pretty. I'm still trying to get them at our new place.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: They use to come up close like that to my grandmother. She had dozens of them. She would wear those bright colors and flowery shirts. She would be sitting on the porch and they would come right up to her.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: Great idea...as long as it don't melt and run down on the feeder. I would be concearned that the smell may keep the hummingbirds away, too.

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      KyraLenore 4 years ago

      I had no idea that their food went bad. Thank you so much for the tip!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love a good hummer in my backyard.

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      I will have to forward this to my Grandma, she loves her hummers!

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      UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

      when I first read the title I was expecting ideas on cooking hummingbirds!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @UKGhostwriter: Ha UK....that is too funny! While I do enjoy some forms of bird, I don't think Hummingbirds would do it for me.

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      sandi_x 4 years ago

      Thank you for information

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Had to stop by to smile at your purple star, congratulations. We don't have hummingbirds in Fargo, guess they don't come this side of the Mississippi but I did enjoy them when I lived in Minnesota and enjoy the show they put on when I visit my sister. One of the things I read a while back and try to tell everyone who feeds humming birds is, according to this article, its important to use the recipe you have because its close to what the hummers get in nature. But more importantly, the article said that using more sugar (which the hummers like) is not good for them because it can cause the egg shells to become thinner and bones to become brittle. I thought is was so cool one day to learn that Bald Eagles and Humming Birds share something in common...they both spend most of their time perching.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: Thanks for the visit Tipi! As always you are very inspiring!

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      steph-naylor 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We all get together on sunday for a hummer party,I love hummers the most and the more I come at these hummer parties I learn so much about a hummer,it keeps me happy and my wife learns a lot too.

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      TheresaMarkham 4 years ago

      We have ours on a mini-pole sticking in a pot near our bright red petunia pot. A ruby-throated hummingbird was hovering around me today while I was watering the plants!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is quite helpful! I love humming birds but this is my first time to try to get them to visit me. Where is a good place to hang feeders? I have a tiny garden(first time to try that as well!) but its all squash and tomatoes, no bright flowers anywhere. I am in Central Texas, and temps are already hovering near the century mark, but I would really love to get some of these tiny beauties to visit, if I can.Any suggestions??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, the information on migration and when to put out a feeder is so poorly written it is unintelligible. Do they go south in winter? They why is Maine told to put out food in March? Don't they travel the other way in the opposite season? Please re-write this and re-post.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: Susan, I'm sorry that you didn't think your comment through prior to posting. Yes, they will migrate south and when you put your feeders out as posted above then you would realize they would be out on the way back south. You would leave your feeders up until late fall depending on your location. March would be way to early for Maine since there will most likely still be cold temperatures and even snow on the ground. Anyone would assume that you would leave them up until AFTER the cool temperatures approach and the birds have left.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Useful info here. We make big batches of HB food, portion it, and freeze it. I love the hummers!

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Great lens ! Informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @SoSimplyStephanie: My mom lives in Florida and was told they don't come there - how far south do they go, so she might attract them on the way back up north in the warmer months? Thanks for your expertise!

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      LilibeanNP 4 years ago

      Great lens! I will definitely try the homemade nectar...next year. This year I've been invaded by nectar-addicted squirrels. Every time I turn around, the feeder is completely empty...lol...

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Good information here -thanks for sharing!

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      PhotographicStu 4 years ago

      Lovely Lens, love this one!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My sister-in-law has them in the Denver,CO area, so they are found in the west

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been wondering about Organic Agave Sweetener. Will harm my hums? Know all about the red dye and found a low cost concentrated nectar chocked full of nutrients. Unfortunately the store no longer carries it so I'm here searching and on the hunt!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Easy recipe: 4 cups water and one cup sugar. No dye!!! Boil then let cool. Put it in the refrigerator. That's it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I tried petroleum jelly to keep ants out of the feeder but it did not work. The best thing to keep ants out of the feeder is something called Tanglefoot. It is an extremely sticky substance that comes in a plastic container similar to a margarine tub. You can get it at a good quality nursery. Caution: IT IS EXTREMELY STICKY!!. Use a plastic disposable knife or a stick you can throw away after you use it to apply the Tanglefoot to the pole your feeder hangs from. Also, do not put it on a horizontal surfce where a hummingbird may land. Apply it to the vertical part of the pole in a location where birds would not land and where you will most likely not put your hand. It can also be applied to trees or anywhere else you want to create a sticky crawling bug barrier.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @PhotographicStu: Greatest little birds to watch. They get so close to us. One actually landed on my husbands newspaper as he was reading. They do fight over the feeders as if it is the only one and it belongs to him/her. Love to just sit and dwatch.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      We don't have too many hummingbirds here in the Bronx, I really enjoyed your Lens, it was so very well done. Congratulations on making the Top 100 ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They seem to like my homemade nector I have 4 new birds 3 feeders. so now its hard to count.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have trouble with ants and wasps. I hang my feeders from my porch. I boil my water in a glass measureing cup in the microwave, then add the sugar and stir til dissolved. I then pour it into a canning jar to store in the fridge. I've had Hummers hover in front of my storm door when the feeders were empty.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We have lots of them in Central Oregon. Usually arrive in June and I am not sure how long they stay. I imagine it depends on the weather.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have read (in Texas State mag.) that sugar water is not healthy for the birds. You should use the store bought. However, they don't seem to like some of the store brands. I have planted a HummingBird Bush, to try to offset the short fall of the sugar water. If you know which band(s) of food they seem to really like, post it for us.

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      Alexandra Douglas 4 years ago from Florida

      I would like to see more hummingbirds so I can photograph them. Thank you for sharing your lens!

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      Cheryl Kohan 4 years ago from Minnesota

      We always make our own Hummingbird food. Our hummingbird feeder hangs just outside my kitchen window near a wisteria vine growing up the side of our porch. They even sit on the vines while they're resting. It's just a pleasure to watch those sweet little birds hover and drink their nectar.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dean R,

      September 11, 2012.

      Feeding store bought hummingbird food is not practical for my wife and I since we are currently feeding a little over one gallon of 4 to 1 mix per day. That's down from 6 quarts 3 weeks ago. I use (4) 28oz, six port feeders with an extra in reserve in case one gets dropped and broken. For those of you that are interested in how many hummingbirds it takes to go through that much food in a single day the answer is about 400 birds per gallon consuming 5 grams each per day.

      For making the food we use tap water, we do not boil it or add coloring to it. We mix it in 2 liter Pepsi bottles that have been well rinsed. To get a 4to1 mixture in a 2 liter bottle we pour in a little under 2 cups of sugar, fill the bottle halfway with tap water, put the cap on and shake until the sugar is dissolved, then finish filling the bottle and shake some more. Two of these bottles figures out to a little over a gallon and we usually make 6 bottles at a time and store them in the crisper drawer of our refrigerator.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @UKGhostwriter: not funny

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We have them in southern California, too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Help, we have a young hummed. Saved from cat. He seems okay. He eats and drinks both water and store bought nectar. What else does he require? He will sit on our fingers. He can lift off but not fly far. Help!

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      Great lens, very much informative lens for Hummingbird.

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      kare2share 4 years ago

      I often see hummingbirds around here, but I can never get a good photo because they always fly away by the time I get my camera. Maybe if I had a hummingbird feeder, they'd stay around a little longer. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In winter, where do the birds find protein? They cannot live on sugar alone.

      Seems to be a secret.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what can be put out for the birds in addition to sugar water in winter?

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: There isn't much since they mainly rely on nectar (or supplemented sugar water). Camellias and other winter blooming plants will also attract them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ...and why does everyone including manufacturers say "don't add red dye" and then every single advertisement or any picture of feeders shows a clear glass device with RED fluid in it??

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: Gil, it's just one of those things. Including the manufacturers who make it. There are some store bought nectar that have natural dyes and color them using plant parts and root extracts.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I live in the city of Seattle, and just noticed that I have a Hummingbird around so I put out a feeder.

      Is it normal for these birds to be here in January? I only see one single bird but ever since I put out

      the feeder it stays around. It was well below freezing last night and I am concerned about its wellbeing.

      Could someone please fill me in as to what to do.

      Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We have several hummingbirds that stay active all year long (live near Portland, OR). Not sure if it's the some ones or not. But, they're certainly here during the winter. Just watched one a few minutes ago & it's 28° out there!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I use tanglefoot that last for many months. Fine it at your nursery or hardware . Dan

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Try the 4 to 1 nectar and then add a tiny amount of apple juice. The Ana's loved it.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      We love watching the hummingbirds. Our biggest challenge was keeping the red squirrels off the feeders. They would pull the little yellow flower off the feeder and drink the nectar like water! We had to move the feeders so they couldn't get to them but then they weren't as close for us to enjoy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Not a secret...hummingbirds eat small insects such as tiny spiders and gnats.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ants are repelled by axle grease coated on the home made wire hangers. Use two or more feeders that are isolated from each other to attract more birds. We keep our feeders in the shade. They will "eat" out of a red small open container palced in your open hand.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If your tap water gets hot, you can skip the boiling. Commercial food is expensive, don't be a sucker, just mix with granulated sugar, hot tap water and shake well, NO problem!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Too bad they don't eat ANTS!

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      JULpiala 4 years ago

      wow!

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      We don't have these birds in the UK sadly. Have only seen them on TV so you are very blessed!

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      Keep them clean

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this lens was selected as Lens of the Day today. You can read about it here: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-the-per...

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      ruthlspurgeon 4 years ago

      Very thoughtfully done. I love hummingbirds and I am planning a garden, so this was helpful.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Great lens! Congratulations on LOTD! I just found out that you should not use the unrefined sugar (it's brown in color, though it has crystals like regular sugar), as it contains too much iron and that will harm the birds. Use just plain white sugar, which has all the extra stuff taken out; it's just plain, perfect for the birds. The comment by Tipi about not adding too much sugar in, as it would make their eggs and their bones brittle was very informative. Thanks for a great lens! B : )

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      First of all, congratulations on this wonderful Lens of the Day! I just learned quite a bit - and I had been wondering about the food dye. Thank you for that important information. I also didn't realize that the feeder needed to be changed out every few days like that. Up here in my little neck of the woods, I like to have my feeder ready by Mother's Day. It really does seem as though the first little guys return almost exactly on Mother's Day each year. I love watching them! You also included a really lovely selection of feeders. Great job! :) Kath

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Awesome lens and congrats for your LOTD!

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      Rae Schwarz 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @anonymous: In Seattle we have two species of hummingbird, one which migrates and one which overwinters right in place. The city arboretum has a special winter garden which blooms in January and February (even during our short freezes) where you can see dozens of hummingbirds during the depths of winter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have tried different ant protection devises such as the stick tape type. Only worked for a short time. My best results come from hanging the feeder on a wire and putting wheel bearing grease on the wire fairly thick. The ants can not cross it. But it dries out in a couple of months and needs done again. Every feeder I use seems to attract hummers. I prefer the bottle type with the 4 flower bottom. I live outside Toronto Ontario Canada and put my feeder out in mid April. Great lens.

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      RealEstate05 4 years ago

      loved it....

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I wish we had hummingbirds here - they are so cute. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this lens "The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe" and Congrats on Lens of the Day !!

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      bethann21 4 years ago

      This is a very fun lens. I love those little birds.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Great Hummingbird Feeders and recipe, never heard of the ant guards ,great to know.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      No suggestions just a thank you. I had no idea there were such gorgeous feeders available. I keep meaning to get a feeder as I see them in the yard a lot, so this is a great reminder to do that. Thank you for all the info and recipe.

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      PattyRadford 4 years ago

      I love my hummingbirds! When they 1st arrive they are really skiddish but by mid summer they are checking us out! Hovering just feet from my face. They will hover outside the slider if the food is low or needs replacement. Fun to watch.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I always boil the water with granulated sugar for at least 2 minutes to kill the mold spores. The sugar water

      last longer this way provided I keep the feeder away from direct sunlight.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Enjoyed your lens! We saw a hummingbird yesterday just outside our bedroom window and I was thinking that I should set up some feeders. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent information. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Notice that the recipe described here is easier, less expensive, and less time consuming than buying any commercial hummingbird food.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have used the sugar/water recipe for years now. I also have several plants and bushes that the hummers seem to like.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for your lens. I use the same recipe. We have three hummingbird feeders - all different. I'm still trying to capture a tack sharp photo of one in flight - it's not easy!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thanks for all this wonderful information. We use the same recipe and have already had to refill all our feeders. The hummingbirds are coming in mighty hungry these days. Congrats on LOTD. Well Deserved.

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      I have always had more than one hummingbird feeder out. I love attracting hummingbirds and can watch them everyday. They are so adorable. That is one thing I'm going to miss this summer now that we are on the road.

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      We are lucky here in California. They just come around the backyard and drink from our flowers. They love morning glory (which I hate) and some of my orchids too! Is there a healthier option for them than just sugar water??? HAHA

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congrats on your lens of the day! Thanks for sharing your hummingbird tips! Make it a great day!

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      Zelda-Mae 4 years ago

      @anonymous: axle grease is toxic to birds, how about tanglefoot?

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      francescajohnston 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love all of this useful information! I will definitely use it when I put up my own feeder. Blessings =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It is the smallest bird of the world. Your lens is awesome, Congratulations for the LOTD!

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      Jeanne Grunert 4 years ago from Prospect, Virginia

      I love watching hummingbirds! I place several feeders near the porch so that they will come right to the house. I also love growing flowers to attract them. Lovely article!

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      TopChristmasToysGifts 4 years ago

      I don't have hummingbirds so wouldn't know.

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      BestofHalloween 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      BestWeddings 4 years ago

      Great collection of Hummingbird feeders. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I appreciate your instructions for feeding these lovely birds and will give it a try. The info on when to change the food is very helpful.

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      BestGifts2U 4 years ago

      Will definitely try your recipe ideas. Would it work for other species too?

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      Very nice lens -- thank you for emphasizing that dyes shouldn't be added to hummingbird feeders; however, your point might be more effective if the sugar water in many of the photos you feature wasn't red! Just thought that was interesting. Thanks for sharing, hummingbirds are amazing birds.

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      Rock Artist 4 years ago

      Maybe they have so much energy because of all the sugar they consume, lol! I love watching hummingbirds and had attached a feeder to my kitchen window a couple of years ago and they were there every day. They are fascinating to watch. I have recently been thinking about getting a new feeder and will probably purchase one of the ones you have listed, thanks for this very useful information. Great job on the lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I read that hummingbirds were territorial and saw one in particular dive bombing others that were coming to my feeder in a tree. to stop this, i moved the feeder away from all trees and out in the open next to my house. I can watch them from a security camera that is about three feet away and there is no more fighting over the feeder. Several birds in the area come to it and go back to their nest in different directions.

      I had an ant problem and solved it by making an ant mote out of a plastic bowl. Drilled a hole in the middle bottom and bought a long screw hook bolt, held with two nuts at the bottom. Try to make the mote the size of a small bowl or you will be refilling it constantly id in a dry climate.

      When bee come swarming, I spray them with insecticide in the air. this stops them for a little bit.

      I saw a new kind of feeder at WM that had small slits instead of holes. Ants, bees, and wasp probably can't get into such feeders.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @anonymous: Yes, they can be territorial!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @pheonix76: You do have a point Phoenix. I'm glad you brought it up... You actually CAN purchase ORGANIC nectar that is made from plants and have natural dyes. Those ARE OKAY! :) But if you are gonna buy the dye, be sure to get ORGANIC!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @BestGifts2U: It should work for anything that drinks nectar from plants and has the capabilities to drink from the small ports.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

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      @aka-rms: Thank you RMS! It's an honor... :) It goes viral on Pinterest during Spring and Summer so I thought it was just one of those super-viral days until I noticed all the comments! Thanks for the support!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      And never change the feeder wearing a bright red housecoat like my sister. She got bombed by the little hummers. It was fun to watch. Next time I catch her doing that I'll lock the door and YouTube the invasion.

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      ahmedghaith 4 years ago

      Maybe they have so much energy because of all the sugar they consume, lol! I love watching hummingbirds and had attached a feeder to my kitchen window a couple of years ago and they were there every day. They are fascinating to watch. I have recently been thinking about getting a new feeder and will probably purchase one of the ones you have listed, thanks for this very useful information. Great job on the lens!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I love watching hummingbirds. My neighbor has hers out right now and there was a hummingbird feeding while I was visiting. When we get food out, we've counted 5 of them fighting for the feeder. One sits on my clothesline to wait to chase the others away. Another sits way up high on a nearby oak tree. It's fun to sit near the feeders because it sounds like an airport with all of the buzzing around there. Thanks for the info. It's nice to see the poll and how most people make their own food.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Thank you for this great lens. So many people love the little hummingbird yet cause it great harm because they do not understand how to feed them. I would add that there is also some opinion that too much sugar in your nectar can cause beak deformity in young hummingbirds. True? False? Don't know. But it's best to err on the side of caution. Great lens! Thanks. d

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens, thanks for sharing

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      redtailvision 4 years ago

      Great lens! We have orange trumpet flowers and hanging baskets of petunias that they love.

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      blue22d 4 years ago

      Great lens. Four to one is the ratio I use as well. Sure love God's little creatures.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I often forget to change the feed and I feel bad about this.

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      The_Mommy_Person 4 years ago

      good recipes although sugar water is not enough to sustain life. I add water soluble bird vitamins bought from my local pet supply store to the hummingbird food I make. I also agree that the red coloring is not needed. It is also recommended to have more than 1 feeder up and have them spaced apart if possible as the male hummingbirds get territorial and will guard the feeders they decide are "theirs" and not allow other birds to feed at them, especially other males. I currently have 3 up and have 3 more waiting to be washed and put out. The hummingbirds have been swarming my feeders since late March this year.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your LoTD. It is time to take care of our hummingbirds. Thanks for the tips.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use the 4:1 ratio! It's great! They love it! When I get 10+ birds on my 3 feeders that I keep in one area I'm like their drug dealer! They can't get enough! I don't have to change the home brew out they do it for me! There's always that dominant one that tries to chase the others away but they all manage to get their share

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I am pretty sure that we do not get hummingbirds in Australia, so all this is totally new to me!

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      Quite interesting and great info. One question... I have often been told that white sugar is even more harmful than dye to the hummingbirds, so, is this true or just an opinion? Thanks for sharing.

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      yonique88 4 years ago

      Congratulations on getting LOTD. In Jamaica, the national bird, the doctor bird, is a relative of the hummingbird. I have seen the doctor bird and several species of hummingbirds fly in and out of house garden while growing up. My brothers used to make a bird feeder to attract various birds. They would place rice and other grains in the bird feeder.

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      The_Mommy_Person 4 years ago

      @storytimesam: I have not heard that, however raw sugar over processed is always better for any creature.

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      biparker 4 years ago

      Great! I love this lens. Thanks! I wanted to start to feed them but not sure what to use and didn't want to use red die or similar. I'll use raw sugar' I agree is good for any creature

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      Karamerica 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the tips! Great lens!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      Very interesting lens! I'm curious as to whether or not hummingbirds ever become habituated to the sugar water in the feeder to the exclusion of feeding on plant nectar. I assume that plant nectar contains more nutrients. Does the storebought nectar contain nutrients in addition to the sugar?

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Congrats on the Purple Star and LOTD! Beautiful Lens! I love to watch Hummingbirds, and had some every summer where I lived before I moved to my present digs.

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      Love learning new things (i.e. When to Change Your Hummingbird Nectar)...love this page.

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      Nijabar 3 years ago

      I must admit that I don't have a clue about hummingbirds, but I couldn't stop reading. Everyday I learn something new. Niiice!

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      WordChipper 3 years ago

      We have a feeder at the cottage. Those little guys are hungry!

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      BW Duerr 3 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Looking for a great hummingbird nectar recipe... and here it is! Thanks so much for that and the great tips you've included. I would have never thought to not add dye. The hummingbirds thank you for that. :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      good lens. I like this graceful bird.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I would recommend to use organic sugar as most sugars are now made with roundup ready sugar beets. The GMO sugars (non organic) contain their own built in pesticides which in time will cause death to the birds as is evidence with the honey bee declines.

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      Arod17 3 years ago

      these are some helpful tips

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      orcamom lm 3 years ago

      Just what I needed thanks - the recipe for the hummingbird food.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Bees need food too. I would never spray insecticide in the air at a bee (is it a yellow jacket?). We need to stop using chemical poisons - they are indiscriminate. What if the hummer comes flying through the same air or the poison settles on the plants and flowers around the feed. Not a good thing.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Anna's Hummingbirds live in the area year round. Winter nectar feeding is very important for them. Be sure to bring your feeder in at night so it doesn't freeze, put it out early in the morning. You will have them visiting you all year long.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      MY HUSBAND BUILT A SWING FOR ARE HUMMINGBIRDS THEY LOVE TO SWING,AND WE HAVE LOTS OF FLOWERS BY THE FEEDER THEY LOVE THEM WE REALLY ENJOY WATCHING ALL THE DIFFERENT COLOR HUMMINGBIRDS

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: This is so sad. Wake up America. thanks for posting.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @The_Mommy_Person: Do not add vitamins...they are not sustained by the sugar water, it supply's sucrose for energy. They eat insects for nutrients, "to sustain life", as you put it. Again, do not put anything but sugar/water in your feeder.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Just reading comments and wish people would do a little research. Sugar/water is all hummingbirds need from you? As a matter of fact, if you stop putting it out they would still be just fine. They use the sucrose for energy and get their nutrients from insects. Enjoy them at your feeder but don't worry about supplementing their diet in any other way. One post mentioned adding liquid vitamins to the nectar and that should never be done.

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      The_Mommy_Person 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Research? How about a degree in Zoo and Aquarium Science (which more than includes ornithology) as well as 25+ years in wildlife rehabilitation. Yes if you stop putting it out they would be fine but that is not why people put the feeders out which you would understand if you actually took time to read without the know it all attitude getting in the way which most of the time ends up being partially if not completely incorrect. Certain plants around your home will not draw them in to be observed as the feeders do which is why the people put out the feeders in the first place, not because they are worried about their intake. As far as the vitamins, it is akin to constantly rewarding your kids with candy, given a choice the sugar will be preferred over what is best and as most parents know and do, you add in things for their health just as one should do for the birds and other animals.

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      The_Mommy_Person 3 years ago

      @anonymous: You are incorrect. Given a choice any creature will choose the sugar over what is best/needed. Again, my 25+ years in wildlife rehab and my degree in zoo and aquarium science which includes ornithology plus my volunteer work at the aviary more than supports adding the vitamins to the feeders

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      katiecolette 3 years ago

      I love the itsy bitsy creatures :)

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Love this little creature.

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      jacobwaugh 3 years ago

      Great Lens! Thank you for sharing this lens "The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe". Congrats on Lens of the Day too!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Teresa Matthews-I put a very small amount of Vaseline on the line/string/cord, where the feeder is hanging from at the top of the nail/hook. This works great and it comes off when I wash it in soapy hot water. Using the Vaseline has kept all ants away every time. Just make sure you do this each time you refill the feeder. I put it on with my finger after I've hung my feeder with fresh nectar.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I live in southern Calif and have hummingbirds all year round, some of which are unique. I don't personally have other flowers nearby and I usually have 4 feeders avail. These certainly don't need for me to add additional food items such as vitamins.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @CrazyHomemaker: I'm in southern Calif and have seen up to 12-13 at once on my 4 feeders, usually getting their last 'fill-up' for the day in the summer eve. They are a mixture of Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds and some are very territorial during the day, but at night they all come together.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I use this recipe, I live in Southern California and the humming birds go crazy at the feeders.

      My feeders hold 2 cups per feeder and I have to refill every morning. Sometimes we have 12+

      Hummingbirds chasing each other around, It a blast.

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      Mary Stephenson 3 years ago from California

      Molly my indoor Siamese loves the hummingbirds. We have the feeder outside the sliding glass door. She chatters to the birds and they actually come down low and talk to her. I have seen them looking in the door to see where she is at if she is not in the kitchen. The birds are now sharing their feeder with Scott's orioles who have been showing up lately. They are not happy with the yellow birds. Molly isn't so sure about them either as they are quite a bit bigger than the hummingbirds. It is funny as a few houses from me people also have feeders out, but have not seen the orioles. They are further north than what they are supposed to be according to the bird book, but we enjoy seeing them. Even though they get the bird feeder spinning and we end up with sugar water all over the sliding glass door.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      My husband is actually the one who feeds the hummingbirds. I am emailing him your hummingbird food recipe so he can see how to save some money by making our own food for the birds.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have a question for all - how do you keep squirrels from drinking from the hummingbird feeder? I have a bottle type feeder. The squirrel hangs upside down, tilts the feeder, and drinks drink the food. I add cayenne pepper to bird seed, but was wondering if there is an equivalent for hummingbird food. Thank you.

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      glenn-brocken 3 years ago

      I have read this article twice and I see no recipe for the nectar. I guess I will be using the store bought stuff. It seems to attract them like crazy when I use it. Ants and bees are the only issues I have but read some great tips here.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @glenn-brocken: Glenn, It's in the article, near the top. In it's own section...

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      bsuth49 3 years ago

      Minus 5 C on Vancouver Island with three hummingbirds looking for food. So I am alternating two feeders with 4 to 1 water and sugar to prevent from freezing. Birds have been feeding steadily all day. Shouldn't they have gone south for winter?

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      yvonne-mradterry 3 years ago

      I also make my own Hummingbird Food, just like the recipe, except for one little thing, I don't use tap water, I buy a jug of either Distilled or spring water, it seems like it doesn't get cloudy so fast, is crystal clear, I hang my feeders in the Butterfly Bush, and also in the Trumpet Vines... This is a cover so they don't get frighten when they see big birds, like hawks flying around...

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      wessharon-pierce 3 years ago

      I live in North Florida and have the Ruby Throated hummingbirds! To my surprise I started leaving my feeders up year round and for the last several years I have hosted the Rufous hummingbirds. One year a male showed up at my feeder the first of Dec. and stayed until March! This year a female showed up in November and the male Rufous the first of Jan. and he looks like the one from last year!! It has really been a treat!! Lesson learned, keep those feeders up and maintained!!!

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      laurie-adams-3760 3 years ago

      I love feeding all the creatures that appear at my feeder. I love them so much I don't EVER use tap water, complete with fluoride and chlorine and ? Instead I use filtered water or spring water when I boil it. I also only use non-GMO, raw, organic sugar. I believe our good intentions should indeed be good and not harmful. I certainly hope this does not offend anyone, my own conscious made me pot it.

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      LGasper 3 years ago

      The more flower plants and feeders you have, the more birds you'll attract. I've been using this nectar recipe for years, but I freeze a cup of it and each time I refill (daily usually - we live in OK), I drop a couple cubes of the frozen nectar into the feeder. It helps keep the temp down a little, and the birds seem to love it.

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      laurie-cook-1000 3 years ago

      @glenn-brocken: it is 4 to one - 4 cups water... 1 cup sugar...boil water - add sugar - remove from heat - stir until sugar is dissolved and then place in clean feeder - wait until cool to hang.

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      DianeT500 3 years ago

      interesting that all your photos here has red liquid but your recipe says no red dye

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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      bjfoxglove 3 years ago

      I use the same recipe for nectar as you suggested. It works great and birds really like it. Nice lens

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      karen-genosa 3 years ago

      what can you do if bees and yellow jacks go into the feeders? I tried oil but they still get in!

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      tyreynolds0123 3 years ago

      Any recycled material DIY humming bird feeders?

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      jacobsonberggren 3 years ago

      Nearly all the snow is gone and the hummers will be here soon! Get your feeders cleaned and ready!

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      itzmaurine 3 years ago

      We hang our feeder from a Shepards Hook and spread heavy grease about 2 ft. up to deter ants.

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      55jitterbug 3 years ago

      I was told that if I spray the outside of the feeded with avons original "skin so soft" that it will keep ants away, the ants don't like this but it doesn't seem to effect the hummers, also , if u put mint around the openings, it will keep bees, wasps etc away. I tried it & it worked.

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      juliaskersey 3 years ago

      @DianeT500: It says that store bought nectar has a red coloring that wont harm the birds but not to use red dye from home.

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      sebastian-paquin 3 years ago

      Hummingbirds feed on flower that typically have a concentration of sugar of 33% or greater. It turns out that flower are pretty sweet and the birds know it. 1:4 while being sweet to us is weak tea to them. 25% isn't bad but 30% is getting closer to what they get from Agave or birds of paradise. Remember it's a numbers game, they need X amount of sugar/hour, which means if they don't get it from your feeder they have to spend the fuel to fly to where they will. Increasing the sugar seems counter intuitive cause we deal with children s want for it but too much water for the birds makes their kidneys work harder than with normal flower nectar.

      My recipe is (in a 10 cup juice pot)--

      2.5 cups of sweet (granulated cane sugar)

      7 cups of water

      35% concentration is well within their typical flower nectar and they don't need to come back so often. Even though they empty all 4 of my 16 oz feeders every day right here in the middle of Los Angeles next to the L.A. river. That is close to 64 oz of nectar. Every bird in my zip code comes to visit. sometimes 20 or more at a time.

      Please don't comment or harass me with what you think is right or wrong, do the research, read the articles and stop thinking they are human children.

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      max08520 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: LMAO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE!

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      ddp1548 3 years ago

      @jacobsonberggren: here in northern middle Tennessee I already have about 8 and I always use the ant mote (no ants ) they are the best , I normally have between 20 to 30 hummers most all summer ,

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      ddp1548 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: I do the same and you are right

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      maridots69 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: No reason to harrass you when your comments are right on Sebastian. But I do have a question.. does it hurt, in your opinion, to have the concentration even stronger? My son insists on almost a 50/50 ratio. I buy sugar in 25 pound bags in the summer time. We hang at least 6 feeders and sit back and enjoy the birds here near Dallas. I love hearing their chirping and their ability to fly like helicopters is amazing. They're always worth the investment cost of sugar for the hours of enjoyment.

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      junes-w1 3 years ago

      Appreciate ! Very informative!

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      elaine-williams-7169709 3 years ago

      I hang one of my feeders at my kitchen window so I can watch without disturbing, but ants took it over. After researching, I found a simple solution...I hang the feeder from twine that has been coated in Vaseline. No more ants! You can also wrap whatever you hang your feeders with in aluminum foil...ants won't go across it.

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      jeanie-norwood 3 years ago

      @elaine-williams-7169709: I have read on other bird sites that the Vaseline can get on their feathers and cause them problems. For the first time last year, as suggested on birder sites, I used feeders without yellow centers and did not have a problem with ants or bees.

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      dixievegandarling 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: I would love to see that many humming birds here! I am lucky to see 3 or 4 at a time and although I have seen on a couple of times I have not seen them feed. That doesn't mean they haven't but I just have not seen them.

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      wonderforest 3 years ago

      This is a great article! I noticed an increase in hummingbirds in my yard about a year or so ago and concocted this diy hummingbird feeder, if anyone else wants to make one, check it out, just google "wonder forest hummingbird" :)

      xo dana

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      linda-christoffersen-14 2 years ago

      My Humming Birds last year where so hungry for my nectar that they were bouncing on each others shoulders to take make each other move so they could take turns . I had 4 big feeders and had to fill them every other day , they were flying around like a swarm of Bees .. it was amazing . My mixture is 6 cups of water to 4 cups of sugar . Then I boil it for 2 minutes and let it cool down . Sometimes I add a 1/4 teaspoon organic cherry juice to the mixture too . Everyone in the neighborhood is jealous because they are all over at my house .

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      brenda-vieira-7771 2 years ago

      I live in ma . The humming birds here do not seem to eat from feeders that do not have the yellow flower in the center of the red flower . I an neighbors have bought Al kinds of feeders for them . The only ones are the small cheap plastic ones . They empty them like no tomorrow . We are making more every couple days . Love them to come an visit . Beautiful looking birds . We put the feeders in plant pots right in front of us here they come . Need to take pictures . Boo 'hood camera broken .

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      jenny43 2 years ago

      Can also hang feeder from tiny jewelry wire which the ants will not go over. :)

      Notice that there are no nutrients but carbs, i.e., sugar. Audubon or your local birding store will have sugar syrup or powder with nutrients that are needed.

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      pooterblossom 2 years ago

      What about vitamins and minerals? They can live on sugar alone?

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      j6girl9 2 years ago

      @maridots69: My neighbors have feeders out and they seem to all flock around mine... I use about a 50/50 mixture... I have tons of them while my neighbor who has 4 feeders out gets very few unless my feeder is empty :o}

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      ilenespurlin 2 years ago

      I have a lot of hummingbirds, and times the ants start to become a problem. I put a dab of mayonnaise on the hanger and ants are no longer a problem.

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      cheli-dappen 2 years ago

      I have a question, the flowers on my hummingbird feeder have faded. Can I repaint them red, or will the paint smell detract them.

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      cheli-dappen 2 years ago

      The color on the flowers on my feeder has faded. If I paint it will it detract the birds.

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      Stephanie 2 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @cheli-dappen: No! Painting is FINE! You can also tie red, pink or other brightly colored ribbon to the feeder. Anything that has the bright colors will attract them.

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      mary-coffee-bready 2 years ago

      @pooterblossom: They should get everything else they need from plants and insects. The sugar water is for energy I think.

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      patc 2 years ago

      I actually add more sugar to the water during late summer, especially Sept...they will soon start their flight south and will need extra energy. Next year, I'll buy the hummingbird feeders that have the raised flowers and the mesh covering the holes to avoid the bees. This is the first year I had a bee problem and it just started towards the end of August.

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      Cozette K 2 years ago

      Please make sure you wash the feeders when you refill them. I put a very tiny amount of color of in the water and rinse out the feeder. I also use a long brush to scrub the inside. Then rinse and rinse! I also scrub where they eat out of. Happy Humming!

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      Cozette K 2 years ago

      Sorry, I meant to say clorox. A small amount of clorox water. Then rinse and rinse it out! Use a bottle brush. Never use any type of dye. They will find the feeders if they are around.

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      pipeman1000 2 years ago

      cane sugar only what is wrong with you people[ not sugar beets]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      pipeman1000 2 years ago

      no yellow color that will attract bees

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      cutterdee 2 years ago

      I live in the central part of western Washington. I have been feeding 3 hummers all winter. 2 weeks ago a red throated hummer joined my little group. So now feeding 4. I only put out 8 oz of food at a time. When the nights get into the 20s I bring the feeder in, put it back out just about dawn.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      This looks like the best way to photograph hummingbirds. When feding from flowers they are such a blur.

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      Mariana 22 months ago

      PLEASE don't feed junk sugar to hummingbirds, it eventually kills them. The food they get naturally from plants its not refined sugar, it has a balanced mixture of nutrients. When you give them sugar water they miss on the valuable nutrients in the nectar of plants and eventually their system collapse and they die of undernourishment. Let them feed naturally from plant nectar. Plant a flower garden instead.

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      Debbie 21 months ago

      My feeder doesn't have a moat, but it hangs from a center wire. I took a plastic cover from a small coffee can and put a small hole in the center. I fed the wire through the hole and fill it with water to keep the ants out. Works like a charm!

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      MARY S. 7 months ago

      WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEET SUGAR I WAS JUST GETTING READ TO PUT SOME IN A FEEDER?

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