FEEDING LOCAL HUMMINGBIRDS










Our local Anna Hummingbird

(Female on left, Male with Deep Red Throat)


Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe:


One part Pure Cane Sugar to

four parts boiling water - stir

until sugar is dissolved. 

1 ((sugar) to 4 (boiling water)


Measure examples:
 One cup of sugar to four cups of water
 
Bring solution to a boil to kill
bacteria and slow spoilage. Add to Pure Cane Sugar and refrigerate, preferably overnight, to cool completely. 


What you don't use can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks. 


Fill the feeder to about 1/2 or 3/4 full, unless you have lots of hummingbirds who empty it out quickly.  


Add an ant moat above the hummingbird feeder to keep away ants, who are strongly attracted to that sweet sugar-water combination. You can search for these online. I like these attractive ones which I found on Ebay.


Also, choose feeders which are easy to take apart and clean. I also prefer the ones with the feet rests in front of the flowers, as shown in the picture above.


Protect the feeder from the sun, as this causes the sugar-water to grow mold. Very Bad.


About once a week, wash with hot soapy water with added white vinegar, while scrubbing the insides well.


Do not use: raw sugar, agave syrup, brown sugar, molasses, artificial sweeteners, or anything other than Pure Cane Sugar. These cause various problems for hummers. 


Adding red food-dye coloring is unnecessary. The red on a feeder is enough to attract hummers. DO NOT USE HONEY as this can kill hummingbirds.


Do not use store-bought hummingbird nectar, as it has preservatives in it, which is harmful to the hummingbirds.

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(coming soon - more about feeding birds with birdseed)

​​Keep all birdseed in a dry location, safe from rodents and other pests in plastic or metal storage bins.   Be sure to regularly clean feeders to reduce the spread of disease amongst bird populations and frequently change seed to prevent it from becoming stale or moldy.  Only put out enough seed for the day.  If you're just starting to feed birds, start with a cup of seed per feeder per day.  As your feeder gets 'discovered', add more seed.  

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SQUIRRELS:  Discourage squirrels by placing feeders at least 5-feet high and 8-feet away from tree trunks and limbs.  Also use baffles over and under feeders to discourage unwanted creatures and to protect from bad weather.   Provide birds with plenty of water for bathing and drinking, and change the water daily.