Hummingbirds are one of the smallest species of bird in the world. They are named after the humming noise their fast beating wings make. Some of them are bright colored and very pretty, and you can attract them to your garden by planting their favorite plants, using a lot of red colored items, installing perches, and shallow fountains, and putting up a hummingbird feeder.
When you’re looking for a hummingbird feeder, you have two options. You can buy a variety of feeders in stores or online, or you can make your own. When you’re buying one, you have a huge range of choice, and extra features, like the feeder being in the shape of a red flower, both of which attract hummingbirds. You can get ant guards to stop ants from taking their food, or they may have them built in.
You can make your own humming bird feeder. You can use materials from around your house, such as glass bottles, and the feeder tubes can be ordered online. Feeder tubes can be glass or plastic, and you can get flower shaped ports for the end. Adding a flower shaped port is designed to attract the hummingbird to the feeder.
If you are making your own hummingbird feeder, you do need to make sure that whatever container you’re using is properly cleaned and rinsed. The most appealing part about making your own feeder is that the only limitation is your imagination.
You can find a variety of hummingbird feeder recipes online. They eat nectar naturally, and there are recipes which replicate this for a feeder. One recipe is four parts water to one part white cane sugar. This mixture can be stored in your fridge for two weeks. (see: how to make your own hummingbird feeder nectar)
Where the feeder is in the garden is also important. The best place is probably close to the plants and flowers that are the most attractive for hummingbirds. Feeders do better in the shade, as it helps the food. They also need to be level. The feeder should be rinsed with plain hot water whenever the food is being replaced, and thoroughly cleaned every few months. Hummingbirds don’t like the taste of soaps, so cleaning can only be done with plain water. If the feeder is dirty, the food could spoil. Hummingbirds won’t eat spoiled food, so a dirty feeder won’t hurt them, but they may not return, because there is no food to attract them.
The feeding tubes may become loose, or crack and break over time and use. This does not mean that a whole new feeder needs to be bought or made. Hummingbird feeder replacement tubes are easy to find on the internet. They can be purchased from specialist sites or hey can be found on general sale sites, like amazon.com, and ebay.com. There can be some size difference, so if you need to replace a feeding tube for a store bought feeder, you will need to find one from the same manufacturer. Once you have found the right size for your feeder, it’s very easy and simple to replace.
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