I love hummingbirds!! Here you will find the hummingbird families that I take care of year after year and information about how to care for your own hummingbirds! Click the photos for a larger view and more information.
Hummingbird Basic Care:
Please DO NOT use hummingbird food with red dye mixed in! There have been no tests done on hummingbirds to see if the dye effects them and there are reports that it may cause tumors. Why take the risk at harming an innocent little bird? They will find your feeders without tinting your food!
Basic Hummingbird Food Mix:
Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
It’s not necessary to boil the water. The microorganisms that cause fermentation don’t come from the water; they are transported to the feeder on hummingbird bills. Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Change every 3-4 days. Anytime food looks cloudy it needs to be changed immediately.
If you are having trouble attracting hummingbirds to your yard try some of these tips:
- Plant trumpet shaped flowers. They are attracted to bell shaped plants but hummingbirds will visit nearly all the flowers in your garden, you just may not notice!
- Try placing a red silk flower (you can find them at any craft store) to your feeder. They are attracted to the color red and will naturally come over to investigate. You may also try attaching a red ribbon but I have had success with the flower, so I know it works.
- Hummingbirds do not stay at feeders for long periods of time but they do visit often, so you may just be missing their landing time. Our hummingbirds prefer feeders where they can actually sit and feed over free hanging feeders. Hummingbirds seldom ever stop to rest so they will appreciate a feeder with a little resting ledge!
- Check to see if your feeder is clean of mold and soap debris. They do not like the taste of soap and will avoid any unclean feeders.
- Keep a watch for territorial birds. Some hummingbirds are bullies and will not allow others to feed from a feeder they have claimed. To remedy this, hang feeders at varying heights or in other places. One little bird can’t guard them all, all of the time!
- Along with keeping your feeder clean, watch for ants and other bugs. If ants are invading your feeder this will make hummingbirds avoid them until the problem is fixed. Ant motes can be added to any traditional feeder or you can buy a saucer feeder (like pictured above) with a built in ant mote. Ants will not cross water and there are no harmful chemicals or anything the birds can be hurt on.. so it’s safe for the ants, safe for the birds.