How To Attract Hummingbirds

Our hummingbird tips will help inform you on how to successfully attract hummingbirds to your backyard or patio.

Our yard is registered with the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Our first feeder was a hummingbird feeder. That birdfeeder lead to another, then another and before long our yard became an oasis for nature. Being long-time hummingbird feeders, we would like to share our success with you in hopes of bring nature to your yard! ~ Town And Country Birds

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1. Hummingbird Diet: The hummingbird’s diet consists of flower nectar, insects and artificial sugar water. They have no sense of smell and rely on site to find their food source. If this is your first attempt to feeding hummingbirds, you may want to plant or hang a basket of red flowers near your feeder. The red blooms will attract the birds and they will quickly find your feeder.

2. Picking The Right Feeder: Hummingbirds can be trained to feed at any sugar-water feeder. They are attracted to red, so any feeder that has red on it will attract hummingbirds. If your feeder is not red, just tie an artificial red flower to the feeder. It is “best practice” to stay away from coloring the sugar-water red with food coloring. As long as the base of the feeder is red, the hummers will find the feeder. It may take a few weeks for the hummingbirds to start using a new feeder. Hummingbirds are very territorial! Males will show their dominance by hovering or chasing other hummers away from their feeder! The best thing to do is add other hummingbird feeders to your feeding stations. Hummingbirds are extremely loyal and will remember where their feeding stations were from the previous summer!

3. Hummingbird Nectar Recipe: The standard nectar recipe is 1 part white cane sugar to 4 parts tap water. Bring water just to a boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved-do not cook. Cool before pouring into feeders. Remaining nectar can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Never increase or decrease the sugar content of the nectar recipe. Do not use sugar substitutes or honey, which can harm the birds. Honey promotes a deadly fungal disease! Place the feeder in a shady spot to deter spoilage.

4. Keep Your Feeder Clean: It is vital to keep your hummingbird feeder clean! Sugar water will ferment in hot weather. Hummingbirds are creatures of habit and will be discourage from coming back to the feeding station if the nectar is bad. Clean your feeder every 2-3 days. Try using hot water with a little white vinegar. It is better than using soap, for the hummers won’t like traces of soap left in the nectar. Make sure you clean not only the bottle, but the ports and bottom of the feeder as well.

5. Beware Insect Invaders: Many hummingbird feeders are made with built-in bee guards. However, ants can be a problem! Nectar Protectors or moats are the simplest way to control ant invasion. Attach it above your feeder and fill with water. This blocks the ant’s pathway to the feeder because ants cannot swim.

6. Hummingbird Gardens: If you want to plant a garden to attract hummers, here are a few of their favorite plants: honeysuckles, trumpet vine, petunias, fuchsias, lilacs, bee balm, phlox, geraniums, Rose of Sharon, columbine, Indian paintbrush and salvia. Ask your local garden store for other plants that may grow well in your area.

*We hope this How To Attract Hummingbirds article will help bring nature to your yard!

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