By Allan Hall
Don’t you just love to watch Hummingbirds as they dart among the bright flowers in your garden? Hummingbirds enjoy nectar from flowers, eating insects and drinking nectar syrup from Humming bird feeders. In America itself there are over 18 different kinds of Hummingbirds.
Want to know how to attract beautiful Hummingbirds to your garden? Give them the food they like – nectar. Nectar placed into a Humming bird feeder will draw Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds will eat more than twice their body weight in nectar, so having Humming bird feeders placed throughout your garden will help in their quest for more food. There are a large variety of Humming bird feeders that you can choose from, that will decorate your garden nicely.
Essentially Hummingbirds need the nectar to power the insect eating machine that they are. The nectar provides the energy that they need, while the soft-bodied insects and spiders provide the protein. Banana peels that are overripe are good to set out to attract the flies for your Hummingbirds. I have a box of bananas and within a short period of time, I am inundated with flies.
Now back to the Hummingbird feeders.
Perky Pet Humming bird feeders offer endless designs for you to choose from. Some models come in the shape of strawberries or apples. Their body shape is bright red, which helps to attract the birds’ attention as Hummingbirds love the color red. It’s shatterproof and holds about 48oz. of nectar. If your Hummingbirds prefer one style over another, it’s probably simply a matter of familiarity. If you change feeders, it may be in your best interest to hang the old one empty alongside the new one. I would recommend the HummZinger and similar well-designed basin feeders for their ruggedness as well as their ease of maintenance.
You then have the Hummingbird Oasis feeder varieties from Perky Pet. These Humming bird feeders have a built-in ant moat that is between the feeding ports and the rod. With 6 feeding stations each has an individual perch and yellow flower feeding port.
Where to hang your feeder? A new one may be found sooner if hung over or near a garden of hummingbird plants. My feeders are near windows, where I can watch and enjoy them: one is in a living room window, another outside the kitchen. But, as a word of caution, ensure that your window has a blind or drawn curtain behind it to prevent your Hummingbirds from flying into the window.
Here’s the recipe for artificial nectar (syrup):
·Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
·Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Generally the body of most Humming bird feeders is red. This is an invitation to dine in your garden to any hummingbird passing by, bringing a profusion of color to your garden.
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My favorite feeder is the Humzinger Ultra
It’s inexpensive and has several features that makes it well worth the price.
The Humzinger has patented Nectar guard tips which are flexible membranes attached to the feed ports that prohibit entry from flying insects, but allow Hummingbirds to feed as usual. The Humzinger also has a built in ant moat that will stop crawling insects from getting to the nectar. It also has raised flower ports that divert rain.
This mid-size nectar feeder has a 12 oz. capacity and can be hung or post mounted with hardware provided. It has four feeding ports for hummingbirds and is made of unbreakable polycarbonate. Easy to clean.
A good set of small hummingbird feeder brushes is invaluable and will save lots of time, when it comes to keeping your feeder clean.Product Description
Features: You should wash your feeder every time you refill it. Mold and dirt can build up quickly and can be harmful. Brushes are great for stubborn spots and hard to reach areas. Includes 3 brushes to clean every part of your hummingbird feeder. Brushes clean the stems or opening of the feeder flowers and the sides and bottom of the nectar bottles.
|The first and still the best to protect your Hummingbird and Oriole feeder from ants and other crawling insects. Insert between hanger and feeder and fill with 6 oz. of water, providing a barrier to crawling pests. It is easily mounted with two 3/8″ diameter (open) hangers, plated for excellent weather protection. The TRAP-IT™ is molded of one piece weather resistant plastic.|
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