A Recipe For Hummingbird Food That Anyone Can Make
A recipe for hummingbird food and a hummingbird feeder is all you need to get an up close view of these small high energy birds as they dart from flower to flower in search of nectar for food.
Hanging your feeder close to a window will give you the best view. I like to use a window feeder that attaches right to the window with a suction cup. Many mornings I have watched hummingbirds feed without getting out of bed this way. They tend to get up and about earlier than I do.
If you can, get a couple of feeders and hang them in different spots around your yard out of view of each other. Hummingbirds are very territorial and will chase one another. Having two feeders will help resolve this problem.
Sturdy glass or plastic feeders that can survive being dropped now and then would be a good choice.
The most important trait in a good feeder though, is to find one that is easy to take apart and clean. When the weather gets hot the hummingbird food will have to be changed every couple days to keep your feeder clean.
One of the best Hummingbird feeders that’s easy to take apart and clean is the HummZinger Ultra.
Aspects 12oz HummZinger Ultra With Nectar Guard. It’s only $28.18 and has several features that makes it well worth the price.
The HummZinger 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 HummZinger 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 and is made of unbreakable polycarbonate. For ease of cleaning and protection from bees, wasps and ants, this feeder can’t be beat.
A dirty feeder won’t attract hummingbirds and is harmful to the hummingbirds. When the food becomes cloudy you know it is time to change it or mold will grow on your feeder.
Feeders should be cleaned frequently. You can soak them in a mild bleach solution (10 parts hot water to 1 part chlorine bleach). Soak for 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly before filling it with hummingbird food.
Recipe for hummingbird food
Once you have a feeder you can move on to the quick, easy recipe for hummingbird food. All you do is add 1 part white granulated sugar to 4 parts water. You must boil the water and then add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Boiling the water helps dissolve the sugar and kills any impurities in the sugar or water that might make the sugar water spoil faster. Boiling for about two minutes will be sufficient. It must then be cooled before you add it to your hummingbird feeders. Any leftover hummingbird nectar can then be kept in your refrigerator for up to2 weeks.
As far as using red colored hummingbird food goes, it’s really not necessary. The red on your feeder will be enough red to attract the hummingbirds, so there is no need to add any food coloring to the recipe for hummingbird food.
Now you’re all set, your nectar is made and you have an easy to clean feeder (HummZinger Ultra) that will protect your recipe for hummingbird food from ants, bees and wasps.
If you already have a hummingbird feeder, and you want to protect it from ants and other crawling insects, the ant moat below will do the job.
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 water, providing a barrier to crawling pests. Red color to attract hummingbirds.
Enjoy your hummingbirds and I hope you enjoyed this article on a recipe for hummingbird food.
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