Attract Hummingbirds with Homemade Nectar
I don't set out feeders because I have a heavily landscaped acre with all sorts of flowers and about 100 Rose of Sharons. The hummers seem to prefer the Rose of Sharons to all the other flowers. But I have seen them on some of the annuals like zinnias, too.
I use a quart jar for mixing nectar (1 cup sugar and fill jar with cold water and shake until dissolved) have 5 feeders hanging in front of sun porch and 1 hanging outside kitchen windows in the rear and have 25-35 hummingbirds every year. Love watching and feeding them
I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the many different Hummingbirds. I will most certainly purchase a Hummingbird feeder and plaace it out in my back yard. Thank You for all the informative facts conerning this type of bird.
I lived for 12 years in Deep South Texas, on the migratory route for several varieties of hummingbirds. At the peak of the migration, I used a gallon of nectar DAILY in my six feeders that attracted dozens & dozens of hummers.
I advise buying feeders that can be disassembled and are dishwasher safe. The dishwasher water, I found, was hotter than anything I could tolerate by hand washing. My feeders were very clean by doing this.
If you have bottle-type feeders, do invest in a couple bottle brushes, to scrub any nasty stuff that sometimes grows in the feeder.
Thank you for the cleaning advice. I have 5 feeders up since late February when we saw a couple looking around. We must be in the migrating path here in north central Texas because one day there are 4-6, the next 30 and the next day back to the regular 4-6.
When we pull the feeders from storage and clean them, we use vinegar. I don't have any bottle brush that can get whatever is stuck inside so after soaking and rinsing the vinegar I use a couple tablespoons of sugar and a little water to swirl and "sand" the inside of the feeder. Rinse again and fill!
We reduce the number of feeders when our 50+ Red Yucca plants and flower garden are in full bloom!
Thanks again for your information!
I don't boil the water, just use hot water and shake the jar until all of the sugar dissolves. I replace the nectar every other day when the temperature is below 80°F/26.6°C; every day when above. If you use bleach (I do not) you MUST make sure to rinse ALL of the bleach off. I just scrub thoroughly with the hottest water I can stand and use a bristle brush to clean the sipping ports.
I agree about not using Bleach to clean Hummingbird feeders! I just use plain dish soap and very hot water, and rinse completely. Never had a problem and I have Hummers feeding all the time. Also, I agree with another poster that the simple "disk" or "Humzinger" feeders are the best. Easy to clean and no leaking like the glass bottles! I have one large feeder hanging under my deck canopy and a smaller one outside my kitchen window. They are used every day.