Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hummingbird Feeders Make Your Garden Nicer

Because of the brilliant colors and their motionless, hovering feeding habits of hummingbirds, they are spectacular to watch while being the smallest birds in the world. These birds are small, averaging 3.5 inches from head to tail.

The best way to feed hummingbirds is by using a nectar feeder that you place high enough on a branch so that other animals cannot feed from it. A mixture of sugar and water is the best way to attract hummingbirds. This blend is the closest approximation to flower nectar available. When you prepare homemade nectar you should not use honey, molasses or any other artificial sweeteners.

A simple recipe for homemade nectar is 1 cup of sugar and 3 cups of water, bring to a boil melting the sugar, set aside to cool. When this mixture is cool you can fill your feeder. This is a 1 to 3 mix. You should not add food coloring to the mix.

Hummingbirds rely on the nectar from flowers and other sources for energy but also eat small insects for protein. You should be able to successfully attract hummingbirds to a backyard feeder with a proper combination of cleanliness, timing, and consistency.

A hummingbird feeder has to be clean and the nectar fresh or the bird will not feed from it and if it does, it may become sick. A hummingbird feeder should be colorful, red and orange seem to be the best colors for attracting the birds. In addition, you may attach red ribbon to the feeder making it easier for hummingbirds in the vicinity to find it.

There are a couple of different types of hummingbird feeders. The dish type has a perch and allows a good view of the way a hummingbird feeds. The gravity fed bottle feeder has no perch so that eliminates the problem of other animals landing on it to feed. Hummingbird feeders come in many different styles and shapes from simple glass or plastic bottles and home made feeder plates to beautifully hand blown glass bulbs that enhance the charm of any backyard.

The best time to hang your hummingbird feeder is shortly before spring. If a hummingbird is drawn to the bird feeder during this time, it will likely return throughout the spring, summer, and well into fall.

Adding flowers and feeders to your garden will attract hummingbirds. Many plants that attract butterflies to your yard will also attract hummingbirds. You ought to be able to locate hummingbird feeders as well as this kind of plant in every gardening equipment store in your vicinity.

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